Chapter 3


This theme has completely change the perspective with which people look at disruptions. Disruption generally has a negative connotation attached to it, but when it is applied in the fields of technology, entertainment, and design, it can completely deter our thoughts to something positive and unthinkable. Disruption is either going to happen to you or because of you. Whichever side you are on, positive disruptions leave both sides a victory for life! All the speakers of tedxgim 2023 have brought about positive disruptions in their field of work and we are proud of them for all their achievements.


TEDxGIM 2023 Speakers and Performers

Kshitiz Aneja

Traveller | Diversity and Inclusion | Motivational Speaker

This is the tale of Kshitiz Aneja, whose life’s narrative began to unfold at the tender age of nine, when an electric current of a staggering 11,000 volts coursed through his limbs on that one unfortunate day of Basant Panchami. The accident marred both his arms but not his dauntless spirit. The fates were undeniably unkind to Kshitiz who found himself wholly reliant on his parents for even the simplest of tasks.  Today, watch as he stands before society as a living testament, a luminous embodiment that reaffirms the belief that with unwavering hope, any summit can be scaled. Kshitiz not only triumphed over his adversities but also secured an education from some of the most prestigious institutions in India and established his presence in the echelons of top-notch brands. His story echoes the theme “Dawn of Disruption”. Meet the guy who not just lived but also lived through the inclement labyrinth of life!

Ninad Daithankar

Santoor Player | Musician

Experience the symphony that is Ninad, a rising star among Santoor players of his generation, hails from a lineage steeped in musical tradition. His father, Dr. Dhananjay Daithankar, not only serves as his guru but also holds a venerable position as a senior Santoor maestro. His mother, Dr. Swati Daithankar, brings her expertise to the realm of Bharatnatyam. Born into this illustrious family of musicians, Ninad’s fascination with the enchanting notes of the Santoor blossomed during his early years. At the age of twelve, Ninad embarked on his formal Santoor training under the tutelage of his father and revered guru, Dr. Dhananjay Daithankar, who himself is a disciple of the renowned Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma. With dedication and countless hours of practice, Ninad has honed his Santoor skills over the years. Notably, he has earned his M.A. (Santoor) from Bharati Vidyapeeth’s Performing Center with distinction, further solidifying his status as a promising talent in the world of Santoor music. They say “Music is the language of the Gods” and Ninad with his santoor is clearly the proof.

Sargam Koushal

Mrs. World 2022-23

Designated by society as the Modern Bahu and crowned as Mrs. World 2022, Sargam Koushal, a former English teacher and wife of a Naval Officer Lt. Cdr. Aditya Manohar Sharma, decided to chase her dreams above all the odds. She advocates the ritual of marriage upon successful and sustainable independence so that it is seen as something pure and not compelling. Being exposed to all the traditional societal norms she strongly believes that the best revenge for something negative is massive victory. Sargam, skilled in reinventing the feminine avatar of a woman away from the stereotypical presentations of a wife and a mother, proved that nothing is impossible to achieve in spite of all the negativity that exists. As a promoter of body positivity and mental health awareness among young women, she states that women who love themselves, work and achieve goals, and appreciate and uphold themselves before others causes them to be rebels and disruptors that ultimately transcends into the dawn of disruption.

Sarrah Kapasi

Forbes Asia Under 30 – Class of 2022 | Entrepreneur | Co-Founder at D-Alive Health Pvt Ltd

Sarrah Kapasi is the Co-Founder Of D-Alive Health, India’s first company to provide holistic wellness solutions specially designed for people with diabetes. However, Sarrah’s association with diabetes goes much beyond just being the co-founder of D-Alive. Her father, Mr. M.N Kapasi, who was also her mentor and co-founder, has been suffering from Type 1 diabetes since the past 25 years. This made her empathetic and passionate to lead a company that becomes an umbrella solution for people with diabetes in India. She along with her father and her friend, Alfiya Attarwala have taken the company to the top of the organic shelves in the nascent but growing diabetic food market.

Shivani Kalra

Airline Pilot | Influencer

Carrying the power of goddess Durga in her name, Captain Shivani Kalra proved that all goals are achievable if we have the courage to pursue them. Like any 18 year old, she did not know where life would take her but thanks to her father who handed her an article on aviation which aroused her curiosity in that field. She quickly realized her calling and focused herself to years of hard work, dedication, and determination. Fast forward to the year 2022 when she piloted an evacuation flight of 249 Indian students from Bucharest, Romania under Operation Ganga. She was also the only woman pilot in the crew. Pushing boundaries and breaking stereotypes, Captain Shivani Kalra represents the changing face of women in society and workplace.

Sudip Chakraborty

Kathak Dancer | Choreographer | Writer | Storyteller

Sudip Chakraborty shares his personal experiences of growing up in a lower-middle-class Bengali family and how dance played an integral role in his life despite the trials and tribulations. He reflects on how the art form has evolved over time, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and advocates for celebrating our great heritage. In a world of chaos, he asks the audience to be an instrument of harmony. Chakraborty discusses the limitations of our perception and the importance of expanding our horizons beyond what we can see with our eyes. He suggests that it is necessary to step outside of our comfort zones and embrace new experiences to gain valuable insight and knowledge that enriches our lives.