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Theme: Dream-Believe-Achieve.

This event occurred on
August 17, 2013
10:00am - 5:30pm IST
(UTC +5.5hrs)
Chengalpattu, TN

TEDxChMCollege, a University-type TEDx Event will happen on 17th of August, 2013 at Depuy Institute, Mahindra World CIty, Chengalpattu. TEDxChMCollege was conceptualised as a TEDx event which would bring familiarity of the seamless TED world to the Indian medical fraternity. However, with “Dream-Believe-Achieve” as the theme which underlies TEDxChMCollege, it wishes to inspire young minds from diverse backgrounds. The audience @ TEDxChMCollege will consist largely of a hand-picked student audience from across the best institutions, with priority given to the health sciences field. The event is invite only with guidelines issued even to those who wish to participate. We try to ensure that everyone at the event shares and appreciates the TED concept.

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DePuy Synthes Institute
P-44, 8th Avenue, Domestic Tariff Area
Mahindra World City
Chengalpattu, TN, 603002
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Dr. S. Suresh

A pioneer in the field of diagnostic ultrasound and a stalwart, who established foetal medicine as a speciality in India with extensive knowledge and skills in all aspects of this speciality is Dr. S. Suresh, MD, MediScan Systems and also a proud alumnus of Chengalpattu Medical College. Stemming from a strong sense of social responsibility, he provides a huge volume of free service to those who cannot afford care. He has always been in the forefront of private public partnership interacting with the government of Tamil Nadu in organising and implementing screening programs both antenatal and neonatal screening besides training programs for doctors. Also, he established Foetal Care Research Foundation, an NGO, to provide preventive, supportive and curative care for birth defects. Following this, he set up the Birth Defect registry of India with the single minded focus of reducing perinatal mortality and morbidity. He has created a state of the art imaging software and is involved in a web portal to ensure standards in ultrasound reporting and education. Apart from these, he enjoys being an active Rotarian, an avid photographer and an amateur radio operator.

Ms. Nikarika Prem

“Yoga is not a religion; it is a way of life.” Hailing from a background that embraces sports in all its vigour, is Nikarika, a child prodigy who has taken the art of yoga to an entirely new level. She took the Indian spirit to the world stage at the World Super Cup Yoga Championship held at Uruguay in 2011 and grabbed her first taste of international fame with a gold medal in Artistic Pair yoga besides being victorious in athletic, artistic, rhythmic yoga and yoga dance. Gold and silver medals refused to let go off her and adorned her yet again at the two Asian yoga championships at Thailand (2011) and Hyderabad (2012). With a heart ignited to conflagrate the rich cultural heritage of India, our TEDx speaker is inclined towards being a versatile phenomenon with gymnastics, ballet and swimming adding feathers to her already plumed hat.

Mr. Murthy Megavan

Murthy’s story is rare and inspirational. After losing his fishing boat to the tsunami of 2004, and thereby, his ways and means of supporting himself and his family, Murthy turned to surfing after being introduced to it by Israel national Yotam Agam. Since then, Murthy has been responsible for teaching kids in Covelong village how to surf and generally introducing a surf culture to the area. He has also used surfing as tool to keep young kids away from the clutches of alcohol and drug abuse. Apart from surfing, Murthy has also been involved in efforts promoting sanitary conditions on beaches that are otherwise highly polluted. For the man who took to surfing the waves on a piece of driftwood a decade ago, the starting of his own modest little surfing school is something that makes him grin and stammer proudly, “I even have a page on Facebook, where you can send in a request for a class.” Called the Social Surf School, his dream to formally start a school at his village and make a profession out of it has taken flight thanks to help from surfers around the world. Murthy: a surfer of great dexterity, an inspiration for his community & a cultural icon.

Dr. B. Hari Shankar

Dr B. Hari Shankar, a 2011 pass out of Chengalpattu Medical College is a unique medical practitioner creating waves in neighbouring suburbs of Nanganallur, known to be the Pensioner’s Paradise and also Dr. Hari Shankar’s home town. Just like any other MBBS graduate, Dr. Hari Shankar started out with his PG preparations after his house-surgeoncy. But during his preparation, the acute shortage of emergency geriatric services in his home town made him take up geriatric practice and homevisits to reach out to the immobile and elderly population in his community. Dr. Hari Shankar says, “My only aim was to identify the elderly patients as sick and normal. I would refer the unhealthy ones to hospitals, while I treat the others at home itself, thereby saving the old man’s pocket money.” He has visited more than 325 bedridden patients so far, and has paid 1400 documented house visits, the highest by any doctor in the state. He adds, gleefully, “All that I have done is re-introduced the concept of Home- hospitalisation, which was in vogue a few decades ago.” Dr. Hari Shankar is currently an honorary panel member of Senior Citizens Bureau of Chennai.

Dr. Rakhal Gaitonde

Dr. Rakhal Gaitonde completed his MBBS from Government Kilpauk Medical College and MD Community Medicine from Christian Medical College, Vellore. He has since worked in Maharashtra as part of a project to evolve a people controlled health system and is presently working with Society for Community Health Awareness Research and Action (SOCHARA) broadly in the field of Community Participation, Accountability and Governance. He was also part of the process of reviewing Medical Textbooks from a gender perspective as part of the Gender and Medical Education program of the Achutha Menon Center, Trivandrum. He also works on issues of Environment and Occupational Health supporting a number of pollution impacted communities through research and advocacy. At present he is part of the the project on Community Action for Health looking at actualization of Communitization under the NRHM spread over 14 blocks and 6 districts of Tamilnadu. He is a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of RUWSEC hospital, which is run by a dalit womens organization. He is an active member of JSA and mfc. He is on the Tamilnadu State NGO committee and on the Community Advisory Board of the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, and on the National ASHA mentoring Group.

Mr. Santosh Sivan

Santosh Sivan is the first Cinematographer in Asia Pacific to be honored with American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) membership, which is by invitation only and is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a professional Cinematographer. He is a Ftii Pune alumni, who has been the recipient of the National award 13 times and also of 21 international awards for his various films. He was also honored by the Japanese Society of Cinematographers and has been on the Jury for the Busan Film Festival. He has been awarded the National award for Cinematography for the films Perumthachan (1991), Kaalapani (1996), Iruvar (1997), Dil Se (1998), Mohiniyattam (1991), and Asoka (2002). Recently, his film, Urumi in 2011 - Urumi – won the Best Film and Best Director at the Imagineindia International Film Festival Madrid, Spain.

Ms.Lekha Washington

This story starts with a 17-year-old, self-taught sculptor and innovator that used materials like fabric-infused resin in her creations, far before her generation did. Armed with a dual degree of lifestyle product design and film direction, Lekha graduated with honors from the prestigious national Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Keenly interested in being on the other side of the camera, Lekha’s acting career took off soon after, with lead roles in several regional languages. Lekha’s passions were two-fold and continued to evolve as she created several pieces of art and design parallel to her busy acting schedule. Lekha Washington founded “Ajji- The Odd Product Company” in 2013 created to constantly support innovation and original design.Her maiden collection has an unusual line of furniture that combined art, design and technology to create products that looked like nothing anyone had seen before. She earned her first patent for the Sink collection in 2012.She is currently working on unusual lighting and lighting forms for her second collection “Bent Light”. Lekha has just completed setting up her new studio in Mumbai: a hundred and fifty year old bungalow in Bandra completely renovated to accommodate high-end art and design. The sculptor, actor, product designer and storyteller in one, is constantly ideating, innovating and bringing to life pieces that are absolutely unique. Also, Lekha Washington has a lead role opposite Prasanna in Kalyana Samayal Saadham – a big banner Tamil romcom releasing this month.

Mr. Krishna Kumar

Krishnakumar Balasubramanian is currently the artistic Director of The Little Theatre, Chennai. He is a certified Cinema director and Line Producer from Hollywood Film Institute and also has a degree in Media and communications and Exercise Science from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a proud member of the Global Shapers community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and was a panellist at the World Economic Forum on India 2012 with Sarah Brown and Ulhas Yargop, President, IT Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra, India. He was voted as one of the 37 Indians of tomorrow by ‘India Today’ in its 37th Anniversary issue for his work in theatre in December 2012. He has vast experience in theatre, having scripted, directed, acted and designed in more than 15 theatre festivals and short-films. He also performed as the protagonist in the Tamil feature film “Kaadhalagi (2010)”. He is trained in salsa and mixed martial arts apart from being a national level swimmer. He is now pursuing a degree in Psychology at the Madras University.

Ms. Padmini Chettur

Padmini Chettur was born in 1970. She began her training in the traditional Indian dance form of Bharata Natyam. In 1990, she joined the company of Chandralekha, to date the most important Indian artist to contemporize dance in India. During the ten years spent working with Chandralekha, Chettur began her own study and research of the body's geometry and its relationship with space. The politic of developing a contemporary dance idiom from within Indian physical forms, rather than by a study of western ones continues in her work. She has performed with her company at Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Springdance (Utrecht), Kunsten festival des Arts (Brussels), Bozar (Brussels), Seoul Performing Arts Festival, National School of Drama Festival (New Delhi). Some of her recent performances include "Beautiful Thing 2", "Wall-dancing" and "Dialogue 9".

Living Smile Vidya

Living Smile Vidya aka Smiley, is a full time theatre activist, Essay writer, Poet and a Sketch artiste. Living Smile Vidya awarded Charles Wallace India Trust scholarship, 2013 by British Council for her excellence in Theatre. Smiley is the first Transwoman who worked in a mainstream, private bank as a transgender in 2006. Smiley is the first full time theatre actor from the transgender community. She is involved with theatre since, 2004. She has so far performed 20 performances with 9 eminent Theatre Directors including Clown performances. Physical, clown, Commedia Del’ Arte/ Mask form of theatre is her passion and expertise in acting. She is the author of “I am Vidya” which is India’s first transgender autobiography. “I am Vidya” is originally written in Tamil and translated into English, Malayalam, Kannada and Marathi. The Kannada translation “Naanu avanu alla avalu” (I am not HIM, I’m HER) got the best Kannada translation award for the year 2012. Smiley also had good experience in Tamil cinema industry. She Worked in the capacity of Assistant Director to Mr.Mysskin in his Tamil film “Nandhalala” and worked in the capacity of Associate Director to Mr.Gopinath in his Malayalam film “Viratham”. She also acted in few Short films like “Kandal pookkal”, “500 & 5” and acted in Documentary films like “Aghrinaigal”, “Butterfly”.

Dr. Bruno Mascarenhas

J Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas is a post-graduate neurosurgeon from India with interests and vast experience in Neuro Surgery, Neurosciences, Trauma Care, Public Health, Health Economics, Heath HR and Health Management Information Systems. He is currently employed as the technical Associate at Cadaver Organ Transplant Programme - Government of Tamil Nadu. He was involved in the conceptualisation of web-based interface for monitoring and evaluation of Civil Work; Hospital Management System for all secondary care and Primary Health Centres in Tamil Nadu. He is also the author of several Medical Books, an avid blogger and a software and Web Designer.

Mr. Suren Vikash U

An alumnus of Rishi Valley and Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology and KM Music conservatory (A.R. Rahman’s school of music), he was inspired very early in his career to make a difference, thus he founded the Creative Social Enterprise -Thunk in India. Suren, truly believes, that design is a tool that can be used to address a lot of problems around us, one problem being, of waste (material waste and energy waste). Suren works co-creatively, through the entrepreneurial process, towards empowering the livelihoods of various underprivileged communities by providing them various self-sustainable platforms. Under the larger domain: Innovations for a green and ethical existence, Thunk in India focuses on, Up-cycling (converting non-biodegradable waste into well designed and durable lifestyle products) and innovative applications of renewable energy, one of them being – solar powered bags, designed to facilitate fuelless gadget charging on the move. At Thunk, Suren designs and facilitates the entire creative design process.

Organizing team


Chennai , Tamilnadu, India
  • Rohini Rau
    Speaker Research and Programme Manager
  • Ganesh Keshav Thirunavukkarasu
    Venue Manager
  • Ashna Rajan
    Sponsorship and Finance Manager
  • Dinkar Sreekumar
    Creative Head
  • Amith Rangarajan
    Marketing and Audience
  • Narendran Dhanasekaran
    Website and Technical Support
  • Vineeth Kumar Ravichandran
    Speaker Research
  • Dr. Arun Murugan
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