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Theme: SPECTRUMS: Collaborate, Converse, Create

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February 25, 2024
Mumbai, Maharashtra

TEDxStXaviersMumbai 2023-24 is the 6th edition of TEDx on the campus of St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. This is our first offline event since the pandemic. This year, our theme, ‘Spectrums - Collaborate, Converse, Create’ aims to look at the world beyond binaries, thus bringing together speakers from varied fields and walks of life to inspire fresh perspectives towards the seemingly mundane realities of the everyday. By exploring these taken for granted experiences, we would thus like to find opportunities to imagine and create a more inclusive world, through small steps, everyday.

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Arathi Arun

International Powerlifter, Dentist, Mother
Arathi is a multifaceted personality, a dentist, a mom, and an award winning powerlifter! With 4 gold medals and a silver medal in the Asian Games, and recognition at the Asian Powerlifter awards; she is a 4 time national gold medalist, and has 5 national records to her name. She is also the first national powerlifiting referee from Tamil Nadu.

Chetan Vohra

Author, Creator of Children's Entertainment
Chetan Vohra is an accomplished author known for the “Sochu" series, which he created alongside Vilas Algude and Deven Gandhi. With a background in cinematography, directing, writing, and producing, Chetan's passion lies in crafting wholesome and mindful entertainment for children. He believes entertainment is the new education and strives to spark imaginations while instilling values like empathy, creativity and other 21st-century skills. Chetan's commitment to experiential education and psychology has shaped his approach, which is evident in the thoughtful ways he crafts his stories. His dedication has led to the Sochu series becoming a best-selling children’s book series in India, and he plans to expand the “Sochu” series into television and education. Through his company, Cordiform Studios Private Limited, Chetan continues to create more nonviolent and nutritious content aimed at enriching the minds of young and old.

Devika Mehta Kadam

Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Educator, Researcher
Devika Mehta Kadam is a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist (R-DMP). She is the Program Head for the Post Graduate Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy at St.Xavier’s College, Mumbai and faculty for Diploma courses in Dance Movement Therapy. She is the Co-Founder of ‘Synchrony’ that provides mental health services and training through creative arts with various populations. Ms.Mehta Kadam is the Founding Board Member of the IADMT. She is the Regional Director of South Asia for the International Association of Creative Arts in Education and Training. She is currently a PhD candidate at The University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. She holds a Masters in Dance Movement Therapy, Applied Psychology and Indian Folk Dance. She has represented her work in India at International Conferences across USA and Europe. She has contributed to the article on Development of DMT in Asia. Her areas of interest are embodied indigenous knowledge, decolonising bodies and neurorehabilitation.

Dr. Nozer Sheriar

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Dr. Nozer Sheriar, a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician has 34 years of experience in these fields. He is a strong advocate for reproductive rights, and his talk taps into the reproductive rights for young people, which is an oft-neglected area of work. He is also the co-author of the book Finding your Balance: Your 360 degree guide to Perimenopause and Beyond. He has been honoured with multiple awards, like the AOFOG Young Gynaecologist Award, the MOGS Dr. Ganatra Community Service Award, the MOGS Dr. Saroj Desai Award, and many more for his exceptional work in the field.

Jyoti More

Head of Language Lab, Soft Skills Expert
Presenting to you the faculty speaker for TedxStXaviersMumbai'24 - Our very own Jyoti ma’am who is the Head of the Language Lab at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Having worked at Google in online sales operations, and having been a radio jockey before, she is also a certified IELTS trainer, and has years of experience in soft skills training. She has also conducted numerous workshops on themes such as advertising, language skills, and interview skills. Through her talk, she speaks about her work and her experiences with inclusion.

Kavita Seth

Kavita Seth is an acclaimed Bollywood singer, who has had multiple hit songs like Iktara, Tumhi Ho Bandhu, and Rangi Saari to her name. She has bagged several awards like the Filmfare, IIFA, Stardust, Radio Mirchi, GR8 Woman Achiever Award in Music, and much more. She has over 30 years of experience in the industry, and we look forward to hearing from her.

M Palani Kumar

M. Palani Kumar is a photojournalist and a Staff Photographer at People's Archive of Rural India. He is interested in documenting the lives of working-class women and marginalised people. Palani has received the Amplify grant in 2021, and Samyak Drishti and Photo South Asia Grant in 2020. He received the first Dayanita Singh-PARI Documentary Photography Award in 2022. Palani was also the cinematographer of ‘Kakoos' (Toilet), a Tamil-language documentary exposing the practice of manual scavenging in Tamil Nadu.

Milan Singh

Activist for Autism, Export Consultant
Milan Singh is a businesswoman, an advocate for neurodiverse experiences, and moreover, the mother of an autistic child. Together, they run an Instagram page called ‘thebiggishboy’ to raise awareness about all aspects of autism. The page has over 40k followers, and many of their reels have millions of views.

Neeta Mukherji

Sign Language Expert
Neeta has worked with deaf children and adults for 28 years in the capacity of a Social Worker, and has conducted various developmental projects for Deaf children, their parents, or teachers of deaf students. She has conducted awareness programs for education of disabilities in communities, school students and teachers, and has worked as a Sign Language Interpreter to assist the Deaf in courts, hospitals and education settings. Participated and presented papers in National and International conferences on disability and has received a fellowship by ERASMUS+GLOBAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM from University of Eastern Finland in 2018.

Saurabh Desai

Wildlife Photographer
Saurabh has a long list of accolades and honours to his name. Having had his work published on prestigious platforms like National Geographic, WWF, BNHS Wildlife books, Asian Photography Magazine, etc., he is also the brand ambassador for Canon India and Zeiss India. He has been honoured with awards such as the National Geographic travel photographer of the year 2020, Gujarat Kala Ratna Award, the Sanctuary Asia photographer of the year award, and many more. He has had multiple exhibitions throughout the country, but perhaps most importantly, his work attempts to reintroduce us to the bond between humans and nature.

Sefi George

Illustrator + Anthropologist
Sefi George is an illustrator and artist based in Mumbai. She has an academic background in Sociology and Anthropology, and teaches Ethnography at a design school. ‘Summer Scribbles’ is her homegrown brand, where she creates illustrated products, and conducts art and creativity workshops. She has illustrated multiple books, including 'Living with Leopards' with the Maharashtra forest department, and a calendar on the National Parks of India. She is an avid Nature Journaler and is passionate about human wildlife interaction.

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