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Theme: The Dreamers, Doers and the Fearless

Guwahati, India
February 15th, 2014

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TEDxSaraighat aspires to bring out the rational voices from our community in front of the Universe to see, witness and get inspired. We believe that ideas, initiatives and voices from different communities from across the globe will be the torchbearers of our future and we are committed to to keep the flame burning.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Partha Pratim Das
    Partha Pratim Das is a wildlife conservationist from Assam. He is associated with the Manas Maozigendri Ecotourism Society as one of the founders and Project Co-ordinator since its inception till date. The Organisation under his leadership, has been initiating and working on a number of community driven projects, relating to wildlife protection, conservation and tourism driven, community livelihood issues. His relentless work to stop the menace of poaching has lead to the implementation of some ingenious social and livelihood practices in the Manas National Park area. His organisation today stands guard and protects more than 70% area of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Biswajit De
    Biswajit De is a Graphic Designer and Computer Graphics Engineer from Kolkata. Over the last decade he has been into Advertising, contributing with his designs and animations to many commercial productions. Now, as a Naturalist and an amateur Fine Arts & Wildlife Photographer, Biswajit is exploring his innate talents in various areas. He is a National Award winner for ideas and techniques in teaching design for his work on introducing innovative ideas in teaching methods for high school students.
  • Mitra Phukan
    Mitra Phukan is a writer, translator, columnist and classical vocalist who lives and works in Guwahati, Assam. Her published literary works include four children’s books, a biography, and a novel, “The Collector’s Wife” published by Penguin-Zubaan. Her most recent works are another novel, “A Monsoon of Music” published by Penguin-Zubaan in September 2011, and a collection of fifty of her columns, “Guwahati Gaze”, which appeared in March 2013. Besides, her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. Her works have been translated into several languages. She is the North East correspondent of the Chennai-based journal of the performing arts, “Shruti”. She edits NEWFrontiers, the journal of the North East Writers’ Forum, an important literary body that draws its membership across eight States of India’s North East. She is also an active member of Aradhana, an organization that takes music to the underprivileged sections of society.
  • Indrani Baruah
    Indrani Baruah is an artist, architect and cultural researcher, who works at the intersection of visual arts, architecture and cultural studies. She splits her time between Guwahati, Delhi and Berkeley. She completed her formal training in architecture from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and later from School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon. She further went on to doing the U.C.Berkeley Programs in Art (Drawing and Painting), ASUC Art Studios, and Painting and Art History from Merritt College, Oakland, California. Her recent participation in exhibitions include Green, Berkeley Arts Center, Berkeley, California (2010), ARTifact, Gensler, San Francisco, California (2010), Venice Biennale of Architecture, 2012:13th Annual International Architectural Exhibition: Common Ground and INSERT 2014 exhibition curated by Raqs Media Collective titled New Models on Common Ground: Re-imagining the Question of Cultural Infrastructure. Indrani received the Extending Arts Practice Grant from India Foundation for the Arts in 2012 and the Public Art Grant from Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art in 2013. She has received fellowships from the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon. Her work has been published in IASTE, University of California, Berkeley, Society of Architectural Historians and Art and Deal.
  • Sanjib Dey
    Sanjib Dey is an award winning short filmmaker. His recent work, A REASONABLE COMPROMISE, is an experimental film which deals with the intense theme of breast cancer and its impact on young victims. It is an intimate cinematic portrait of a young woman from North East India who struggles psychologically post her mastectomy. His other short film THE 100 WATT BULB, which he produced, deals with complex human relationships set against a backdrop of communal disharmony. His films have been screened at various international film festivals. Sanjib has been working in Mumbai film & television industry in various capacities for the last 12 years. He has directed few television shows, documentaries, corporate videos & worked as an assistant director in few feature films. In 2010, he worked as a 2nd unit director/first assistant to Australian director Sean Lynch for the TV series EAGLE FOUR which was filmed in Afghanistan, comprising an international crew. The series won the SEOUL INTERNATIONAL DRAMA AWARD in 2011. His forthcoming film is set in 3 states of North East India. The film explores a very sensitive story intersecting this strategically important area. He was born in Golaghat, Assam.
  • Wrishiraj Kaushik
    Wrix short for Wrishiraj is self proclamied hacker, and likes to play with code. He has a great passion for free and open source software. He started the development of SuperX, a Linux-based computer operating system (distribution), while studying at high school as a complete operating system that consists of various opensource components. In 2010, he founded Libresoft, a software and services company specialized in development of open source software and providing services around Linux/OSS ecosystem. In his free time, plays cricket, badminton and computer games, reads Batman comics and watches animated movies.
  • Pranab Bora
    Pranab Bora is Resident Editor (East and Northeast) with The Telegraph, and is located in Guwahati. He has been a journalist for over 20 years now. Prior to his current assignment, he was Editor (Assamese) with The Sunday Indian. He has worked / written for a number of newspapers and travel magazines including The National Herald, The Pioneer,, The Times of India, India Today, Darpan and India Today Travel Plus. Pranab is also a singer and song writer
  • Maria Mangte
    Peace Activist
  • Vikramjit Kakati

Venue and Details

Kanaklal Barua Auditorium
Assam State Museum
Gopinath Bordoloi Road, Ambari
Guwahati, 781001

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Guwahati, India

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