TEDxMICA 2015 took place on February 1 at Mani Ayer Auditorium, MICA.

The independently organized event, licensed by TED, featured speakers from varied spheres, and the theme for the event was “Sonder”. The theme brought one closer to the realization that people, the extras in our lives, are on their own ‘unique’ journey, and each one’s journey must be appreciated.

Launched in 2009, TEDx is a program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on TED.com and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

In the first session of TEDxMICA 2015, Akshai Abraham, founder of Project KHEL (Kids Holistic Education and Life-skills), spoke on ‘power of play’. Akshai has been pursuing his dream of helping marginalized children reach their true potential with the aid of sports via his innovative foundation, where he imparts life skills to roughly 1000 such children in Lucknow.

In the same session, Moji Riba, the 36-year-old-film-maker from Arunachal Pradesh, spoke on ‘what happened to love songs’. He has been capturing the cultural richness of Arunachal Pradesh through his 35 documentaries for national television stations. Nirali Kartik, Ahmedabad-born classical vocalist, and recipient of the ShresthaSadhak award by Gujarat SangeetNatak Kala Academy, encapsulated the air of TEDxMICA with her melodious voice. She spoke on ‘power of spontaneity’.

In the second session, Sarbani Das Roy, founder and Honorary Secretary of Ishwar Sankalpa, Kolkata, touched many hearts by speaking on ‘Quintessential India’. Through her foundation, Sarbani has been raising awareness on mental health by taking care of mentally ill individuals who have lost touch with their family.

The travel writer, photographer and author of ‘Hot Tea across India’, Rishad Saam Mehta, spoke on ‘what three cups of tea taught me’. Actor, music director, lyricist, singer, and scriptwriter, Piyush Mishra spoke on ‘theatre is not a profession, it’s a calling’.