Ramendra Kumar is an award-winning writer for children and young adults. He also dabbles in satire, poetry, fiction and travelogues. 21 books written by him have so far been brought out by well known Indian publishers.
Ramen's work has been published and reviewed in major newspapers and magazines and translated into several Indian languages as well as Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, Mongolian and Sinhala. One of his stories has been included in the text book for class nine students of Norway and another fable has been adapted as Kamishibai, the traditional form of storytelling in Japan. Tales penned by him have also found a place in the school text books in India as well as abroad. His stories, poems and satires have been included in several national and international anthologies including the popular 'Chicken Soup for the Soul Series'.
Ramen is a much sought after speaker on 'Here and Now' and ‘Heritage Writing’ as well as an inspirational speaker and storyteller. He is also the editor of www.bolokids.com, a New York based website and has a page devoted to him on Wikipedia.
Ramen had the rare honour of presenting a paper at the 31st IBBY World Congress-2008 held in Copenhagen, Denmark in September, 2008. He also participated in a ‘Story Telling Festival’ and mentored a Creative Writing Workshop for children. In October 2009, the writer had the pleasure and privilege of conducting a story telling session for the children of Doon Holm Catholic School in Nairobi, Kenya.
An Engineer and an MBA, Ramen is working as Asst. General Manager, Public Relations, Rourkela Steel Plant.
Susant Pattnaik, an young Indian Inventor/ Social Entrepreneur/ Tech Entrepreneur who has invented a device by which a completely blind, deaf and dumb disabled person can do all types of work as a normal human being can do and that via breathing. He is currently studying in 12th standard. He is now the Co- Founder and Director of Scientific Innovation Foundation (SIF).
Being a highly motivated inventor his areas of interest include scientific innovations, research and entrepreneurship as well. Also one of his inventions Susant's Breathing Sensor Apparatus has been appreciated by former President of India H.E. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam via NIF at IIM Ahmadabad in 2009 for the best innovation among 1000 other inventors.
He has also been appreciated by many dignitaries including President of India H.H. Smt Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Hon'ble Pritiviraj Chavan (CM of Maharashtra), Smt Sheila Dixit (C.M. of New Delhi), Dr Sam Pitroda, Mr James Cameron and many others. He is the first Youngest Inventor selected and published at a young age of 17 years by MIT Technology Review in TR-35 category, Boston, USA, 2010 for the invention Susant’s Breathing Sensor Apparatus, INK- Fellow 2010 as Inventor, Intel IRIS- 2010 Awardee and Intel IRIS Best Popular Invention- 2010 Awardee, Pramerica Spirit Of Community Awardee- 2011, National Innovation Foundation Awardee and received award as the first prize by Dr, APJ Abdul Kalam- 2009, Also NIF-2008 Awardee for other invention Accident Proof Technology, KVPY Fellow- 2010 through SP- Basic Sciences, NCSC- Awardee- 2009, 35th Jawaharlal Nehru National Science(NCERT) Awardee- 2008, CBSE National Science Awardee- 2008 and few more.
He is invited as speaker at many National and International Conferences like The INK Conference (in association with TED), MIT Technology Review Conference, TEDx NIT Kurukshetra, TEDx Bhubaneswar, TEDx IIT Kanpur etc.
He recently joined hands with Armaan Foundation as Manager for Research and Development to initiate more inventions to empower people with different-abilities and also joined hands with Techpedia to initiate more prototype inventions from young inventors of India and convert them to reality and linking them as well to various industries. Recently his research on next invention has been started, Super Sense Technology. It is something that by using that device only via slight head or hand movement that person can control and operate any computers and laptops without touching them. It can be benefit for both normal as well as disabled people.
C P Gurnanl
Gurnani (CP to his colleagues) is the CEO of Mahindra Satyam. Prior to moving to Mahindra Satyam, CP headed Tech Mahindra’s Global Operations, Sales and Marketing functions, and led the development of Tech Mahindra’s Competency & Solution units. CP’s inimitable style of leadership combined with his sharp focus on customer experience has helped Tech Mahindra to emerge as one of the leading providers of IT Services and Telecom Solutions to the global telecom ecosystem.
CP has extensive experience in building international business, start-ups, turnarounds, joint ventures and mergers & acquisitions. In a career spanning over 28 years, he has held several leading positions with HCL Hewlett Packard Limited, Perot Systems (India) Limited and HCL Corporation Ltd. Prior to joining Tech Mahindra, CP was the Chief Operating Officer and a co-founder of Perot Systems (India) Limited, initially set up as HCL Perot Systems. At HCL Perot Systems, CP orchestrated the HCL Corporation and Perot Systems joint venture from its inception to making it one of India’s top IT services companies.
CP received a chemical engineering degree from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela. He serves on the boards of CanvasM, Tech Mahindra (Thailand) Limited, Tech Mahindra (Beijing) IT Services Limited, Mahindra Logisoft and Tennenbaum Institute in Georgia Institute of Technology among others.
CP takes keen interest in community work and was nominated by Ernst & Young for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007.
Shashank is an Experience Designer and a Social Innovator. He applies design thinking as an instrument to understand problems in developing economies and offer holistic solutions. His research and design has materialized into special interfaces, which allow people to access digital services irrespective of low literacy or special needs. Some of these interfaces have been specifically designed to deliver essential banking services to the low-income segment. Currently he work as a Senior Interaction Designer at Yahoo! Inc post an internship with Microsoft Research India and Samsung Global Design Studio. He holds a Master’s in Design from the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay and Bachelor's in Architecture from DCRUST, Murthal. Luckily boundaries between his professional and personal interests have vanished, basically he loves what he does. He also paints abstracts, gets high with a camera in hand and studies the mystic nature of sufism.
A dedicated and promising young exponent of Sattriya Dance, Anwesa Mahanta has received accolades from the art connoisseurs and scholars for the grace and liveliness of her dance and the expressiveness of her abhinaya.
Belonging to the Vaisnava monastery of Assam, Sattra, Anwesa started her formal lessons in Sattriya from her early childhood under the guidance of the eminent maestro and a Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee Bayanacharya Ghanakanta Bora. She had also studied Bharatanatyam from a young age under the guidance of distinguished dancer Indira PP Bora. Anwesa has been learning, researching and interpreting Sattriya dance, music and theatre for almost 20 years.
She has been an active performer since 2001, presenting Sattriya in its solo form. Anwesa has also worked on many choreographic presentations of her own. Anwesa has performed extensively across India, appearing at many prestigious dance festivals. She is an ‘A’ grade artist in Sattriya dance of Doordarshan and an empanelled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. programme in Performing Arts and Oral Tradition from the University of Delhi under the guidance of eminent folklorist, Prof. P.C Pattanaik.
Anwesa has been pursuing dance, not merely as a pastime but as a chosen path of her growing and devotional journey. During this journey over the years she has been trying with utmost sincerity to enlarge the performance canvas and expand her repertoire constantly drawing resource material from the vast literary corpus of the Vaisnava Renaissance of Assam. She has been working and presenting lecture demonstrations in several places and institutions with an aim to reach out to more and more children and other art lovers in general. The Pragjyoti Nritya Sampradaya, a festival of young classical dancers, first of its kind in Assam, is one of her attempts through KALPA (A Society for Promotion of Arts, Literature, Culture and Social Harmony)which allow the young exponents to speak and share their thoughts and ideas through dance and communicate to the youths the relevance of Indian dance in the contemporary world.
She has thus carved a space in the Sattriya Dance world with her understandings, research, interpretations and outstanding performances drawing applause and appreciation from both the media and the cognoscenti and established an unfailing record of excellence in her performance career.
“I perceive the world and its cosmos through dance and …and share with you the positive energy of Bhakti philosophy radiating from the glorious 500 years old tradition”- as the dancer says.
Aneesh is a multi award professional photographer, writer and consultant based in Mumbai. He shoots almost all genres of photography including people and travel. His clients include fashion, lifestyle and travel publications from all over the world, including names like Lonely Planet India, Vanity Fair Italy and Marie Claire Brazil.
Aneesh has won several international awards and honorable mentions(including the PIEA award, IPA and PX3s). He has been invited to Photokina 2006, 2008 and 2010 to showcase his work and share his digital photography techniques.
His work takes him all over the world, right from glaciers in Argentina to remote villages in China to Oktoberfest in Germany. He is currently working with on a one of a kind project to replicate Ajanta caves life size near Aurangabad.