My Journey to becoming a TEDx Curator

I have been always mesmerised by the world of TED. TED, which stands for Technology Entertainment and Design, has grown a lot more and is rarely now restricted to these domains. It is where ideas are born and conversations take centre stage.

In 2009, Lakshmi Pratury was the driving force of bringing TED to India. TEDIndia took place at the sprawling campus of Infosys at Mysore. Post which she started her own journey of establishing INK. INK which stands for Innovation and Knowledge became instantly very popular and a national level conference to the tune of TED. In fact, for the first five years, INK was in association with TED.

I have been associated with INK as a volunteer since 2013, right through all of their conferences from Kochi, Mumbai and Goa. These conferences have inspired me so much. I have learnt something new and in areas which I never thought would interest me. This motivated me to do something at a very community level. Where individuals are contributing to the development and betterment of a particular community. And that led to the inception of TEDxBandra.

TEDxBandra, a one-day conference is happening on 26 March at Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir, Bandra(W). It is a platform where scientists, authors, educators, musicians, and people from a variety of hues come together and talk about intellectually stimulating ideas, and issues that matter. TED is a global foundation devoted to “Ideas worth spreading”.

Founded in 1984, TED began as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged. Since then, its scope has become broader, covering almost all topics; from science to business to global issues. TED is a platform and a global movement focused on meaningful change through the power of ideas! TEDxBandra, a TEDx event happening at Bandra, Mumbai; will host a series of talks that strive to bring people together and also discuss on giving back to the Bandra community.

Bandra is a suburban Village, located at Western Mumbai. A cultural extravaganza starts right from street arts, extending audaciously to community places. Bandra is the heart of Mumbai, where music reverberates at each and every corner. It is a hub for numerous restaurants, bars and pubs. From Bandstand Kisses to Sea link drives, Star homes to a shopper’s Paradise. Bandra is all about Food, fashion, Music, Movies, Experiences, Stories, People and Events. Hence It is aptly called the ‘Queen of the Suburbs’. And this is what TEDxBandra wants to bring out on the stage.

My notion of Curation was skewed until I met Raghuveer Surupa, who is currently the curator for TEDxDharavi. He told me curation process in not only about working on the scripts and the talk style of the speakers but in fact assessing the grass root problems of the communities and bringing in people together who have contributed to these communities. When the idea is clear so as to what is the entire purpose of organising an area level TEDx conference is, and as a curator one is focussed on the values which can be added to the society, the entire process of curation becomes very streamlined and easier.

The idea of TEDxBandra is to provide a platform to the Bandra community where everyone can promote cultural exchange. The Theme for this year’s conference is ‘Unilateral Act, Universal Impact’ celebrates the fact that how a simple idea if executed perfectly can have a universally larger impact. This happens once the idea reaches its tipping point and becomes viral. A unilateral act can ignite millions, a voice can move a country, and a single action inspires people beyond boundaries.

More than 18 speakers will be joining on stage at TEDxBandra and participate in this one extravaganza. The conference will also showcase performances by various artistes. A unilateral act can inspire millions, a single voice can move a country, and some actions pushes us beyond boundaries.

At TEDxBandra we will explore this theme in a myriad of aspects of Technology, Design, Education, Psychology, Basic Human Rights, Art, Music, and Business to Medicine and much more, and accelerate the discussion of how one idea can change the world. Speakers such as Shaheen Mistri, Puja Marwaha, Vaibhav Lodha, Capt. Raghu Raman, Rushva Parihar, Jas Charanjiva, Ajeet Khurana, Puja Marwaha and many more shall be voicing out their thoughts and shall enlighten us about their journey of universal impact.

The journey to organising my first ever conference has been a roller coaster ride, but so enriching. It has taught me so much before the conference itself. The best part about the whole journey is how everyone has come together and supported this initiative in a variety of ways. I am also so proud of my team of twenty who are working round the clock to make our first TEDxBandra an unforgettable one.

Come support us and be a part of this journey and experience this event which I along with my team have curated for all of you. For more details, you can visit http://www.tedxbandra.in and follow us on @tedxbandra.

 

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