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Theme: Gordian Knot; Resolving the unsolved

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January 25, 2022
Ahmedabad, Gujarat

The term “Gordian knot,” commonly used to describe a complex or unsolvable problem, can be traced back to a legendary chapter in the life of Alexander the Great.

As the story goes, in 333 B.C. the Macedonian conquerors marched his army into the Phrygian capital of Gordium in modern-day Turkey. Upon arriving in the city, he encountered an ancient wagon, its yoke tied with what one Roman historian later described as “several knots all so tightly entangled that it was impossible to see how they were fastened.”

Phrygian tradition held that the wagon had once belonged to Gordius, the father of the celebrated King Midas. An oracle had declared that any man who could unravel its elaborate knots was destined to become ruler of all of Asia.

According to the ancient chronicler Arrian, the impetuous Alexander was instantly “seized with an ardent desire” to untie the Gordian knot. After wrestling with it for a time and finding no success, he stepped back from the mass of gnarled ropes and proclaimed, “It makes no difference how they are loosed.” He then drew his sword and sliced the knot in half with a single stroke.

In another version of the legend, he simply pulled out a lynchpin running through the yoke, loosening the knot enough that he was able to unfasten it. Whatever method he used, the young king was immediately hailed as having outsmarted the ancient puzzle. That same night, Gordium was rocked by a thunder and lightning storm, which Alexander and his men took as a sign that he had pleased the gods. True to the prophecy, he went on to conquer Egypt and large swaths of Asia before his death at age 32.
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Why “Gordian Knot”?
The understanding of the topic above clears the very motive of the theme. The space we live in is destroyed by our own selves and now we are looking for solutions across the nation to make the earth a better place to reside in, from holding the heritage intact to reduce pollution, from saving water bodies to fight a pandemic, from publicising regarding the green movement to the need of “exploration” in the name of education.

All these problems visible to are our eyes and are also affecting our daily lives. These need out of the box solutions for our earth to flourish.
However, entangling the Gordian knot present in the society and free the “humanity”, the “society” and our home, “our earth” is the motto and message that we believe need to reach the entire nation.

What is expected out of “Gordian Knot”?
As specified above we expect our speakers to bring out revolutionary and unique ideas and weave their talk around it with the best of the examples (facts) as well as stating their views eloquently to not only reach the audience but to impact their thought procedure for real which can bring change in ourselves as well as the entire community, where we can all stand as one.

Let us talk, discuss and resolve the unsolved.

Ahmedabad Management Association AMA Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 380009
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Ankit Sakhiya

A Gujarati Filmmaker
Ankit Sakhiya is from the town of Meta Khambaliya located in Rajkot district. Ankit completed his schooling from Surat and pursued B.Tech from Charusat University, Vallabh Vidyanagar. Ankit started exploring the field of cinema and film-making during his college days and jumped into this genre after completing graduation. He and his team of passionate directors have made short films like ‘Arth’, ‘Bahadur’ and ‘Dostaar’. They have won the IFP award for their short films ‘Rame’ and ‘Escape’.

Devang Bhatt

Renowned Journalist and celebrity host
Mr. Devang Bhatt is the host of India's one of the most popular shows, 'Atithi’. He has seen and experienced the media and its role closer than anybody else for the past 26 years. In this monumental journey, he has learned several consequential elements by interviewing hundreds of celebrities, politicians, businesspersons, athletes, among others. With each interview session on screen, by understanding the journeys of these remarkable people, Mr. Devang discovered the nitty-gritty of how successful people have shaped the world as a society. These takeaways have been handy to train the young blood, inspire children, students, and people in society at large. He believes that although he is just a drop of an ocean, each drop has enough power to quench the thirst of empowering others and making the world a better place to live.

Garima Mehta

UI/UX Designer & Digital Accessibility Advocate
She is UX Designer and Digital Accessibility Advocate; has experience working for MNCs like Microsoft, Infosys, EY, as well as a freelance consultant to make products usable for differently-abled folks. Garima runs many campaigns to teach a variety of professionals how they can contribute to accessibility and has been involved in ideating new digital products for persons with disabilities. She truly believes in the power of the internet for all, and the contribution everyone must make in empowering lives for specially-abled people. “Having met visually impaired to totally blind people, using LinkedIn and Excel sheets with precision; has changed the way I perceive the particular section of society.”

Jayantibhai Patel

Social activist & Philanthropist
Jayantibhai Patel is a native of Nugur village and is currently settled in Mehsana. Inspired by Shri Pandurang Shastri Dada’s Philosophy, Jayantibhai commenced his humanitarian work. He started a residential school by the name Mamta Mandir for blind, deaf, and mute children, he also worked for the welfare of tribal people and provided free food and healthcare services to them. Jayantibhai started orphanages, old age homes and has also worked for animal welfare and environmental protection. He has taken the responsibility of providing education to homeless street children, by providing them with books, food, shelter, and other material support. To solve the problem of malnutrition among the poor, he started an initiative called ‘Akshay Rath’ with his wife Arunaben, wherein they collect extra food from various functions and marriages to avoid wastage and distribute it among the poor, his initiative got support from many benefactors and philanthropy clubs.

Kash Trivedi

DJ and Music Composer
Kash Trivedi, India's one of the most popular DJ has been playing in prominent clubs and Asia's largest Music Festival like Sunburn, Enchanted Valley Carnival. Kash has topped the list of the No.1 Music Producer in India by MyFavDJ in 2013. His music has a unique taste with soulful emotions which entraps the listeners and his performance has a firm crowd control. Almost all of his songs get in the top 10 lists of Beatport Top 100 Songs & DJ Tracks, and he is also the first-ever Indian to have released with legendary international music artists like Paul Oakenfold and Dj Sash. Kash has made 200 official releases and has played at more than 500 concerts with a jam-packed audience. The man is known for pumping life in the air through his thumping beats.

Manish Kothari

Technocrat and Managing Director of Rhino Machines Private Limited
Mr. Manish Kothari completed his graduation in mechanical engineering from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in the year 1991. Manish Ji transformed himself from an entrepreneur to a community builder and is working at a multidimensional level. Driven by innovative ideas and business models Manish Ji excelled, integrated and connected value chains in society and industry through various institutions like Foundry and the HiEERA program of UNCTAD-Empretec. His firm Rhino Machines Pvt Ltd is currently working on The Silica Plastic Block (SPB) Project, a composite material innovation that combines pollutants like Plastic and Industry Dust to form a mouldable material that can be shaped into various forms. His work has got recognition from many eminent organizations like UNIDO and UNCTAD.

Rajesh Kava

Renowned Voice Actor
He is a popular voice actor and has been in this field for 22 years. He has done voiceover for various popular roles which include ‘Jon Snow of Game of Thrones,' ‘Harry Potter of Harry Potter series,’ ‘Seong Gi-Hun of Squid Games.’ He has also been a part of various South Indian films, ads, and radio voiceovers. He is the winner of the prestigious Vishwakarma Ratna Awards 2021. Along with this, he has been the winner of India Voice fest 2021, Best Dubbing Voice Live Action Male- Hindi, for his astounding work as Seong Gi-Hun in Squid Games. To add on he has also been the winner of the Best Animation Award in 2020 and three awards which include Dubbing Animation Hindi, Audio Drama, and Award of Appreciation at India Voice fest 2019. He has been also constantly working to spread awareness of a career as a Voice Artist and to promote it popularly he has been running an academy by the name 'Violet Wings Voice Academy' for the past three years.

RJ Nishit Chaun

Programming Director at Radioone FM 95 and PR Specialist
Only a few people can follow the dream path for the job, Nishit is one of those who follows his passion all the time and so he is working as an executive producer at the early age of 25 in his very first attempt and got the youngest executive producer tag by the world book of records London. Since 2015, he has been working in the Radio industry. Earlier he worked as Radio/OB Jockey and then as Executive producer/Programming head, in 94.3 MYFM, Rajkot. He recently joined Hindustan Times's Radio division Fever FM as Programming Director for Ahmedabad station and PR for Pan India. He has also been managing celebrities and promoting celebrities' work since 2014 in various Tier 1,2 & 3 cities of Gujarat State. Nishit has been actively managing Professional and personal life parallels at such a young age and he is in connection with 300+ TV/Bollywood artists. He believes that no language can make barriers if thought, planned, implemented, and Presented well.

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Ahmedabad, India


Ahmedabad, India