The TEDx New Delhi event was held at The India Habitat Center, New Delhi on a very very rainy Sunday morning. 1st of August was indeed a Sunday well-spent – not only intently listening to the speakers, but also mingling with the participants and TED Fellows who were present at the event. Some of the people who made it possible were @ferozegujral @aakriti @iamyashraj @parmeshs and @nixxin

Sorry if I missed some, but I am not aware of the entire team. The hashtag on Twitter for the event was #tedxdelhi and their Twitter account is @tedxdelhi Following are some of the photographs with a brief of who is in them / what is going on in them.

The registration process with people thronging to sign-up before being let into the auditorium.

That’s @parmeshs & @ferozegujral busy tying up last minute things I’m guessing.

Expectant audience members. All of us were eagerly awaiting the start of TEDxDelhi – and we were also busy updating our Twitter feeds with what we’d seen thus far. Despite Twitter’s scheduled maintenance for almost 4 hours, there was still enough buzz created. @dotmanish in the photograph on top and Mrs. Chisti with her team and a technical member of the TEDxDelhi team fixing up their presentation in the left photograph.

@ferozegujral introducing another speaker to the TEDxDelhi audience.

Shabnam Virmani gracing us with a Kabir Sufi song. Absolutely enchanting.

William Bissell of FabIndia sharing his idea with us – which was one of the short & sweet talks that stuck to the point.

And this is Anuj Sharma. The person in the slide with the fashionable head-dress is Anuj’s tailor. Anuj doesn’t have a website but uses Picasa for his online presence – find him here. He held us in rapture with his ButtonMasala and MasalChai clothes and ingenuity. Very down-to-earth fashion designer from NID, based in Ahmedabad & his ideas are already spreading across the globe. A fantastic addition by the TEDxDelhi team.

Arvind Talekar of the Dabbawalas of Bombay.

Naman Ahuja – a history professor for the Jawaharlal Nehru University, expounding on the subject of erotica and censorship in India – with a couple of amazing anecdotes!

Manoj Kumar from the Naandi Foundation – aiming to feed the hungry and delivering on their promise. So that children like Aakash Sahariya cease to have any followers at all.

One of the technical members of the TEDxDelhi organizing team busy fixing another speaker’s presentation before they come on stage.

Himanshu form the Genda Phool project.

Naveen Jindal taking us down memory lane with his fight to bring the Indian National Flag to the masses. I still can’t wear it as a bikini though – unlike the United States flag. There’s a link somewhere between Naman Ahuja’s and Naveen’s work.

Kalpesh Bhatt from the Akshardham Temple project.

@mekkanikal on the right and another audience member.

M. M. Alex talking about Alexonics.

Subodh Gupta talking about his installation art. Don’t miss his metal-case Bullet in the photograph below.

The last three photographs are from the last ‘speaker’ – singer actually : Rabbi Shergill. He was bound to capture the interest of almost everyone present. Certainly woke me up. Not only with his music but also with this “work is a waste” anecdote. He made the audience join him in the singing and the clapping – everyone complied I might add.

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