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Posted on: Saturday, 08 May 2010 by Rajiv Popat

At TEDxCalcutta, we have been working hard on getting the videos edited and getting them live as quickly as possible. Today we have gone ahead and released the absolutely interesting and inspiring talk by Ashoke Viswanathan.

This talk is online and can be viewed from the TEDxCalcutta website.

I really like this talk primarily because it touches the intricacies of creative fields and nudges young minds to move away from safety. Something I have been a very old proponent of.

Join Ashoke Viswanathan as he takes you through anecdotes or stories, then connects the dots gently nudging you to take chances, try innovative ways of doing things and look beyond your profession into other areas of life.

Why is television truly the idiot box? Why aren't more people in the movie making industry taking chances to build something genuinely innovative and inspiring? Why are you in trouble if you happen to be a part of a creative field? 

This and much more in a very interesting eighteen minute TEDxCalcutta talk by Ashok Viswanathan.

Now go watch the video online.

Stay tuned for more videos, news and announcements on TEDxCalcutta.

posted on Saturday, 08 May 2010 20:30:00 UTC by Rajiv Popat  #    Comments [0] Trackback
Posted on: Saturday, 10 April 2010 by Rajiv Popat

We have been working on getting one TEDxCalcutta 2010 video out every two weeks. This week we started with the very first talk of the event which was given by Gurbux Singh.

The talk is online and can be viewed from the videos section of the TEDxCalcutta website.

Join Gurbux Singh in this discourse as he takes you through the journey of his life and his experiences of winning the Olympics gold medal and then later an Olympics Bronze medal. 

The paths you take in life are often a combination of so many different things. When questions are asked hands have to be raised and decisions have to be taken. Impediments and problems exist but do not last long if you play your game and play it really well. Nothing replaces consistency and focus. Knowing every individual in your team and what moves them is hugely important. Forgive and Forget is true sportsmanship.

Gurbux Singh uses a friendly, casual and spontaneous discourse to give you his gems of wisdom acquired after years of sportsmanship which he ends by showing his Olympics gold medal and receives a standing ovation for it.

You can see the video here and leave your comments or ratings of the video on the Uploaded YouTube Version.

posted on Saturday, 10 April 2010 16:30:00 UTC by Rajiv Popat  #    Comments [0] Trackback
Posted on: Sunday, 28 March 2010 by Rajiv Popat

One of my earlier posts was our first announcement for TEDxCalcutta. I absolutely enjoyed and loved being a part of the event. Besides the speakers, who were of-course amazing and absolutely fascinating one of the things that I also loved about TEDxCalcutta was the participants who attended the event. We had folks from all corners of the world and all walks of life doing amazing things which were not just innovative but hugely inspirational.

During the event I was able to connect to a few participants and get a conversation going about some of the genuinely inspirational and innovative work that they were involved with.

As we work on editing, publishing some of the speaker videos and deciding a schedule which will be used to upload the talks on the website, one of the additional things that we want to start as a parallel thread is listening to you.

If you are working on something that is ground breaking, genuinely innovative and at the same time is truly inspirational, if you have an idea that you believe is worth sharing and if you would like to share the idea with a community of really smart individuals, we would like to know more about the idea.

We would typically prefer this to be in the format of an un-edited video where we have a casual discussion with you about your idea or your work, preferably in your work place but if you are working out of places where we cannot get someone to interview you, we can also do it as recorded podcast, a recorded webcast or web meeting.

The email to send in your ideas or more details about the work that you are involved with is ideas@tedxcalcutta.com. We will start looking at some of the emails that we receive and start prioritizing the order in which we cover these. We expect the first recorded cover to happen around mid April.

Its always a pleasure to come across smart people who inspire you and connect to them. This, is just one of our attempts at getting the discussion going around the year instead of just turning TEDxCalcutta into a once a year event.

Go ahead, send in your ideas.

We are waiting to hear from you.

posted on Sunday, 28 March 2010 21:00:00 UTC by Rajiv Popat  #    Comments [3] Trackback