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Theme: Because Grey Matters

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March 18, 2017
Delhi, Delhi

Referring to the region between the absolutes of black and white, our theme ‘Because Grey Matters’ represents the complexity of human lives, minds and situations. Grey represents a multitude of hues within itself, each succinctly unique in its identity yet inherently similar to its accompanying shades. Similarly, all of us are our own shade and hue but are, nonetheless, deeply connected to each other by the thread of humanity.

However, our inhibitions and inflexibility to accept those in the 'grey region' leads numerous people to be ostracised and harassed. Most oppressed people, with issues that many don't lend an ear to, often find themselves battling a lone war and are oft left in the grey. A glimpse into the ongoing humanitarian conflicts prevailing the planet currently only attest to this harsh truth.

Grey Matter also alludes to the importance of broad minded thinking in a world dominated by dogmatic and propagandist views. Pushing the boundaries of innovation, creativity, art, music and innumerable other fields, 'Because Grey Matters' encourages everyone to express themselves articulately and realise that humanity fundamentally lies in this overlap of colours and regions and not just in polarizing extremes.

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Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Auditorium, Delhi Technological University
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Auditorium, Delhi Technological University, Shahbad Daulatpur, Rohini
Delhi, Delhi, 110042
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The Rural India Project

Initiative to highlight rural plight
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Aranyani Bhargav

Dance scholar and choreographer
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Monica Dogra

Singer, Actress and Model
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Nandini Sundar

Social Anthropologist
Dr. Nandini Sundar is a social anthropologist of South Asia, who has contributed to the understanding of environmental struggles, of the impact of central and state policies on tribal politics, and of the moral ambiguities associated with subaltern political movements in contemporary India. These contributions are anchored in her deep grasp of the legacies of colonial rule for cultural politics in contemporary India, and in theoretically innovative understanding of the relationship of major historical events to persistent structural tensions in Indian society. Professor Sundar has placed her detailed studies of tribal politics in Central India in the broader frame of studies of the law, bureaucracy and morality in modern India. She is currently a Professor in and the Chairperson of the Department of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics. She has held visiting positions at Punjab, Yale, Michigan, Cambridge and Chandigarh universities.

Onkar Khullar

Author and Entrepreneur
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Rishabh Seen

Metal Sitarist
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Sanjay Aggarwal

MD of Fortum India
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Sukant Khurana

Neuroscientist and Data Scientist
Dr. Sukant Khurana is a neuroscientist and data scientist who enjoys studying complexity and nuances, whether of brain functioning, drug discovery, development of new statistical tools, or analysing large data sets. He works on drug discovery for various neurological disorders, including alcohol addiction, using plant extracts, peptides, and epigenetic agents. He is both experimentally, theoretically and computationally exploring mechanisms of Parkinson's disease, activity dependent brain development, sub-millisecond timing computation in the brain, and mechanisms of neuronal plasticity. His data-science work is on two streams: developing novel statistical tools and utilizing data science for biomedical research. Through data science, he works on causes of sustainable development, where he is exploring issues of mental health, addiction, and AIDS epidemic.

Tanmoy Chakrabarty

VP of Government Industry Solutions Unit, TCS
Tanmoy Chakrabarty - Vice President & Global Head - Government Industry Solutions Unit (ISU) at Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS), based in New Delhi, India. He has over 33 years of experience related with Business Development, Sales and Delivery of Integrated IT Solutions and Services to the Government sector and has led many enterprise wide, mission mode and holistic transformational projects in the area of e-Governance in India and other parts of the World. Tanmoy currently manages 165 Clients in the Government Sector for TCS and has a team of over 7500 Associates in TCS in 12 Countries. Recent projects include MCA 21, Income Tax, Central Excise & Customs, Passport and e-Migrate and several transformational projects in State Governments and tax automations programs in East Africa.

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Delhi, India


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