TEDIndia Announces List of Inspiring Speakers from Across the Globe

Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:34pm EDT

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- Revealed: 40 speakers and performers for TEDIndia, to be held in Mysore,
November 4-7, 2009 -- the first TED event ever in India

NEW DELHI, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The TEDIndia conference -- the first-ever
TED event held in India -- today announced an inspiring list of speakers for
the upcoming conference, to be held in Mysore this November 4-7, 2009. The
theme of TEDIndia is "The Future Beckons."

TEDIndia's list of speakers is an inspirational and unusual mix of people from
diverse disciplines. Doctor and researcher Hans Rosling will share surprising
data on international health; the founder of Aveda, Horst Rechelbacher, will
talk about his new life as an ecopreneur; and mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik
will talk about the surprising link between mythology and business. They'll be
part of a fast-paced, highly curated three-day stage program featuring TED's
famous 18-minute talks, plus music, comedy, dance, short talks, video
interludes and other surprises.

And because the theme of TEDIndia is "The Future Beckons," the event will
welcome many young minds with stimulating ideas. Among the new voices from
India and around the world will be Ryan Lobo, photographer and documentary
filmmaker; Pranav Mistry, of the MIT Media Lab, the genius behind the
blockbuster SixthSense demo; and A. Balasubramaniam, the Bangalore-based
artist. Additionally, 100 TEDIndia Fellows will be announced next week.

See the full list of speakers and performers below (more speakers and special
guests will be announced closer to the conference).

TEDIndia will be co-hosted by TED's curator, Chris Anderson, and longtime TED
attendee Lakshmi Pratury, who has spent years building bridges between India
and the West. Pratury is the CEO of Ixoraa Media, which hosts the Aamra Grove

"TEDIndia is an opportunity to bring even more global voices to TED, and to
bring TED's energy and entrepreneurship to India, it is an opportunity to play
host to a group of extraordinary talents from around the world and across
disciplines," Pratury says.  "The idea is to stimulate the five senses. The
ideas that emerge at TEDIndia might translate into world changing actions in
the future. Moreover, it will also create new business and innovation networks
and lifelong associations," she adds.

Talking about the idea behind bringing TED to India, Chris Anderson says, "At
a time of huge economic uncertainty, one thing remains clear: There's been an
unmistakable shift of influence to the east. We wanted to examine the future
from the vantage point of India, a country that's re-inventing itself daily
and whose influence is reshaping the world."

Infosys will both host and sponsor the conference at its architecturally rich
training campus in Mysore. In addition, innovative companies like Ramco
Systems, Cisco, Intel, Barclays and Google, and venture capital firms like
Sherpalo Ventures and Intellectual Venture Partners, are partnering with
TEDIndia to make this first-ever conference in India a success.

"Infosys is happy and proud to partner with TED and host TEDIndia on our
campus in Mysore. We are looking forward to an exciting and innovative event,"
says Kris Gopalakrishnan, CEO and Managing Director, Infosys Technologies Ltd.

Satya Bansal, Chief Executive of Barclays Wealth, India, says, "TED provides
an ideal platform to showcase our brand values. We are happy to support the
TEDIndia conference, which will see the confluence of some of the greatest
minds in the country and outside."

Under the theme "The Future Beckons," some of the issues TEDIndia will address
    --  Who are the young thinkers and doers capable of shaping the future?
    --  What local innovations are destined for global impact?
    --  Can there be economic advancement without environmental destruction?
    --  Can a pluralistic democracy survive in the face of rising
    --  Do we have enough water for everyone?

    --  How do we keep our youth challenged and our aged healthy?

The full list of speakers and performers announced today (more speakers will
be added closer to the conference):


Anand Mahindra, managing director, Mahindra and Mahindra
Anil Gupta, from IIM Ahmedabad, the founder of the Honeybee Network
Anupam Mishra, expert on water harvesting
A. Balasubramaniam, artist
Banny Banerjee, architect
C.K. Prahalad, management and innovation guru
Charles Anderson, marine biologist
Devdutt Pattanaik, mythologist
Erin McKean, editor of the new online dictionary Wordnik
Eve Ensler, playwright and activist
Hans Rosling, medical researcher and data wizard
Harsha Bogle, cricket commentator
Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Aveda and Intelligent Nutrients
Jib Ellison, sustainability expert
Kamal Haasan, film actor and director
Kavita Ramdas, president and CEO of Global Fund for Women
Mallika Sarabhai, social entrepreneur and performer
Matthew Spacie, founder, Magic Bus
Pawan Sinha, MIT vision researcher and head of Project Prakash
Pranav Mistry, MIT grad student and inventor of SixthSense
R.A. Mashelkar, business and innovation guru
Robert Thurman, Buddhist scholar
Romulus Whitaker, herpetologist
Ryan Lobo, photographer and documentary filmmaker
Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev, yogi and founder of Isha Foundation
Sashwati Banerjee of "Sesame Street"
Sendhil Mullainathan, economist
Shamsul Wares, architect
Shashi Tharoor, India's Minister of State for External Affairs
Shekhar Kapur, film director and producer
Shukla Bose, founder, Parikrama Humanity Foundation
Sunitha Krishnan, activist against human trafficking
Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com


Ananda Shankar Jayant, dancer
Anil Srinivasan and Sikkil GuruCharan, classical musicians
Dan Nainan, comedian
Mukul Deora, rapper and producer
Sidi Goma, African Sufi dance troupe
Usha Uthup, legendary singer

For more information on TEDIndia or to register, visit

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a
four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those
world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference
invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their
talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included
Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson,
Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK
Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long
Beach, California; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK, and this
November, the TEDIndia Conference will be held in Mysore, India. TED's media
initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open
Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as
well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.
TED has established the annual TED Prize, where three exceptional individuals
with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes
into action, and  TEDx , which offers individuals or groups a way to host
local, self-organized events around the world.

Follow TED on Twitter, twitter.com/tedtalks, or on Facebook,

TEDIndia, "The Future Beckons," will be held in Nov. 4-7, 2009, in Mysore,
India. TED2010, "What the World Needs Now," will be held Feb. 9-13, 2010, in
Long Beach, California, with TEDActive, a simulcast conference of TED2010, in
Palm Springs, California. TEDGlobal 2010, "And Now the Good News," will be
held July 13-16, 2010, in Oxford, UK.

About TEDIndia
TEDIndia will be held November 4-7, 2009, just outside Mysore, on the
high-tech campus built by Infosys to train its thousands of engineering
graduates. TEDIndia offers a fast-paced, highly curated three-day stage
program featuring TED's famous 18-minute talks, plus music, comedy, dance,
short talks, video interludes and other surprises. Preconference, there's a
full day of TED University, during which TEDIndia attendees can give their own
short talks or performances. TEDIndia will host a class of 100 exceptional TED
Fellows from around the world -- young thinkers and doers in all fields who
can become tomorrow's leaders. Sponsors of TEDIndia include Infosys,
Google.org, Nokia and Sherpalo Ventures.

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