Unconventional

August 23 - August 25, 2012 in Roadtrip across India!




Anupam Mukerji

Anupam Mukerji

The Fake IPL Player

Anupam is best known as the man behind India's biggest viral sensation - The Fake IPL Player. He has gone on to start Pitch Invasion as an alternate, interactive online live cricket commentary platform. An entrepreneur for 9 years in areas ranging from sports documentaries, marketing consulting, marketing communications, online social media marketing, and sports media, Anupam is also the author of a best-selling novel, and a general prankster. 
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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.
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Dr.Vivek Sahadevan Nair

Dr.Vivek Sahadevan Nair

CEO, Clean Carbon Technologies Pte Ltd, South Africa

Dr. Vivek Nair had stumbled upon a process to convert carbon emissions into carbon nanotubes (a material stronger than steel). His discovery led him to start a company focused on automating this process and turning carbon emission into a useable resource for many applications. Vivek was named one of the today's disruptors and tomorrow's brightest stars by Forbes "30 under 30" list,for the year 2012 & MIT Technology Review outstanding innovators under 35, for the year 2012.He has also received the National award for meritorious invention from NRDC, Gov. of India. Vivek has also been named by Tehelka as "Tipping point - Architects of the Future", for the year 2012. He was also the winner of Ashoka/Staples Social Youth Entrepreneur award.  In addition, Vivek is a double doctorate from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore & Loughborough University, UK . 
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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.
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Krushnaa Patil

Krushnaa Patil

Mountain climber

In May 2009, Krushnaa Patil became the youngest Indian woman to successfully climb Mount Everest. Patil was also the first Indian woman to climb the highest peaks in Antarctica, South America and Europe, and has successfully climbed the highest peaks on six of the seven continents. Patil is currently pursuing her MA in Political Science from Pune University.
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Mukund Rajan

Mukund Rajan

Dr. Mukund Rajan serves as a Member of the Group Executive Council at Tata Sons Ltd., and is the Tata Brand Custodian and Group Spokesperson. Additionally, he serves as Chief Ethics Officer of the group and oversees Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities as Chairman of the Tata Global Sustainability Council.  Dr. Rajanjoined Tata through the Tata Administrative Service (TAS) in January 1995 and has served in various roles since.
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Virender Sangwan

Virender Sangwan

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Dr. Virender Singh Sangwan is a practicing ophthalmologist hailing from Haryana, who first trained at the Maharshi Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Rohtak, Haryana, then at the L. V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, and later at the Harvard Medical School at Boston, MA, USA. He is currently an Associate Director at the L. V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad. What is admirable about him is his spirit of innovation, his ability to realise the implications of a development in basic biology, and willingness to adapt and apply it to the clinical situation and obtain results. It is this willingness and ability to translate the results of the bench into bedside application that have made him a pioneer in clinical ophthalmic research. Dr. Virender Singh Sangwan has made innovative contributions in ophthalmic research, particularly in having perfected the method of limbal stem cell culturing to produce transparent, stitchable epithelium and transplanting on needy human patients, and substantially restoring their vision. His work represents the largest successful human trial of stem cell technology anywhere. It is an excellent example of translational research from bench to bedside. He has been able to restore vision to over 800 patients, whose eyesight was lost due to burns and damage of the ocular outer surface. The journal NATURE covered his work briefly about a few years ago. The impact of his contributions to the benefit of mankind is clear and admirable. Additionally, he has devised a method to co-culture conjunctival and limbal stem cells and use the resultant tissue to restore vision in extreme cases of ocular outer surface damage. It is for these landmark contributions that Dr. Sangwan has been awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Medical Sciences in the year 2006, and the National Technology Prize by the Department of Biotechnology in 2007. His stem cell work to restore sight to otherwise untreatable conditions has been appeared in October 2007 issue of FORTUNE, most reputed business magazine in the world. Dr Sangwan has been the Field Medical Director of the Flying Eye Hospital, called “ Orbis International”, which is a New York based “not-for-profit” organization fighting needless blindness worldwide. He has traveled extensively to lecture and present his work at conferences abroad, and, as part of Orbis International’s training program, has taught in countries ranging from Romania to Jamaica, and Peru to Myanmar. He is the Founder Secretary of Asia Cornea Society, recipient of “achievement award” by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Section Editor of the British Journal of Ophthalmology, past Associate Editor of the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, and on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Ophthalmology. He has received the Col Rangachary Award in 2005 from the All India Ophthalmology Society for best scientific work, Dr Vengal Rao Award for the best scientific paper in the annual meeting of Andhra Pradesh Ophthalmic Society meeting in 2003, and the Dr P Siva Reddy Researcher of the Year Award in 2002 in AP. He is a member of the International Steering Committee of Lux Biosciences, USA for the “LUCIDA” & “LUMINATE” drug development programs for the treatment of graft rejection and uveitis management respectively. Dr. Sangwan is the Coordinator for Collaborative Research Projects between his institute and VisionCRC, a cooperative research center initiative of the Australian government. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Rochester, New York, USA. Dr Sangwan has been involved in the eye banking movement in the country and has served as Secretary, Eye Bank Association of India, Country Director of the Ocular Surface Society, Vice-President & Founder Secretary of the Uveitis Society of India. He is married to Vandana, a dentist, and they have two children- the daughter Twinkle and the son Sahil.
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