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This event occurred on
July 6, 2014
10:00am - 2:30pm IST
(UTC +5.5hrs)
Bhilwara, RJ

TEDxBhilwara shares the same passion as TED. This unique initiative is undertaken to spread your ideas all across the globe. Our objective is to reach out and inspire people with “Ideas Worth Sharing” which has the potential to help people make a strong difference in their lives. We also aim to allow people to come together, make connections and share knowledge. We have initiated this because we believe, everybody has got his/her story to tell and the beautiful part is, each one is different from the other.
Another objective of bringing this platform in city Bhilwara is to open the minds of Bhilwara people to broader perspectives of world and their surroundings. We do not want to change their perception completely but let them constantly learn about new ideas and perspectives.

This would help in city's growth as well and give a different identity to city Bhilwara because the initiative is a unique one with a purpose of spreading knowledge from local community. Through this TEDx event, we aim to help young people step towards building a local community to work collaboratively with active members of society in order to become expert learners and foster enriching conversations of changing tomorrow.

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Hotel La Abode
16, Rajendra Marg
Near Union Bank
Bhilwara, RJ, 311001
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Shankar Singh

Shanker Singh, aged 55, is one of the founder members of the MKSS along with Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey. Acknowledged to be one of India’s leading figures in people’s theatre, he has combined over two decades of activism with the power of people’s communication through street theatre, puppetry, song, and drama to strengthen the voice of the poor. Through his uncanny, incisive wit and his keen political insight, he instinctively communicates complex issues in an idiom familiar to the people. “These days, Amir Khan is a big fan of Mr. Shankar Singh”, said Mr. Bunker Roy. He had recently been featured on Amir Khan’s show, Satyamev Jayate – Season 2 for his admirable work.

Kalyan Joshi

Phad Art is beauty and legacy of Rajasthan. Kalyan Joshi started working on Phad Art when he was of 8 years with his father, Shree Lal Joshi, world-renowned Phad artist and Padma Shree and Shilpguru award winner. Phad art is more than 700 years old. There was a time when the secrets of Phad painting were confined only to the Joshi family. Then with motive of revitalizing this art internationally, Chitrashala was founded in 1960. Kalyan Joshi has taken forward Chitrashala by experimenting on Phad Painting with new stories and Contemporary style (Collage) and line drawing . He created picture montages with expert of narrative poetry and he has done experiments with character animation. His exhibitions and workshops have been conducted around the world. Kalyan Joshi is founder of "ANKAN" Kala Sansthan, which served thousands of children with phad paintings. During 15 years of span of ANKAN, he even organized 30 exhibitions in Bhilwara.  He has been honored with Rashtrapati Puraskar by Pranab Mukherjee, President, India.

Neelima Khetan

Neelima Khetan is the ex Chief Executive of Seva Mandir, a voluntary organization based in Udaipur, Rajasthan.  She joined Seva Mandir in 1985, a year after completing her Post Graduate degree from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand, one of India’s premier management schools.  In her early years at Seva Mandir, she became the role model and magnet for highly qualified people to join Seva Mandir and work in remote villages.  She also pioneered a style of working that enabled professionals, villagers and locally recruited staff to combine their skills and expertise.  Since becoming Chief Executive in 1999, she has established Seva Mandir as one of the country’s leading voluntary organizations. Today, Seva Mandir’s work encompasses the areas of governance, livelihoods, enterprise promotion and human capabilities (health, education and women’s empowerment), and extends to nearly 600 tribal villages. She was awarded the Laxmipat Singhania-IIM Lucknow National Leadership Award for young leaders by India’s Prime Minister in December 2006. Since 2013 she has been serving as the General Manager – CSR, Coca Cola India & South West Asia

Lakshmi Gunashekar

Lakshmi is a free-spirited walk-out from the formal education system. She has been a painter, a writer, a facilitator (anti-corruption, sexuality, self-exploration), a cook, a dancer, the 3AM friend, a listener, newsletter editor, a project coordinator,process/workshop designer, a campaigner and a lot more in the past 2 years not certified by a university but by her experience of doing it. After schooling she chose the road not taken to a Self Designed Learning path instead of going to college, and has not looked back since. She has been travelling across India to various cities to find mentors in the fields that she has been interested in, to build her skills. She believes in people and the unique gifts each and every one of them have to make this world a more beautiful place to live in. She is a Khoji at Swaraj University in Udaipur. It is Asia's first university which believes on hands-on-learning and so doesn't give out degrees but a rich experience to be prepared for life. She wishes to create a social enterprise with young dreamers who have faced sexual abuse and destitution, who will walk with each other to bring about the change that they like to see in the world

Birad Rajaram Yajnik

He is an entrepreneur, author, curator, photographer and speaker. With multiple titles to his name, his books have been published in nine international languages and his name is synonymous with fine print production. In 2010 a special edition of his book ‘MKG – Imaging Peace Truth and Ahimsa’ was released at the United Nations by the President to mark the International day of Non-Violence.He has had the privilege of speaking at the Nehru Centre in London, the Tolstoy farm in Johannesburg, The United Nations and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In Jan 2013 he was a speaker at the Jaipur Literature Festival on the roots of Yoga and he spoke at Cairo as a part of the celebrations of the Jan 25 - 2011 Egyptian revolution. In May 2013, he was invited to South Africa for a lecture series on Mahatma Gandhi at the Durban University of Technology in Durban and Soweto at Johannesburg. His initiative in collaborative art produced the Ahimsa Harley. Birad Yajnik also heads the digital interactive company –that specialises in cross functional engagement platforms across multiple stakeholders for Fortune 50 and 500 companies around the world.

Shree Gopal Acharya

Shri Gopal Ji Acharya is an MA in Sociology. He is basically a theatre artist. He has organized theatre workshops across the country as the Instructor. He has participated in Ankan’s All Art Exhibition from 1994 to 2009. He has directed, written and performed many plays with Co-Artist, Manju. He has also worked in films and TV. Presently he does story poems, writing, acting, direction, sculpture art, painting and graphics. He is also a visiting faculty at National School of Drama. He is a kind of person who does what gives him pure satisfaction to the heart. He has the artistic knack to observe and analyse the human behaviour.

Meenu Beswal

Meenu Beswal completed her graduation in Philosophy from LSR. Then she went on to do her Masters in International Relations with a Majors in Human Rights from Thammasat University, Thailand. She has worked with UN body, UNIFEM. She has also been associated with Amnesty International in Thailand for 8 years. The global issue of Human Rights has always been very close to her heart. She extensively lobbies as the Human Rights Educator to get Human Rights incorporated in the school curriculums from the very young age. Along the way, she discovered Yoga as her passion. She has attended the 200 hours training to be the Yoga teacher in Thailand. Her way of striving for a balanced lifestyle is by combining physical, mental and spiritual well being. She is also practicing Vipasana at the moment after completing 2 courses of it. She is an active member of Bhilwara United Round Table and Ladies Circle. She contributes and give her best in spreading awareness about Human Rights in local community through activation programs in schools and NGO’s. Her expertise lies in Veganism, which is one part of healthy lifestyle.

KG Kadam

He is Bhilwara's best caricature artist. He believes in the philosophy of always bringing a new dimension to art. He makes his students explore unknown to give heights to their imagination. He is a performer at TEDxBhilwara.

Harish Panwar

Mr. Panwar is a local classical singer. He sings with complete passion and enthusiasm, which holds the audience's eyes, hearts and body. He is a performer at TEDxBhilwara with KG Kadam. Mr. Panwar sang a classical song and KG Kadam painted the feelings of song live on a canvas.

Organizing team


Pune - Maharashtra, India
  • Sudhanshu Kumar Chandra
  • Rishabh Trivedi
    Speakers Coordinator
  • Rachit Tank
    Graphic Designer
  • Vajresh Balaji
    Social Media Manager
  • Daksh Baheti
  • Pratyush Tyagi
  • Saurabh Bhatt
  • Mansi Kabra
  • Yashika Agarwal
  • Mohish Agarwal
  • Rochit Kabra
  • Shruti Jain
    Registrations Incharge
  • Karan Dev Sharma
  • Alex Lambroszki
  • Pradeep Sharma
  • Ashima Sahni
  • Anjana Telang
  • Deepika Malla
  • Kartik Jain
  • Garvit Birani
  • Arpit Sharma
  • Bhavishya Yadav
    Talks Transcriber