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Theme: Redefining Limits

This event occurred on
January 25, 2014
4:00pm - 7:00pm IST
(UTC +5.5hrs)
Bangalore, KA

We are prisoners of stereotypes, of being confined to those broken details of societal human brilliance. These chains, these limits are to be unbound from our existence. To break free is to seek new horizons and to scale unimaginable boundaries only to redefine excellence and gather adulation.
Limits may be set, but they will always be redefined, by those daring enough to be different.

Christ University
Christ University
Hosur Road
Bangalore, KA, 560029
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Alok Bharadwaj

Epic Browser is said to be the first-ever web browser for India. One must be very well aware and user of famous web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape Navigator, Opera and etc. But this browser comes with the Indian touch and style. One of reasons it can be called an Indian browser is its facility of typing in Indian languages. One is not aware of any other browser that really has content and language support which represents not all but a large, large part of India—news for every single state, language support for 12 Indian languages, 1500+ Indian themes and wallpapers. This browser is founded by a Bangalore based company called Hidden Reflex, headed by Alok Bhardwaj. Alok Bharadwaj, formerly a mergers & acquisitions investment banker for technology and other companies, is the founder of Hidden Reflex. Mr. Bhardwaj earned a degree in philosophy from Princeton University in 1996. He is a founding member of, and is also the proprietor of a New York City-based educational services firm. His interests outside of technology are world music, cinema, art, poetry, and science. Not just India, the world as Epic has been downloaded in 178 countries. In just its first month, Epic had cleared 450,000 downloads which is a tremendous start.

Ramesh Babu

Ramesh Babu is a Bangalore-based barber who gives customers a haircut for a modest ₹100 but owns a Rolls Royce Ghost worth ₹ 3 crore, and 67 other cars. When his father died in 1979, Ramesh, a nine year-old boy, was literally on the streets. The barber shop his father ran on Brigade Road’s St Patrick’s Complex was rented out for ₹ 5 per day. Ramesh’s family survived on that money. Babu was nine when his father died in 1979, leaving the family with nothing. To make ends meet, they rented out his father’s saloon on Brigade Road for a mere ₹5 per day. Forced to get a fulltime job, Babu dropped out of school after Class 10 and started working as a barber. The career choice paid off better than he could have imagined. In 1991, he started his own salon, Inner Space, which gained popularity among the city’s trendy bunch. But the turnaround happened in 1994, when Babu purchased a humble Maruti Omni van and started renting it out. Seventeen years later, his car collection is anything but humble. Apart from the Rolls Royce, his fleet includes four Mercedes, an equal number of BMWs and 50 Toyota Innovas

Chetan Shiva

Chetan Shiva is the person who was responsible for the creation of the logo of Mind Tree. At the age of 17, he was chosen along with some others from the spastic society of children to create this iconic logo. This logo that he created has now become a symbol of always moving up, and opening your mind and broadening our imagination. Many a times, we look everywhere for inspiration when it actually is right in front of us. As one who has broken down a lot of barriers and formed the symbol of one of the best IT companies of India, Chetan is both, an inspiration and example of people redefining limits.


Thaalavattam aims to clean up the plastic waste that is plaguing India, through music. It is a high-tech immersive entertainment experience that inspires people to reuse, reduce and reclaim. This is a percussion-based project by Montry Manuel, which uses instruments created from waste plastic and metal with the aim to inspire people to think creatively about waste. His instruments are mainly created from reused paint cans, soda cans, PVC pipes etc. mimicking the street drummers. The basic ideology is that everyone can be a part of the circle. It is a concept project that started a year and a half ago. They just pick literally anything from waste and find music through it and anybody can join in to play the instruments. So they are always growing in numbers as well, unlike a closed band. The word Thaalavattam is derived from the Malayalam. It translates to "The Circle of Rhythm".

Daniel Oxenhandler the convergence of light and sound, there lies vibration. Daniel is constantly pursuing these vibrations in all of the manifestations they make take - across geography, culture, time, and temperament. A strong believer in the multi-faceted expression of ideas, experience and perspectives, he seeks to mix and merge: transmediation. Interpolating meaning through the resonance of words, vibrations of hollowed wood, refractions of light through glass -- medium manifests itself as the message dictates. Constantly lost somewhere between an improvised impulse and a carefully laid plan. Found once more in the valleys and peaks of light and sound... These creative manifestations are being compiled under a project called freehand. - an attempt to meaningfully channel creative impulses, whatever form they may take. Outside of the pursuit of these vibrations and impulses, Daniel spends his time exploring learning and creativity through a variety of means, across culture and context - education, events, and social entrepreneurship, amongst others. He is fascinated by the dynamism of cities and the idea of building creative communities. All of these eclectic interests are currently entwined through his work building Construkt Festival - a celebration and converge of creators of all varieties. The journey continues…

Prakash Sontakke

The only musician from Karanataka playing the Slide Guitar and the only one to have won the Independent World Music Awards, USA and the Nashville Award for composers where his composition was chosen over the maestro Illayaraja. An A grade artiste from Akashvani and Doordarshan Prakash has toured extensively with his troupes namely ”The Prakash Sontakke Group” (Neo Classical Fusion), International Trio “Lehera” (World Fusion ), “Moonarra” (Jazz and Classical fusion ) , “New Life” on the lines of Sufi World Fusion with Ace Drummer and Percussionist Sivamani and noted Sufi Vocalist Runa Rizvi. “FOOD” (progressive Electronic Jazz crossover) where he performs with British Saxophone Maestro Iain Ballamy and the phenomenal Norwegian Drummer Thomas Stronen.More recently with the FIGURA ENSEMBLE from Denmark where he performs with a Mezzo-soprano, three musicians, a composer, a poet and an architect, FIGURA Ensemble is a musical collective with a mind of its own. Prakash Sontakke has featured in the Coke Studio Season 2 @ Mtv with the rocking directors of BollywoodEhsaanNoorani and Loy Mendonsa . A Performer, Producer, Director, Innovator Prakash Sontakke has also been a Judge for the “Idea Rocks India” Reality show. Prakash Sontakke is one of the leading names in the field of Hindustani Classical and Fusion music and happens to be one of the very few people playing the Hawaiian Guitar ,Weissenborns, Slide Guitar ,Electric Lap Steel Guitars and the Dobro in the Hindustani style.

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Banglore, India


Bangalore, India