'TEDxWhitefield 2017' For a better tomorrow

A series of talk sessions were held as part of the 'TEDxWhitefield 2017' at Kstart, Parks Square Mall, Whitefield,  on Sunday.  

On the lines of 'Be the change that you wish to see in the world'  while  exploring topics on technology, education and design, the event included interactive talks.

The event saw  talks  by changemakers like Bharathanatyam dancer Rukmini Vijayakumar, Veena artist Jayanthi Kumaresh, co-founder of Gracia Raina Foundation Priyanka Raina, co-founder of Big Basket Abhinay Choudhari, member of 'Whitefield Rising' Nitya Ramakrishnan, GlowArt artist Vinay Hegde, environmental photographer Arati Kumar-Rao and CEO of Gramener S Anand.

While Rukmini's talk included an on-the-spot rendition on two musical pieces,  Jayanthi Kumaresh spoke in detail about the evolution of the instrument veena, how it was made and how it can transcend ahead in the musical world.

Arati Kumar-Rao's session brought to the  highlight  how arid parts of Rajasthan  have  water  despite   lack of  rain, how ancient rainwater harvesting methods help them deal with such situations and how in Bengaluru, despite surplus rainfall,  scarcity of water happens.  

Abhinay's session tried to present  the subtle myths that  his brand had  dealt with in the past.

He said, "We tried to  bust  myths like how housewives are believed to want to feel the vegetables before shopping for them, trust on on-time delivery, return policies and more."  

Trying to find patterns in daily activities was the highlight of S Anand's talk. From number of births in an year to the names gives to  children, he tried to explain how every activity  is connected to a pattern and data.

Priyanka tried to familirise Bengalureans with the Gracia Raina Foundation which works with underprivilged mothers.

Nitya Ramakrishan's talk  clearly mapped  the entire process of how  'Whitefield Rising' came about and how it could be replicated  in any other community.  

Art session

The day's event ended with an impressive glowart session by artist Vinay Hegde, after which he spoke in detail about glow and glue art and other artforms he had explored.  

"Glowart is really challenging. Painting in the air can
be very challenging," he added.

After the TEDx session, an open panel discussion  with the audience was held, which had Nitya, member of 'Whitefield Rising' Anjali Saina, Abinay, member of 'Whitefield Ready' Sumedha and  S Anand.

They spoke about various ways  Bengalureans could try to make a change, listing out examples of functioning of cities like Singapore, Paris and Amsterdam that could be followed.

Anand said, "Maybe we are all a bunch of  good  leaders here. What we need is people who will follow the changes."  

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