A postgraduate in Mathematics from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Khurshed Batliwala chose an unconventional and challenging path of becoming a faculty member of Art of Living. He is the director of WAYE (World Alliance for Youth Empowerment), an NGO working to provide sustainable solutions to contemporary issues faced by young people of our times. He conducts compelling workshops on a broad spectrum of subjects, from youth empowerment to Mathemagic (a workshop which shows how maths is fun) and from a financial literary workshop to an introductory workshop on western classical music.
Dr. Vidyadhar Oke
Being a medical doctor by qualification, and having worked as the Medical Director/President for companies such as Burroughs Wellcome, Glaxo, Wockhardt and Nicholas Piramal, Dr. Oke has contributed profusely to the pharmaceutical field. Interestingly, he is also a renowned figure in Indian classical music and has done exemplary research on microtones (shrutis). He has invented and patented world’s first set of 22 shruti musical instruments and is honored with several awards for his substantial contribution. Besides these, he is an expert in Indian, European and Chinese astrology and has authored 2 books on the Chinese astrological systems.
Harun Robert, better known as Rob, is currently one of India’s biggest and most popular kids’ icons. Rob anchored a show that ran for 9 years on national television and won 12 national and international awards including the ‘Indian Television Academy Awards’ for ‘Best Children’s Program’ in 2008, 2009 and 2011. He is an award-winning designer, animation film-maker, TV presenter, director and magician. He has been associated with brands such as Pogo, Landmark, 3M, Ford, Sakaal Times, Britannia, DNA, Hewlett-Packard and many more. Rob continues to redefine arts & crafts as not only a highly entertaining catalyst for children’s development but also an innovative tool for brand experiences.
Neeti Kailas is a designer and social entrepreneur. She has been into the redesigning the bedpan for India’s crowded public hospitals. The bedpan project sparked a passion to use design to transform health care. Kailas launched the Sohum Innovation Lab, and the lab’s first product is a device to screen babies for hearing impairment. She has been awarded the 2014 Rolex Award for Enterprise (the only Indian amongst the five awardees).
Beginning his career by assisting film directors like Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Nikhil Advani and Bharat Bala, Rajat Nagpal has emerged as a big name in the entertainment and film industry. He has directed and produced several award winning television commercials, music videos, corporate films, experimental shorts, documentary films and digital arts over the last six years. He has been honored with several awards including the Satyajit Ray award. He is also well known for his appearance in the popular cooking show MasterChef
Sumir Tagra and Jiten Thukral
Sumir Tagra and Jiten Thukral work collaboratively in a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, video, graphic and product design, websites, music and fashion. Thukral & Tagra's background in design, graphics and advertising influences their art. This artist duo has been blurring the line between fine art and popular culture for almost a decade now. The ability to adapt to different audiences and the will to display the subjects through a distinctly Indian lens, results in a harmonious and beautiful clash of sorts that fuses the current influx of the Western mainstream with India’s deep rooted cultural heritage.