Speakers Unveiled for TEDIndia to be held in Mysore

The list of 40 cream speakers being touted as the “torchbearers of the future” and performers has been revealed as the TEDIndia gets ready for the Mysore conference to be held between 4th-7th November ‘09

The first time in India TED will feature speakers like Speakers range from artist Balasubramaniam to researcher Hans Rosling from film maker Shekhar Kapur to MIT whiz kid Pranav Mistry ... from a Sesame Street star to Shashi Tharoor, India's Minister of State for External Affairs.

The first ever TEDIndia conference has revealed its inspiring list of speakers for the upcoming conference, to be held in Mysore between 4th-7th November on the theme of "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 Balasubramaniam, the Bangalore-based artist. Additionally, 100 TEDIndia Fellows will be announced next week.

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 retreat.

"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 Barclays Wealth, Ramco Systems, Cisco, Intel, and 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.

Under the theme "The Future Beckons," some of the issues TEDIndia will address are:
  • 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 fundamentalism?
  • 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
Bala Subramaniam, 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,


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

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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.

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,, Nokia and Sherpalo Ventures.

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