Jonathan Nitin Brady aka 'Khurafati Nitin' or 'Ulta Pulta Nitin' may have won the hearts of Delhites with his humour, philanthropy, and characteristic 'Down to Earth' candour, but he thinks this is just the start.
He started his radio career in 1999 and is now with Hindustan Times'Fever 104FM. Khurafati Nitin is the most awarded Radio Jockey of India, having won the Prestigious RAPA award, Promaxx Award, Parranshree, Media Federation of India award for the Best Radio Jockey of India for two consecutive years, and 'The Indian Achiever's Award for the best Radio Jockey of India'.
It was Khurafati Nitin's long awaited dream to start an organization which would showcase the talent of people from all over India, and would give them a platform to fulfill their dreams. Khurafati Nitin has launched "Khurafati Nitin Pvt Ltd", which showcases talent through Stage productions, Musicals, Short Films and soon television serials and Commercial Feature Films. Such is "Khurafati Nitin's" passion for the arts that his production house 'Khurafati Nitin Pvt Ltd' has trained many an individual in dance and theatre, free of cost.His first short film 'Smile You're Dead' which adresses the problem of drug abuse, has been screened at prestigious film festivals.
"You can create your own reality." Those are the very words of TaTvA Kundalini.
TaTvA K has been enchanting the world with his music from a very early age. Tatva Kundalini is of Indian descent and works from his sunny studio based out of Delhi. His musical journey started from a very young age and Tatva realized that he was musically inclined all the way to make it his business and excel at it, so he went on to train himself in various instruments, classically inclined and that which helped him hone his skills to strumming the Guitar to taking on Keyboards at a tender age and even lending his vocals to the music he so intelligently puts forth.
He has collaborated with many national and international artists including Euphoria's Dr. Palash Sen who lend his voice in the track, Badri Re, Prabhu Ram. This track has been featured in Vayuputras, the First ever soundtrack for a book series, Shiva Trilogy.
The future is packed with dynamite Remixes/ Productions for major renowned musicians and upcoming artistes as well for his own, plus studio time is the order of the day, album releases from the house of Chill Om Records which houses sub-labels like Chill Om Ambient, Chill Om Deep and Chill Om Klassical."
"Entrepreneurs can be trained"
Amit Grover an IIT-IIM alumnus is an individual passionate about entrepreneurship. He has worked with Infosys, Asian Paints and Onida, before starting Nurture Talent Academy, India’s 1st institute for training entrepreneurs. Started in January, 2010, with the objective of training and mentoring startups, students and professionals, it has already conducted 235 workshops, across 80 cities attended by over 14000 participants. The objective is to enable 1000 ventures to start in next 3-5 years, which will generate 20000 jobs.
Nurture Talent Academy conducts a unique “Idea to Execution” workshop for students. During the workshop, students learn fundamentals of business, how to generate ideas, how to create business plans, and also angel investments and venture capital.
Amit is also a member of Mumbai Angels, India’s premier group of angel investors, where he has led over 20 early stage deals in past 4 years.
“I feel that architects need a better camaraderie within the profession and its professional bodies”
Dikshu C. Kukreja received his B.Arch Honours (Gold Medalist) from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi in 1991. He attended the prestigious Taliesin Fellowship at Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Arizona, USA. He has also received his Masters of Architecture in Urban Design at the prestigious Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, USA in 1995.
He has worked in India, France and USA and has lectured and taught at institutions both in India and abroad. He has been Guest Writer for The Times of India and Hindustan Times newspapers on Urban Issues and featured by CNBC TV on the programme ‘Young Turks'.
He is Member of Council of Architecture and American Society for Regional Planning(USA), Associate at Indian Institute of Architects, Fellow at Indian Institute of Urban Designers and Taliesin Fellowship(USA). He is founding member and Vice President Asia GSD, Harvard University, USA. He has also worked with leading architectural firms in USA and France on Public Buildings as well as Commercial Development Projects.
His firm CP Kukreja Associates is one of the largest architectural and engineering firms in India and ranked amongst top 100 in the world. The firm has had the unique distinction of being selected as Best Architects in India on three different occasions last year itself.
"Technology inspires me and I use off the shelf technology as a platform to create novel solutions. "
Co-Founder and C.M.O , Androidly Systems.
Androidly is the World's first full featured Android based Smart Watch. As the Co-founder and C.M.O of Androidly Systems , Siddhant was responsible for developing the vision and the implementation of that vision of a completely connected , fully featured smart watch .
Co-Founder and President , The Falak Foundation
Falak is a platform for ideas and action to bring about positive change . It is a platform to bring together motivated and inspired young adults from across the world to bring changes in the society through active youth involvement. Through the initiatives of Siddhant at the Foundation , the foundation was able to connect inspired individuals and help them collaborate on social relevant issues.
Siddhant was invited to speak at the Horasis Global meeting and represented the young generation of India among top Business Leaders of the world. Horasis is a Switzerland based international organisation and a Global Vision Community. Siddhant was the youngest delegate at Horasis.
Aman Nath is an Indian writer, hotelier, and architectural restorer. He is the co-founder and co-chairman of Neemrana Hotels the chain.
Aman Nath the youngest founder member of INTACH was also the curator of Art Today, the contemporary art gallery of India Today for seven years where he had earlier looked after the arts pages of the magazine. Actively involved in the restoration of India’s lesser-known architectural ruins, he is the co-founder of the Neemrana ‘non-hotel’ Hotels, which were nominated in 2004 for the Aga Khan Award, and have won awards from Unesco, the Indian travel trade industry, as well as National Awards from the Government of India. The word ‘Neemranification’ has now come to symbolise a viable and sustainable heritage tourism involving the local communities so that their rural pride resurges to win the battle to counter migration to urban slums.
Aman Nath is an inveterate traveller and has contributed to several travel magazines: after walking 400 kms to Mount Kailash in Tibet; to a hidden monastery between Rohtang and Leh; or to the sub-Antartic in an ice breaker, just after the film Titanic was released!
A celebrated artist and a star-performer, GeetaChandran is synonymous with the Indian classical dance: Bharatanatyam. She began learning Bharatanatyam from the tender age of 5 years under the tutelage of Smt. SwarnaSaraswathy, who hailed from the traditional Thanjavoordevadasiparampara.
Today she is a renowned artist who has synthesised the knowledge she received from her Gurus to imprint Bharatanatyam with her personal vision of the dance. In her dance presentations GeetaChandran skilfully weaves abstract notions of Joy, Beauty, Values, Aspirations, Myth and Spirituality.
Founder-President of Natya-Vriksha, an organization devoted to promoting Bharatanatyam, Geeta has evolved a holistic style of teaching the classical dance which engages young learners. She has presented the arangetrams (debut performance) of 30 senior disciples who continue their training under her and she continues to mentor over one hundred disciples; several of her students have blossomed as full-fledged performers.
In recognition of her vast and varied contribution to Bharatanatyam, Geeta was awarded the prestigious national award -- the Padma Shri -- by the President of India in 2007.
Shilpa Shukla, the film, television and theatre actress.
Shilpa began her career with Maharaj Krishna Raina, the renowned theatre artist. Later on she also worked with Arvind Gaur, the director of the Asmita Theatre Group. Some of her notable plays are ‘Final Solutions and Tara’ by Mahesh Dattani, ‘Antim Diwas’ by Govind Deshpande, ‘Ek Mamooli Aadmi’ by Ashok Lal, ‘Log-Baag’ by Neil Simon and ‘Rakt Kalyan’ by Girish Karnad.
Her very first film in the industry was Sabiha Sumar’s 2003 flick titled ‘Khamosh Pani’, starring Shilpa Shukla along with Kiron Kher and Aamir Malik. Same year she had also signed up for Sudhir Mishra’s film ‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi’, starring Chitrangada Singh, Kay Kay Menon, Ram Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Shiney Ahuja and Shilpa Shukla herself. Next up she received a considerable amount of recognition from the Shahrukh Khan starrer ‘Chak De India’ (2007), where she portrayed the stubborn and arrogant role of a hockey player by the name of Bindia Naik. She earned a Filmfare nomination as well as a National Film award consideration, for her role in this film.
Her recent film B.A.Pass directed by debutant director Ajay Bahl , won the best film Audience Choice Award at the South Asian Alternative Film Festival (SAAFF) in Paris, France.In 2012, the film was named the Best Film in Indian Competition at the 12th Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival.
"I wanted to walk, but the areas I wanted to explore were not safe to walk through alone… So I decided to get Gurgaon to walk with me!"
Sehba Imam is the reason behind Let's Walk Gurgaon; Let's Walk Gurgaon or LWG in short is for walking enthusiasts in Gurgaon. The walkers meet every Saturday at the crack of dawn with the sole purpose of chasing the sunrise through the green areas of Aravalli. The group which started with four walkers in June 2010 is now 3000 strong on Facebook and is never short of walkers for fun or a cause. From a mere hobby group, LWG has evolved into a close knit community that has taken up many social and charitble causes in and around Gurgaon. They walk for fun, for health, for togetherness and to cover the distances that divide urban and rural Gurgaon.
The walks through the foothills of Aravallis are full of surprises - natural watering holes and ponds, a variety of trees, wildlife sightings, close encounters with unusual insect habitats, a chance to swing like a monkey from a great banyan tree, a walk through shrubs that spread their fragrance as you crush them under your feet - And all of this is tucked away just a ten minute drive from the frenzied life of our Millinium city.
Sehba has a masters degree in Mass Communication and free lances as a script writer and lyricist. She has written scripts for many television shows and documentaries. She was the Head Writer for Galli Galli Sim Sim - the Indian version of the international children's show Sesame Street. She wrote political and social satire for The Great Indian Tamasha and Gustakhi Maaf on NDTV. She was also the writer for a season of It Happens Only In India. Currently Sehba is involved with Nazar Ya Nazariya – A television series on DD National which brings the struggles and triumphs of visually challenged exceptional achievers in various fields. The show features Naseeruddin Shah and Harsh Chaya as anchors.
Aruna Jayanthi is the Chief Executive Officer of Capgemini India.
Capgemini India is one of the biggest business units of Capgemini group. Aruna oversees the operations across all the business units – Consulting, Technology services and Outsourcing services in India with a focus to increase the integration and performance of over 40,000 growing employee base.
Prior to assuming this role in January 2011, Aruna was the Global Delivery Officer for Capgemini Outsourcing, where she improved quality, productivity and profitability of Capgemini’s outsourcing operations worldwide. Aruna has over 2 decades experience in the IT services industry and has worked in both multinationals and pure-play companies. She has worked out of Europe and North America and continues to travel extensively meeting customers, analysts and Capgemini staff, getting a pulse of customer expectations and market direction.
Within a short period of being appointed CEO, Aruna has quickly made her mark in the world of Indian business. She was ranked 3rd in Fortune India’s list of 50 Most Powerful Women in Business 2012 and 4th in 2011. Aruna has also featured prominently in Business Today’s list of Most Powerful Women for two consecutive years 2011 and 2012.
Anandghan Waghmare is an IIT Patna Alumni currently working as Software Engineer at CISCO Systems.
It started with me watching an episode of Aamir Khan's Satyamev Jayate ....the urge inside me to help others took a plunge...i came up with the idea of building a smart phone for the people who are blind.....i teamed up with my tech-mate Vidit and started the endeavor.....after a number of failures and design issues....we finally came up with an out of box design which was not made before....after a lot of soldering, drilling and 3D printing we got our first prototype.....and the best moment was when a blind person used the phone and said 'Thank you for this'.
Vivek Atray is an avid writer and an IAS officer. He contributes articles on humour, sports and matter of general interest, to a variety of publications, including 'Middles' in The Tribune and in the Times of India, as also articles in the Chandigarh editions of the Hindustan Times, the Indian Express, and in an India Today supplement. He authored a book MOVE ON BUNNY!- The uproarious escapades of Bunny Kapoor - in 2011 which sold over 8000 copies.
Vivek has also worked in the corporate sector, for KPMG and PwC and has particularly excelled in the fields of IT (including e-Governance), Public Relations/Communications, Entertainment and Tourism. He won much acclaim for his role in attracting investment by a large number of quality IT/ITES companies to the 'City Beautiful'. He also brought Chandigarh on the Tourism map and has been instrumental in adding many entertainment options to the city. He is a popular speaker at events organised by NASSCOM, CII and other national level forums. He is also a motivational speaker. He organises the annual All India JP Atray Memorial Cricket Tournament in which over 80 international players have played over the past 2 decades.
Ms. Vasu Primlani is a globally celebrated comic, environmentalist, triathlete and speaker. She is the recipient of over a dozen international awards for her environmental work, including the highest US EPA award, the highest and most prestigious state of California environmental and economic achievement award, and is a global Ashoka fellow. She specializes in systemic social and environmental change, and uses comedy for her communication; she is one of the leading standup comedians in India today.
Of the rules Vasu follows in her act, the most important is that her jokes are based on her experiences. “If you are honest about your experiences, chances are the audience will relate to you,” she says. “You need to have lived a crazy life in order to talk about it. And, there is no better way of getting your message across than garnering empathy,” she says.
When she is not making the world greener or cracking folks up, Vasu works at getting fitter. She is preparing to complete level four of the Iron Man challenge that requires athletes to swim 3 km, cycle 180 km and run 42 km in 18 hours. “I’ve always been an athlete, and started at the second level of the Iron Man challenge only three years ago. I was surprised how easily I passed the level and so decided to challenge myself to prepare for the final level.”
Praveen Sinha has played a fundamental role in establishing Jabong.com as a brand. In his current role at Jabong.com, he is a Co- Founder and a Managing Director of the company. Praveen’s role encompasses looking after the entire Operations capability along with Supply chain management.
The company is headquartered in Gurgaon, NCR. The company has launched its mobile site recently and is said to have estimated revenues to the tune of 100-150 mn USD. In less than 20 months, Jabong.com has become the third-most visited online shopping website after Myntra.com and Flipkart.com. The website is currently getting 14000 orders on daily basis out of which 60% of sales are coming from small towns.
Building a business from scratch and taking it to the peak of success is a passion with Praveen and before Jabong.com, and he has proved that as part of office mobile release team for Microsoft, for US based startup Akeebo and consumer durable startup AquaBrim. Praveen has always been fascinated with the growing e-commerce concept in varied sectors. One of the driving forces behind the formation of Jabong.com was Praveen’s sheer passion and interest in the e-retailing sector and its growth potential.
Praveen’s linkedin profile has also made it to "Power Profiles 2012: The most Viewed Professionals on LinkedIn in India".