Trailblazers 2013: INK Fellows Meet

July 26 - July 28, 2013 in Hampi




Anand Gandhi

Anand Gandhi

Filmmaker, Screenwriter

Anand is a filmmaker, playwright and artist, deeply interested in philosophy, evolutionary psychology and sci-fi. His first feature film, Ship of Theseus, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was touted as the ‘hidden gem of the year’. It has since gone on to win accolades worldwide – the only contemporary Indian film to be short-listed by the Critic’s Circle (UK) as one of 15 life-changing films of all time. Besides making films, Anand illustrates, writes songs, plays chess and dabbles in magic.
Read More »

Charles Ma

Charles Ma

Bharatnatyam dancer

Charles Ma was initiated into the sacred world of Bharatanatyam under Guru Smt.Vidya Shimladka. His dance stands out for its distinct individuality, personality and control. Charles is also a contemporary choreographer and teacher. He believes that dance is sacred and the essence of his dance is a deepened spirituality and respect for its tradition and aesthetics.
Read More »

Dr. Ullas Karanth

Dr. Ullas Karanth

Leading Tiger Conservationist

Dr. Karnath, recipient of the 2012 prestigious Padma Shri award  founded the Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS) in 1984.  Dr. Karanth has conducted pioneering research on the ecology of tigers, sympatric predators and other large mammals in India. Dr. Karanth has published over 75 papers that have been published by journals in Oxford, Cambridge and Columbia. Dr. Karanth has won several prestigious awards such as the Sierra Club's International EarthCare award (2006); World Wildlife Fund's J. Paul Getty Award as well as the Sanctuary Lifetime Achievement Award (2007).
Read More »

Dr. Vinod Kumar Nowal

Dr. Vinod Kumar Nowal

Deputy Managing Director of JSW Steel

View Profile »

Joi Barua

Joi Barua

Musician

Joi Barua is a musician from Assam, India who fell in love with music at the age of four, after his father gifted him a violin. Growing up, his town had one piano and no music teachers, and his father had to cross the border and get him a keyboard from Bhutan. Since then, Joi has been making waves in the advertising, music, and film circuit in Mumbai with his musical stylings and melodious voice. He is also the lead vocalist of the band Joi and has a mixed musical style incorporating elements of rock, soul, jazz, folk and world music.
Read More »

Krithi K. Karanth

Krithi K. Karanth

CONSERVATION BIOLOGIST

Dr. Krithi K. Karanth (Associate Conservation Scientist at Wildlife Conservation Society) is a Fellow at the Centre for Wildlife Studies, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke University. 
Read More »

Lakshmi Pratury

Lakshmi Pratury

Founder, Host , Curator

Lakshmi Pratury brought TED to India in 2009, when the first TEDIndia conference was held in Mysore. In December 2010, she curated and hosted the first INK Conference, in association with TED, which carried forward the momentum created by TEDIndia. Lakshmi Pratury brings with her a varied and rich experience that spans for-profit enterprises, venture capital and nonprofit organizations. Featured in the list of ‘100 Most Powerful Women’ by Forbes Asia in 2010, Lakshmi has traversed an incredible distance professionally.
Read More »

Lalitesh Katragadda

Lalitesh Katragadda

Former Country Head, India Products at Google

Lalitesh is the former country head of India products at Google and where he led Emerging Markets engineering with the mission to bring the next three billion users online. His most recent creation, Google Map Maker, doubled the worlds digital maps corpus, mapping 1.5 billion people in 187 countries. The UN and aid agencies have used these user generated maps to assist and rescue millions. Lalitesh has spoken at TED and the White House on crowdsourcing for development.
Read More »

Priya Ganapathy

Priya Ganapathy

Writer, RJ & Media Professional

With a career spanning 17 years in diverse media – print, television, film, Internet, radio and theatre, Priya Ganapathy dons many hats as a writer, anchor and versatile voice-artiste. She is a widely published writer, who has contributed to books, articles and columns in leading newspapers and magazines. Popular as the quirky radio icons ‘Lingo Leela’ (Emvie Award-winning Radio campaign) and ‘Sister Stella’, Priya was a radio jockey hosting music shows like The Late Show, The Retro Show on RadioCity and Playback on Radio Indigo. Priya has also acted in National Award-winning English Film Stumble and scripted the docu-film Rockumentary, which won two international Golden Aster awards, besides four films for Andaman Tourism. She was adjudged one of Bangalore’s Top 32 Woman Achievers.
Read More »

Raghava KK

Raghava KK

Artist

Raghava KK is a renowned Indian artist and a tech entrepreneur, named by CNN as one of 10 most remarkable people in 2010. 
Read More »

Rajan Anandan

Rajan Anandan

Managing Director, Google India

Rajan Anandan began his career with Mckinsey & Co., after which he held top leadership positions in companies such as Dell and Microsoft. Under his leadership Dell has profited from increased revenues of $250million to $800million in just three years. Anandan earned his Bachelors degree from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Master’s degree in Engineering from Stanford University. 
Read More »

Rushi Vakil

Rushi Vakil

Music Composer, Tabla Player, Keyboardist

Growing up in a world of music and tabla, for Rushi, son of Pandit Divyang Vakil, music runs in his blood. Formally training in tabla for over 20 years and teaching himself keyboard for over 10 years, he has great understanding of Indian and Western music styles. Rushi has been a music director and composer for commercial CDs and documentaries as well as his own world fusion band Taan.
Read More »

Sai Gaddam

Sai Gaddam

Neuroscientist and Author

Sai Gaddam is a computational neuroscientist, a data geek, and the co-author of A Billion Wicked Thoughts, an internationally acclaimed book about desire. He believes understanding how our brains tick is the way to truly discovering and liberating ourselves. Sai is currently working on a book about anger. His parents are still holding out hope he will come to his senses and put his IIT pedigree to better use.
Read More »

Sangita Jindal

Sangita Jindal

Chairperson of JSW Foundation

View Profile »

Shilo Shiv Suleman

Shilo Shiv Suleman

Artist

Shilo Shiv Suleman is an Indian illustrator, animator and visual artist based in the city of Bangalore. Her primary area of interest is visual storytelling through multiple mediums. She illustrated her first book for children at the age of 16 and has illustrated eight others since with some of the most well known publishing houses in India. She has also been actively involved in setting up community art projects and collectives that get people to appreciate and create street art in their surroundings as well as use art and design to bring socially relevant issues in India to the forefront.
Read More »

Suman Sridhar

Suman Sridhar

Counter-culture vocalist

Suman Sridhar is a singer, actor and songwriter. She forms one half of the contemporary music duo, Sridhar/Thayil. Rolling Stone India magazine calls them “two of the most uninhibited people that ever came together to play with music.” Suman has performed at the Great Escape Festival (UK), Galle Literary Festival (Sri Lanka), Southbank Centre (UK), National Centre for Performing Arts (Mumbai), Prithvi Theatre festival (Mumbai) and more.
Read More »

Susant Pattnaik

Susant Pattnaik

Inventor

A highly motivated young innovator, Susant Pattnaik from Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, is helping differently-abled individuals with his range of innovations. The ‘Breathing Sensor Apparatus’ assists physically challenged people to operate an electronic wheel chair that uses changes in the breathing. Through this technology, they can even type messages in a specially designed cell phone for better communication. The National Innovation Foundation and Techpedia have filed for a patent for his invention.
Read More »

Ugesh Sarcar

Ugesh Sarcar

Magician

Ugesh Sarcar is India's first and only contemporary and revered street magician. Ugesh was trained in the art of magic under the stewardship of his father – the "Living Legend" Prof. M. C. Sarcar. Thereafter, "Ugesh Sarcar's 3rd Degree," his first national TV appearance, became an instant hit and the highest rated show for the channel in over 3 years. There has been no looking back ever since, and his performances have won him accolades the world over.
Read More »

Varun Agarwal

Varun Agarwal

Media/Merchandise Maverick

By the age of 25, Varun Agarwal was already a filmmaker, entrepreneur and the bestselling author of 'How I braved Anu Aunty & Co-founded A Million Dollar Company'. He is the co-founder of Alma Mater, India's biggest college apparel/memorabilia 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.
Read More »

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.
Read More »

Vicky Roy

Vicky Roy

Photographer

Vicky Roy ran away from home as child and became a ragpicker to earn pocket money. He found refuge at a NGO for street children where he met a photographer that changed his life. Despite his turbulent past, Vicky pursed his passion for photography in which he was selected to photo document the reconstruction of the World Trade Center in NYC. Today, Vicky focuses on helping the disadvantaged by giving them a voice through his photography. 
Read More »