Part stand-up comedy, part-musical and part-biting diatribe on socio-political issues, Aisi Taisi Democracy is a refreshing satire political/musical act that tells the truth about our times, crafting it in the form of songs and stories. Lead by an illustrious lot, the act features fusion folk band Indian Ocean's bassist and vocalist Rahul Ram, Delhi's angry satirist Sanjay Rajoura and lyricist/comedian Varun Grover. The show is a mixed bag of personal stories, talks about various issues like border relations, elections, politics, et al, and dares to ask some uncomfortable questions while keeping you in splits throughout. Not recommended for those who are easily offended
After a sparkling career as the head of the kitchen brigade for globally recognized chains Marriott and Starwood, and after successfully hosting food shows on two of India’s leading television channels Chef Ajay Chopra has reinvented himself. He is now taking on the role of entrepreneur in the brick and mortar world and is building his personal brand in the digital space. Ajay began his career with the Cecil Oberoi in Shimla. He then joined the Oberoi Center for Learning and Development from where he completed the culinary and management training program, graduating as a gold medallist. His first assignment as a chef was at Kandahar, the Indian specialty restaurant at the Oberoi New Delhi. In addition to Kandahar he was also responsible for the hotel’s banqueting operations as well as the coffee shop.
With more than 700 shows across three continents, Amit is one of the best known observational comics in India. He is known as 'The Married Guy' in the stand-up comedy circuit. After two kids and one marriage, he realized it couldn't get any worse and took to comedy. In the last three years he has toured three solo shows across India and has co-produced three other shows. He was also responsible for bringing a popular comedy face-off show of Singapore, Fight Comic to India. He also hosts a weekly show on Radio City 91.1.
Anupam Kher (born 7 March 1955, in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh) is an Indian actor and the former Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India. He is the recipient of two National Film Awards and eight Filmfare Awards. He has acted in over 500 films and many plays. Mainly working in Hindi films, he has also appeared in acclaimed international films. His biography Lessons Life Taught Me Unknowingly published on 5 August 2019 by Penguin Random House. Basis his experiences of the COVID-19 crisis, he has penned the book 'Your Best Day Is Today!' and is published by Hay House India on 5 December 2020. He is an acclaimed motivational speaker, who frequents film fests, lit fests, events, and conferences. In 1985, he married Bollywood actress Kirron Kher, who is a Member of Parliament from Chandigarh.
Sehwag holds multiple records including the highest score made by an Indian in Test cricket. He also holds the distinction of being one of four batsmen in the world to have ever surpassed 300 twice in Test cricket, and the only one to score two triple centuries and take a five-wicket innings haul. He is currently well praised throughout the country for his witty humor-filled tweets on the micro-blogging site Twitter relating to current affairs.
Ashish Diwansingh Nehra is an Indian cricketer who has represented India internationally since 1999. He embodies various virtues of a left- handed bowler- pace, accuracy, strategic variations in line and length, and the ability to swing the ball both ways. He has been particularly effective with the new ball and at the death overs. Ashish Nehra was also famously called "one of the best bowlers that the Indian team has ever seen", by Ravi Shastri. M.S. Dhoni also suggested Nehra's name as the future bowling coach for India considering his massive experience, his ability to easily swing the ball both ways and his amazing performance even when bowling under pressure.
Pullela Gopichand is a former Indian badminton player. Presently, he is the Chief National Coach for the Indian Badminton team. He won the All England Open Badminton Championships in 2001 becoming the second Indian to achieve this feat after Prakash Padukone. He runs the Gopichand Badminton Academy. He received the Arjuna Award in 1999, the Dronacharya Award in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan – India's third highest civilian award – in 2014.
Kalki Koechlin is an Indian actress and writer of French descent. Apart from acting in films, Koechlin is also a regular presence in theater productions in the country. An acclaimed actress in the Indian film industry for her unconventional body of work, she is the recipient of a National Film Award, a Filmfare Award and two Screen Awards, among other accolades.
Ananya Birla is an Indian musician and Entrepreneur. She is the founder of Svatantra Microfinance, a company that provides microfinance to woman in rural India. She is also founder of CuroCarte and cofounder of Mpower
Baba Ramdev is a yoga guru. He is the founder of Divya Yog Mandir Trust in 1995, and was featured by Aastha TV in its morning yoga slot. He is the reason why half the nation and a number of celebrities from India & abroad started practicing Yoga. Celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Shilpa Shetty are some of his disciples, among others. He is known for his work in ayurveda, business, politics and agriculture and is also the founder of Patanjali Group of Institutions.
Shashi Tharoor is an Indian politician and a former diplomat who is currently serving as Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala since 2009. He successfully got reelected in the 2019 general elections too. He is one of the strong opposition voices and is highly active on Social Media. He is also a successful literary figure, who has authored about 20 books like The Battle of Belonging (2020) and others. He has been honored with many awards including the Sahitya Akademi Award for his book, An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India. Shashi Tharoor is famous for his eloquent speeches & choice of English phrases. For instance, his speech decrying British Colonialism, delivered at the Oxford Union in 2015, had gone viral amassing over 6 million+ views, while simultaneously being praised as ground-breaking in various educational institutions in India. His Having authored 4 books, he is a regular speaker at lit fests. To invite him as the keynote speaker for events and conferences, Call +919810735754
One of the pioneers of Television Advertising, the man who has ruled the advertising world with his brand of irreverent humor, memorable brand building campaigns and has created award winning commercials for the most reputed corporations and agencies. Known as the Ad Guru of India, he has been instrumental in changing the face of advertising in our country bringing in the appropriate “regional Indianness” and values into an urban context through his films, creative workshops, articles and interviews.
Rashmi Pitre, an actress, painter and a poetess is known for her concept- ‘ Painting with Poetry’ in which she beautifully merges her own poems with her paintings. Recently she received the prestigious BMC’s ‘Mumbai Mayor Award 2017’ from the Mayor of Mumbai. She has also received the ‘Golden Achiever Award’ from renowned Jury members of the film fraternity. She has received the Spandan’s Best Artist Award and the Social Award for Artist’s Contribution in Social Work. She is also a recipient of the Humanity First Foundation Award for social work and is being announced as the Recipient of Laadli Award- the ‘Daughter’s Special Achievement Award’ while having received Best Actress Awards for her acting in State and National Drama Competitions more than 11 times. She has acted in numerous major shows of the Indian Television while also playing supporting roles in various Hindi and Marathi movies and has completed more than 2000 episodes on TV till date.
Abhinav Bindra is an Indian businessman and retired professional shooter who is a World and Olympic champion in the 10 m Air Rifle event. By winning the gold in the 10 m Air Rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, he became the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games. He is the first and only Indian to have held both the World and Olympic titles at the same time, a feat he accomplished by capturing the Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, after having won the gold at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships. Abhinav won Gold Medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow. Bindra feels that he has no talent and his only talent is that he can practise regularly, diligently and honestly. He said that he had a dream of winning gold medals in Olympics from the very first day he started shooting practice. According to him, most Indian parents do not consider sports as a profession. Bindra wants people to look up sports as a serious profession in India
Sonam Wangchuk is the founder of SECMOL, an alternative school dedicated to students failed by the system. Along with his students, he created a ground breaking method of storing water - the Ice Stupa, thereby solving the water shortage problems of thousands of Ladakhi farmers. For this, he received the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise. In this talk, he illustrates the various issues with the present system of education and puts forth his vision to create a people’s university where students would learn through practical application and solving real life problems. Watch this talk and let Sonam Wangchuk paint a beautiful picture of what our education system could look like. Inventor, Engineer and an Education Reformist. Founder of SECMOL. Rolex Award recipient.
Boman Irani is an Indian film and theatre actor, voice artist, and photographer of Parsi Irani descent. He is widely known for his comedic and villain roles in Bollywood films such as Don, Munna Bhai MBBS, 3 Idiots, Happy New Year, PK, and Dilwale. Boman Irani's life is that of rags to riches story. Irani was dyslexic and had ADHD and had a lisp. He got over his lisp eventually. Boman Irani’s mom used to send him to watch movies often, as he wasn’t doing great at school. He did a polytechnic diploma course, after which, he joined the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower and worked there as a waiter and in-room service. Irani began his acting career in theatre and moved to films in 2000. Irani gained attention for his role in the 2003 comedy Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. He later appeared in Lage Raho Munna Bhai for which he received several IIFA award nominations and in 3 Idiots opposite Aamir Khan which earned him a Filmfare Award and a Star Screen Award for Best Actor in a Villainous Role. Boman Irani's journey is no less than a Bollywood flick and is full of honesty and grit. He is a well known motivational speaker as well. Read more about him here https://www.indianspeakerbureau.com/blog/inspirational-life-and-quotes-of-boman-irani-transformation-from-a-dyslexic-and-lispic-child-to-an-acclaimed-bollywood-actor/
Chetan Bhagat is a banker turned celebrity author of twelve blockbuster books. These include nine novels—Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009), Revolution 2020 (2011), Half Girlfriend (2014), One Indian Girl (2016), The Girl in Room 105 (2018), and One Arranged Murder (2020) and three non-fiction titles — What Young India Wants (2012), Making India Awesome(2015), and India Positive (2019). Chetan’s books have remained bestsellers since their release. Four out of his five novels have been already adapted into successful Bollywood films and the others are in process of being adapted as well. The New York Times called him the ‘the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history’. Time magazine named him amongst the ‘100 most influential people in the world’ and Fast Company, USA, listed him as one of the world’s ‘100 most creative people in business’. Chetan writes columns for leading English and Hindi newspapers, focusing on youth and national development issues. He is also a motivational speaker and screenplay writer. Chetan quit his international investment banking career in 2009 to devote his entire time to writing and make change happen in the country. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Anusha, an ex-classmate from IIM-A. He is of the youth icons of India and is one of the top 10 motivational speakers of Indian in 2021. https://www.indianspeakerbureau.com/blog/top-10-indian-motivational-speakers-in-2021/
Zoya Akhtar is an Indian film director and screenwriter. After completing a diploma in filmmaking from NYU, she assisted directors such as Mira Nair, Tony Gerber and Dev Benegal, before turning writer-director in her own right. She has directed movies such as Luck by Chance (2009), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Sheila Ki Jawani, a segment of Bombay Talkies (2013). She has co-written Talaash (2012) alongside Reema Kagti. She then went on to direct Dil Dhadakne Do (2015), a film based on a dysfunctional Punjabi family.
Anurag Kashyap is an Indian film director, writer, producer and actor, known for his work in Hindi cinema. For his contributions to film, the Government of France awarded him the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) in 2013. After writing a television serial, Kashyap got his major break as a co-writer in Ram Gopal Varma's crime drama Satya (1998), and made his directorial debut with Paanch, which never had a theatrical release due to censorship issues. He then went on to direct Black Friday (2007), a film based on the book by Hussain Zaidi about the 1993 Bombay bombings. Its release was held up for two years by the Central Board of Film Certification because of the pending verdict of the case at that time, but was released in 2007 to widespread critical appreciation. Kashyap's followup, No Smoking (2007) met with negative reviews and performed poorly at the box-office. His next venture Dev.D (2009), a modern adaptation of Devdas was a critical and commercial success; followed by the political drama Gulaal (2009), and the thriller That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011). His prominence increased with the two-part crime drama, Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). His next films were Bombay Talkies (2013), Ugly (2014) and Bombay Velvet (2015). In 2016, Kashyap directed Raman Raghav 2.0, a film based on the serial killer Raman Raghav. His next film was the sports drama Mukkabaaz, which was released in 2018. Apart from filmmaking, Kashyap serves as the Member of board of the Mumbai-based NGO, Aangan, which helps protect vulnerable children around India. He is the founder of two film production companies: Anurag Kashyap Films, Phantom Films with partnership from directors Vikramaditya Motwane and Vikas Bahl and producer Madhu Mantena.
Navjot Singh Sidhu is an Indian politician, television personality and former cricketer. He currently serves as the Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, and Museums of the State of Punjab. As a professional cricketer, Sidhu had a career spanning over 19 years after his first-class debut in 1981–82. After losing his place in the national team after his international debut in 1983–84, Sidhu returned to score four half-centuries in the 1987 World Cup. Playing mostly as a top-order batsman, Sidhu went on to play in 51 Tests and 136 One Day Internationals for the country. He came to be known for his six-hitting ability and earned the sobriquet 'Sixer Sidhu'. After retirement, he turned to commentary and television, most notably as a judge of comedy shows, and as a permanent guest in Comedy Nights with Kapil (2013–15) and later The Kapil Sharma Show (since 2016). He was a contestant in the reality television show Bigg Boss (2012). Sidhu joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2004 and contested the general election from Amritsar. He won the election and held the seat till 2014 winning also the next election. He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 2016 from Punjab before he resigned from the position the same year and quitting the party. In 2017, he joined the Indian National Congress and was elected to the Punjab Legislative Assembly from Amritsar East.
Richa Chaddha is an actress who works in the Indian Film Industry. After debuting in the comedy film Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, she has worked as a supporting actress in several films. Her major breakthrough was a supporting role in the film noir gangster saga Gangs of Wasseypur, where her role as the bellicose and extremely foul-tongued wife of a gangster earned her a Filmfare award. In 2015, she made her debut in a leading role with the drama Masaan, playing a girl caught after indulging in casual sex. The film got a standing ovation when screened at the Cannes film festival. Before entering into Bollywood, she worked as an intern with a Men\'s fashion magazine and Elle. She is the youngest jury member from India at the International Film Festivals. More to this, she is also a professionally trained Bharatnatyam dancer. She has a keen interest in working for the welfare of the animals; and runs an adoption community for pets as well as supports many NGOs. She was featured in the 30 under 30 list of Forbes Magazine and cover of the magazine. She is a strong advocate of freedom for Women.
Ashwin Sanghi ranks among India's highest-selling English fiction authors. He has written several bestsellers (The Rozabal Line, Chanakya's Chant, The Krishna Key, The Sialkot Saga, and Keepers of the Kalachakra in his Bharat Series. In addition, he has co-authored two New York Times bestselling crime thrillers with James Patterson called Private India (sold in the US as City On Fire and Private Delhi (sold in the US as Count to Ten. Included by Forbes India in their Celebrity 100 and winner of the Crossword Popular Choice, Ashwin also co-writes the 13 Steps Series of self-help books (13 Steps to Bloody Good Luck, 13 Steps to Bloody Good Wealth, 13 Steps to Bloody Good Marks to be followed by several other titles in the series. Scroll down to see Ashwin's journey from an avid reader to a New York Times bestselling author.
Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages. She made her directorial debut in 2008 with Firaaq, which won many accolades and appreciation, both in India and abroad. She was on the jury at the Cannes Film Festival twice (2005 and 2013), among others. Nandita also wrote, directed, and acted in the play, Between the Lines, in 2012, that dealt with the subtle gender inequalities that exist in educated urban couples. She has a master’s degree in Social Work and has worked with various NGOs before films gave her a wider platform to expand her role as a social advocate. Nandita continues to remain a strong voice for issues of social justice and human rights. She has been invited to speak at some of the best universities, global and national events, and important social forums around the world. She has been the President of the jury in the 2018 and 2020 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence. Nandita Das was the Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society from 2009 to 2012. She has been conferred the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French Government. She was the first Indian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the International Women’s Forum in Washington DC. In 2010, she was nominated by the World Economic Forum to be a Youth Global Leader. Nandita Das was among the 16 applicants, chosen from close to 4000 applicants, to be a Yale World Fellow in 2014. She has been a staunch supporter of the campaign, ‘Dark Is Beautiful’ that has been fighting the rampant color bias. In 2019 she produced a music video, India’s Got Colour with many celebrated actors, to further the conversation on the diversity of skin tones. Nandita's second directorial venture, Manto, based on the life and works of the short story writer, Saadat Hasan Manto, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. It was the only official Indian film to be selected in the competition and then traveled to various festivals around the world. Nandita also screened the film and shared its journey at top US universities including Stanford, Yale, Harvard, MIT, and Columbia. Manto continues to stream on Netflix. Her first book 'Manto & I' chronicles her 6-year long journey of making the film. Both were co-produced by Nandita Das Initiatives (NDI), a company she set up to explore creative ways to tell compelling stories. In May this year, she wrote, directed, and acted in a short film called, Listen to Her. The 7min film, produced by NDI, is about the increase in domestic violence and the overburden of work that women are facing during the lockdown. It was supported by UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, and South Asia Foundation and can be freely watched on Youtube. To invite her to events and conferences as a speaker, call +919810735754 or mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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