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- IIM-R to host 3rd edition of TEDx on Feb. 2

Eighteen speakers, 18 fields and 18 minutes, that’s the third edition of TEDx to be hosted by IIM-Ranchi on February 2.

The B-school will bring together 18 luminaries from diverse backgrounds like policy-making, business, social work, music and acting to share their thoughts and experiences on the topic, Beyond Conformity, at SAIL auditorium.

What’s different this time is that the achievers will be allowed to speak for only 18 minutes. “The speakers have been invited to share their stories on the theme, Beyond Conformity. The theme of the last two editions of the event were Catalysing Change and Do-Dare-Dream,” said chief organiser and second-year student P.V. Praneeth.

TED, an abbreviation for technology, entertainment and design, is a non-profit organisation founded by Richard Wurman in 1984. Owned by Sapling Foundations since 2001, the outfit is devoted to “ideas worth spreading” and has been conducting global conferences since 1990 besides providing a platform to inspire, transform and motivate a person, society or a nation.

Among the invitees are author Emma Dawson Varughese, Buddhist monk and musician Anu Choying Dolma, Carnatic musician Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam, economist and policy-maker Mihir Shah. Innovator Myshkin Ingawale, IAS-turned-social activist Harsh Mander, child prodigy-turned-IIT professor Tathagat Tulsi, social activist Medha Samant, swami Sarvapriyananda, CPM politburo member Brinda Karat and Bollywood actress Dia Mirza will also address the forum.

P.P. Sharma, former chief secretary of the state, will be the only speaker from Ranchi.

Swarthama, a band from Bangalore, will perform on the occasion.