INK2013: All That Matters

October 25 - October 27, 2013 in Kochi, Kerala



View the Co-hosts and Fellows for INK2013 here and here.

Aisha Chaudhary

Aisha Chaudhary

Inspirational Artist

Seventeen year-old Aisha Chaudhary was born with an immune deficiency disorder and overcame a predicted life expectancy of only one year to have become an accomplished artist today. Despite a serious lung disease called Pulmonary Fibrosis, her persistent optimism, extraordinary maturity in the face of impossible odds, and calm perspective on life’s challenges have been an inspiration to many.
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Amar Hanspal

Amar Hanspal

Digital Portfolio Designer

As a leader, Amar Hanspal builds teams that empower everyone to imagine, design and create a better world. 
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Arun Kumar

Arun Kumar

Poet and executive

Arun Kumar was nominated, on October 4, 2013, by President Obama to the position of Assistant Secretary of Global Markets and Director General of the US and Foreign Commercial Service. 
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Asima Ensemble

Asima Ensemble

Vocal and Percussion Ensemble

Asima is a boundary-breaking vocal and percussion ensemble from Trivandrum, Kerala. The word “asima” in sanskrit means "beyond boundaries", and the ensemble combines elements from India's rhythmic and melodic systems with harmonic traditions of western music. 
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Christopher Kirchhoff

Christopher Kirchhoff

Crisis Investigator

Christopher Kirchhoff works as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Kirchoff authored the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation Report and co-wrote the U.S. government historical non-fiction, "Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience," coined “the Iraq Pentagon Papers” by the New York Times.
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Darren Abrahams

Darren Abrahams

Tenor, Naciketa

Darren Abrahams is a singer and performer who has appeared in opera all around the world, working for such companies as the ROH, ENO, Scottish Opera, WNO, Wexford Festival Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, American Opera Projects and the Young Vic. Darren regularly premieres new works and has helped develop new operas for The Royal Opera, Scottish Opera, Complicite, The Opera Group, Opera Circus, the Batignano Festival and the Brian Irvine Ensemble in places as diverse as Belfast, Italy and India. Concert appearances have taken him around the UK, US and Europe and includes performances with the LPO, the Royal Seville Symphony, and the St Petersburg Symphony. Darren is also a busy recitalist, creating concerts that defy genre and style.
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David Gallo

David Gallo

Deep Ocean Explorer

David Gallo is an American oceanographer and Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - a preeminent, globally recognized scientific laboratory. For more than 25 years, David has been at the forefront of oceanic exploration, participating in and witnessing the development of new technologies and scientific discoveries that shape our view of planet earth. He has been described by TED as “an enthusiastic ambassador between the sea and those of us on dry land.” With more than 8 million views on his TED talk, “Underwater Astonishments” is among the top 3 most-viewed TED Talks to date.
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Dr. Jakob van Zyl

Dr. Jakob van Zyl

Jet Propulsion Expert

Dr. Jakob van Zyl is the Associate Director at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory responsible for Project Formulation and Strategy. He has more than 20 years of research experience in various aspects of satellite remote sensing. 
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Mahesh Kale

Mahesh Kale

Hindustani Classical Musician

Mahesh  Kale, based in San Francisco Bay area, is an accomplished vocalist of the new generation in the North Indian Classical style. Honed in the Gurukul system of learning from the legendary Padmashree Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki, he has an illustrious pedigree, and his thrilling performances bear this out.
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Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman

Illustrator Extraordinaire

Maira Kalman is an author/illustrator who travels the world and depicts her experiences. She creates articles for The New York Times, The New Yorker and numerous other publications. She is the author of over twenty books for adults and children.
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Mark Magidson

Mark Magidson

Visionary Filmmaker

An entrepreneur, inventor and industrial designer with a diverse technical background, Mark is a filmmaker who has undertaken artistic projects that are epic in scale, entail great technical complexity and innovation, and transcend an ordinary view of the world. Producer, co-writer, co-editor of award winning films Chronos (1985), Baraka (1992), and Samsara (2012), he has taken crews to over 50 countries in search of profound and one of a kind imagery.
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Nigel Osborne

Nigel Osborne

Composer, Naciketa

Nigel Osborne has studied composition with Kenneth Leighton, Egon Wellesz, and Witold Rudzinski. 
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Prakriti Dutta

Prakriti Dutta

Dhrupad Singer, Naciketa

Prakriti Dutta is an internationally acclaimed dhrupad singer .She is a performer, actor and composer. After securing first position in M.A from Rabindra Bharati university, India, she had received a MSc degree in Music in the community from University of Edinburg and honed her skill as an music therapist and community musician .She was under the tutelage of  Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar in his dhrupad gurukul in Mumbai.  Recently she has founded a performing art company ‘Sound Space’ for sound, movement and arts in her hometown Kolkata. It is an organically designed amphitheatre which promotes creative minds and art in South of Kolkata. Presently her work is divided between two cities Kolkata and London. She is actively associates with a London based music theatre company ‘Opera Circus’ in their production Naciketa based on Upanishad.
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Rajeswari Kannan

Rajeswari Kannan

Scientist With A View

Rajeswari Kannan heads Media Technologies Lab at Nokia Research Center, Bangalore, which focuses on computational imaging research by exploiting novel camera optics, sensors and signal processing techniques to capture and visualize information in new ways. She firmly believes that research cannot exist in silos, there needs to be a constant flow to core businesses. She pushes hard for building a strong ecosystem for the future of imaging by spending quality time collaborating with vendors, technology as well as design schools.
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Rekha Parameswaran

Rekha Parameswaran

Healing Historian

Rekha Parameswaran is a healer, educator and writer. She is currently the chair of the Hemostasis Study group of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, the largest multidisciplinary organization of its kind. Rekha has special expertise in taking care of people with genetic bleeding and clotting disorders by working closely with the highly skilled surgeons at Memorial Sloan Kettering to ensure that people can safely undergo extensive cancer operations.
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Roger Fisk

Roger Fisk

Presidential PR Guru

Roger Fisk has had a key "behind the scenes role" in President Obama’s organization since then-Senator Obama announced his run for president in February 2007. He has seen from the beginning the development of cutting-edge organizing strategies, the application of agile on-line organizing tools, and a truly innovative, thoroughly modern mobilization of social media.  With 6 months of service on the President’s successful 2012 re-election, Roger has worked with all of those tools as they were perfected in the second campaign.  
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Sabriye Tenberken

Sabriye Tenberken

Co-founder of Kanthari, Social change agent

Coming from the margins of society, Sabriye Tenberken developed an intrinsic interest to create ethical social change. She studied Tibetology/Central Asian Sciences at Bonn University. Travelling on horseback through the Himalayas she discovered that Tibetans who in majority are Buddhists have a stigma against people with disabilities. Especially blindness is seen as a punishment for something you have done in your previous life. Accordingly blind children are often neglected, locked away in dark rooms or sent to the streets to beg for money. Experiencing this situation inspired Sabriye to start the first school for the blind in Tibet. This school formed the foundation of Braille Without Borders, an organization that empowers blind people to take their lives in their own hands. In 2005 she co- founded Kanthari in Kerala. Kanthari fosters participants from all over the world, who, like Sabriye, have a passion to make the world a better place and strength to be forces of good rather than victims of circumstance. Sabriye is the driving force behind the academic program.
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Scott Cook

Scott Cook

Financial Software Maven

Scott Cook's was born and raised in an LA suburb after his parents emigrated from Wisconsin. Scott was 'nerdy' as a kid and even programmed his school district's one computer. Scott attended USC and later went to Harvard Business School.
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Shwetal Patel

Shwetal Patel

Officer, Kochi Muziris Biennale

Born in India, Shwetal A. Patel spent his childhood in Lusaka, Zambia, migrating to the U.K when he was nine years old. During his time in the U.K, Patel studied Economics at the University of London, graduating in 2001 whilst working in the fields of music, fashion, film & art in the burgeoning artistic scene of East London. Patel chose Florence, Italy as a base to live and work for 4 years and in 2010 was invited to Mumbai to develop a project to create India's first contemporary art biennial; an artist led initiative spearheaded by the Kochi Biennale Foundation.
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Sri. Tatwamasi Dixit

Sri. Tatwamasi Dixit

Vedic Business Consultant

Sri Tatwamasi Dixit, a successful Family Business Advisor by profession, specialises in working with business owning families. He founded FABRIC (Family Business Research International Centre), a boutique consulting firm, offering family business advisory services and coaching to Family Business Entrepreneurs.
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Sunil Thankamushy

Sunil Thankamushy

Creative Director Virtual Worlds

Sunil Thankamushy is a US-based, sixteen-year veteran of the video game industry who was part of the core teams that developed highly acclaimed, successful video game franchises, such as as Call of Duty™, Finest Hour™, and Medal of Honor™.
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Tina Sharma

Tina Sharma

Wellness Consultant

There are zillions of benefits in being human. Our life is complex, our problems are complex, the world around us is complex. So Simplify. It is beautiful to be Simple. Simplification leads us to being human.
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Tod Machover

Tod Machover

Musical Innovator

Tod Machover is head of MIT Media Lab's Opera of the Future group. An influential composer, he has been praised for creating music that breaks traditional artistic and cultural boundaries; his music has been performed and commissioned by some of the world's most important performers and ensembles. In 1995, he received a "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres," one of France's highest cultural honors, and in 1998 he was awarded the first DigiGlobe Prize from the German government. He has composed five operas and is the inventor of Hyperinstruments, a technology that uses smart computers to augment virtuosity. Hyperinstruments have been used by performers such as Yo-Yo Ma, Prince, and Peter Gabriel. Machover is also the creator of the Toy Symphony, an international music performance and education project. His research group is currently examining ways to use music in therapy for emotionally and physically challenged individuals.
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Usha Uthup

Usha Uthup

The Voice

For over 44 years now, Usha Uthup has spread a message of love and unity, peace and harmony, tolerance and integrity, and happiness – through music. From discotheques to concerts, across India and the World, she has addressed the youth about the values of music that makes us human.  She lives as she believes, presenting even the most contemporary songs dressed in traditional attire projecting the fact that India is a true melting pot of cultures, with its own distinctive cultural identity.
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Varun Agarwal

Varun Agarwal

Media/Merchandise Maverick

Varun Agarwal is a 25 years old filmmaker, entrepreneur and a bestselling author. He is the co-founder of Alma Mater, India's biggest college apparel/memorabilia company, author of bestseller 'How I braved Anu Aunty & Co-founded A Million Dollar Company', and also the co-founder of Reticular, a social media marketing firm. The pursuit of his interests brought about collaborations with A.R. Rahman, Preity Zinta, and many others. 
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William Pennell Rock

William Pennell Rock

Social Anthropologist

William Pennell Rock developed ORIGINS, a methodology for presenting insight into self-development and realization in workshops and performing arts. He began his professional career as a child actor appearing on television and theater. 
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 Speakers exclusively at INK Live 2013 (More Info)

Eames Demetrios

Eames Demetrios

Creator, Kymaerica and Kcymaerxthaere

Eames Demetrios is best known in the design world for his work as director of the Eames Office spearheading the successful re-discovery of the Charles and Ray Eames design heritage by new generations. The mission of the Eames Office is communicating, preserving and extending the work of Charles and Ray Eames. His current large-scale project, Kymaerxthaere, is a multi-pronged and ongoing work of multi-dimensional storytelling and has been underway for several years. The project can be found in stories set in bronze markers--like a novel where every page is in a different city. Kcymaerxthaere’s manifestations include writings, video, performances, images, installation, and limited edition prints. You can discover some of the stories in India in the small village of Sakad in the tribal area of the Madyha Pradesh. Demetrios looks forward to bringing more Kcymaerxthereal stories to India. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and two sons.
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Joichi Ito

Joichi Ito

director, MIT Media Lab

Joichi Ito is the Director of the MIT Media Lab. He is the Chair of Creative Commons, on the Board of The New York Times Company, on the Board of the MacArthur Foundation, on the Board of Trustees of The Knight Foundation, and co-founder and board member of Digital Garage an Internet company in Japan. He is on board of a number of non-profit organizations including The Mozilla Foundation and WITNESS. He is a member of the IT Strategic Headquarters of the Japanese Cabinet. He has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan and was an early stage investor in Twitter, Six Apart, Wikia, Flickr, Last.fm, Kongregate, Fotonauts/Fotopedia, Kickstarter, Path, Pinwheel and other Internet companies.
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Kamran Elahian

Kamran Elahian

Philanthropist, VC

As an entrepreneur, Kamran Elahian co-founded ten companies, three failed (e.g. Momenta), six produced a total market cap of over $8B and one is going IPO. As a VC, he co-founded Global Catalyst Partners with investments in the U.S., Japan, China, India and Israel.  Underlying Kamran’s global vision is the conviction that modern IT is instrumental in dissolving barriers between nations.
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Lavanya Sankaran

Lavanya Sankaran

Author

Lavanya Sankaran is the author of the celebrated short story collection The Red Carpet, which spent two years on the best-seller lists and collected praise world-wide. Her debut novel The Hope Factory, just released, has been selected by Amazon UK as a Top Pick. Compared to Charles Dickens by the British press, Lavanya's writing has own several awards, including Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers, and Poets and Writers' Best First Fiction Award. 
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Ramesh Raskar

Ramesh Raskar

Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab

Ramesh Raskar is an Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab. Ramesh Raskar joined the Media Lab from Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in 2008 as head of the Lab’s Camera Culture research group. His research interests span the fields of computational photography, inverse problems in imaging and human-computer interaction. Recent projects and inventions include transient imaging to look around a corner, a next generation CAT-Scan machine, imperceptible markers for motion capture (Prakash), long distance barcodes (Bokode), touch+hover 3D interaction displays (BiDi screen), low-cost eye care devices (Netra,Catra), new theoretical models to augment light fields (ALF) to represent wave phenomena and algebraic rank constraints for 3D displays(HR3D).
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Vasundhara Das

Vasundhara Das

Singer, actress

Vasundhara Das is a singer, songwriter, composer and actress. She has starred in several films in various languages, and has worked extensively as a playback singer in Bollywood, as well as in South Indian regional language films. Vasundhara is also a qualified drum circle facilitator, having trained with Arthur Hull. She spearheads Drumjam’s community and children’s programmes.
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