Alarmel Valli - Bharatanatyam at BVB utsavArangetrum-Saroja V's disciples -2008-08-09-0050World Dance Day - Natya Vriksha Young dancers festival 2011Arangetrum-Saroja V's disciples -2008-08-09-0033Alarmel Valli - Bharatanatyam at BVB utsavWorld Dance Day - Natya Vriksha Young dancers festival 2011
Malavika Sarukkai's Shakti ShaktimaanAnanya 2011 - Bharatanatyam by Priya Venkataraman and GroupAnanya 2011 - Bharatanatyam by Priya Venkataraman and GroupWorld Dance Day - Natya Vriksha Young dancers festival 2011Malavika Sarukkai's Shakti ShaktimaanMalavika Sarukkai's Shakti Shaktimaan
Dr. Sandhya Purecha and disciples @ Parampara festival - TrailokyamGuru Purnima - Dance tributesArangetram - Praneeta ChaudharyAlarmel Valli - Bharatanatyam at BVB utsavAnanya 2010 - Day 2 - Natya Vriksha - Geeta ChandranAnanya 2011 - Bharatanatyam by Priya Venkataraman and Group
Ananya 2011 - Bharatanatyam by Priya Venkataraman and GroupAnanya 2011 - Bharatanatyam by Priya Venkataraman and GroupAnanya 2011 - Bharatanatyam by Priya Venkataraman and GroupAnanya 2011 - Bharatanatyam by Priya Venkataraman and GroupIndus World School, INDIAWorld Dance Day - Natya Vriksha Young dancers festival 2011

Bharatanatyam, a set on Flickr.

Bharata Natyam or Bharatanatyam (Tamil: பரதநாட்டியம்) is a classical dance form originating in Tamil Nadu, India.

Natyam is usually accompanied by the classical music. It has its inspirations from the sculptures of the ancient temple of Chidambaram. Bharata Natyam comes from the words Bhava (Expression), Raga (Music), Tala (Rhythm) and Natya (Classic Indian Musical Theatre). Today, it is one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles and is practiced by many dancers all over the world.

I have had the privilege of capturing very eminent artists and gurus including Smt Vijayantimala bali, Malavika surukkai, Alarmel Valli, Saroja Vaidyanathan, Geeta chandran and many young and brilliant performers who will carry the torch for long time to come… enjoy..


Sreeni in Charcha Mein – DD News : Reforms in Indian Education System – Is coaching a necessary evil?

For the textual version of it that I blogged earlier, kindly visit Sreeni in charch mein – Is coaching a necessary evil?

Education and Entrepreneurship: A compelling Jugalbandi to chart India’s future – Satya, Chairperson, CL Educate @ Indialogues

Satya, founder, CL Educate at Indialogues

Satya, founder, CL Educate at Indialogues

Unraveling the Professional

If you were to walk around the CL offices and ask people to define Satya, some of the answers you might get are – a visionary beyond the current reality, seer of the unseen, yet completely rooted in spotting ground opportunities, one with extraordinary personal maturity of putting goal above self, highly ethical and above all, someone who believes in people, and builds confidence in them. These are some of his key strengths. He has built a culture of approachability and an organization rooted in its core values.

His Endeavors – Past and Present

On the very first day of business, as a one-man start up, he readied his office, and bought the first chair (before the first prospect walked in). From there on, Satya has donned various roles at various points of time; in the initial years – teaching, selling, managing the brand, marketing, a lot of organization building, people building and so on. In the middle years, he became the force for new markets, new products, new diversifications into different education segments, and several inorganic opportunities. In the later years and now, he is focusing on organization building, setting vision, and mentoring various businesses.

He’s a sought-after speaker at various events, and an active TiE member. He has won many entrepreneurship recognition awards.

He began his career in Ranbaxy as a management trainee and then as a brand manager.

The Person

Some of the activities he engages in every week are playing competitive tennis, learning the Urdu language, teaching his daughter (who attends home school) and following sports. A budding poet, he loves traveling and interviewing people from varied walks of life.

Satya dropped out of his XII grade board exams one year to give a shot to his cricketing career. He played cricket for his State and was very close to making it to the big league. A quick self-assessment in Class XII made him shift gears.

Satya is an alumnus of St. Stephens College Delhi and IIM Bangalore.


At culture level education is deeply ingrained. When we can do it for a country of a billion. When we were young were told about Indian as a cab driver in New York or the mopper in Heathrow airport. Today they talk about knowledge driver, tech-preneurs etc. The world has started seeing India in a different light all together. What has changed, the entrepreneurial orientation of Indians have come to fore in many a sector.

Entrepreneurship is the only way we can deploy productivity. We need a million entrepreneurs to employ 500 million. Where and how will we make them employable?

I am going to pick up seven exciting entrepreneurs, rather edupreneurs who have impacted our nation in the last decade. I have taken CK Prahalad’s framework – Not an entrepreneur but guru of entrepreneurs. His thought leadership contributed – Core competency, bottom of the pyramid – BOP – people at the bottom of the economic ladders not as burden on the society. In fact people at the bottom of the pyramid are not just seen as the market but also creators.

“Anything that does not touch million, is not an exciting” – CKP shared when we were talking to him about education and schools.

CKP’s four principles of entrepreneurship –

1. One of the diseases that entrepreneur suffers – when resources are low, the excitement is high.

  • A – Resources are low, and aspirations high
    B – Resources are high, aspirations are high

  • Entrepreneur is one who is always at Situation A. You need imagination and not resources to change the world. Changing the game and the field….When we are a world-class economy – guilly danda, marbles (kanche), kabaddi will be in Olympics, since the world will naturally see us through a completely different prism. So our chances in Olympics will become very bright!!

      Madhav Chavan – Pratham – amazing movement in education addressing children from marginal sections of the society (
      Kiran Bir Sethi – Design for change – No school education puts a statement in child “I Can’- movement, now spread to 33 countries, 2 million children (

2. Fold the future IN

  • If in 2015 I want to be there, then fold the future in … set your schedules and targets and work backwards.

      Parth J shah –Centre for civil society – Access to education: Please do not subsidize the school expense. Take the same expense, not just access but also give choice to child. (

      Can RTE (right to education), good intent can be translated into society changing mechanism

3. FOCUS on NEXT Practices

  • Be not happy with the good practices of today. Entrepreneurs are always a little ahead. Design for the next generation. Amplify weak signals. When these six ‘India Future of Change ‘- entrepreneurial designers are going to go on CNBC, they are going to find a great many takers..

      Ashish Rajpal – IDI XSEED : over a decade of work in curriculum design and mentor training that powers hundreds of schools in the country today. (

      Sridhar Rajagopalan – Education Initiatives – 15 years. How education should be lead by understanding the concepts. Enable a school by being on the assessment part. Give feedback to the system for course correction. (

4. Focused on constrained Innovation

  • For a country of our size, rather do solution that has potential to reach million people. Prototyping, sand box, can it reach a billion?While technology innovations happen in institutions, the gurus take it too late to adapt..

      Gopi C P, 361 DM – A five-member team is brain behind 87 year old Annamalai university. Want to reach a million university goers in the next couple of years. (

     Nishant Saxena; Founder: Elements Akademia – EMO : Education Management organization – Helping institutions to excel with “Elements Inside” concept. (

Entrepreneurial Transformation requires – Intellect, humility, humaneness, Courage, passion, imagination and of course Luck (being at right place at right time)

Act promptly, Save life – Piyush Tiwari – Founder, Save life foundation @ Indialogues

Piyush Tiwari, founder, Save Life foundation

Piyush Tiwari, founder, Save Life foundation

Piyush is the Founder & Managing Trustee of the Save Life Foundation. Ever since the death of his cousin Shivam Bajpai in a road accident in year 2007, Piyush has been working to establish a network of like-minded individuals and institutions to achieve his goal of reducing the mortality rate on Indian roads. Piyush is a graduate from University of Delhi and works with the Calibrated Group, a US-based private equity fund, as the head of its India business. Prior to joining Calibrated Group, Piyush was involved in setting-up and managing the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), a public-private partnership between the Government of India and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The Save LIFE Foundation (SLF) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization focused on enabling Bystander Care, the immediate care that Police and public can provide emergency victims, especially those of road accidents, to enhance their chances of survival. Bystander Care will continue to play a key role in saving lives given the massive traffic congestion across most Indian cities, which hinder quick movement of EMS vehicles.

Over the past 2 years, Save LIFE has trained over 2500 Police first-responders in Delhi leading to a significant enhancement in survival rate of accident victims due to administration of basic emergency care to victims. Their immediate goal is to establish a community based and community driven emergency response service that will see over 8000 public volunteers in Delhi being trained in Basic Trauma Life Support skills, connected through a call centre so that they can be mobilized as first-responders in the event of a medical emergency, especially road accidents.

This morning, while on my way to this talk, I met with this situation – Scooter towing a car with 20mtr long rope. Someone went in between…and we had to rush the youth to a hospital!!

Road accidents – Nation loses 18 people every hour in road accidents, world No. 1 in road accident deaths. It is an epidemic with the high economic implications –

– no rules
– no post care
– not bothered
– bad design

Why are the accidents so high? Categorized into four blocks –

– No licensing, no training
– No civic enforcement
– Road design and engineering

  • Road user conflict
    o Largest and smallest non motorized on same lane
  • – Lack of post accident care

  • Not getting care in the golden period
  • This situation is unacceptable..what do you do about it?

    Road accident victim… why people don’t help

    – people are afraid of police harassment

    So SAVE LIFE established in 2008 – challenges

    – fractured system both legally and

    Middle part of the chain is what we wanted to target

    – Help on the road immediately
    – Police or any help vehicle
    – Advanced care immediately

    Can we start with educating and training police personnel?

    The first target we approached the police commissioner. Delhi has 650 vans. We want to train the 3000 personal, on basic trauma save support. In 3 months we trained them. In 2008, the survival rate of police was 71%. Post the training the reports show survival rate went up to 93%. That was only because there are many who were handling the basic three things very well.

    We have got the request to train 4500 more personnel from police. NSG commandoes after 26/11?

    How do we get people to involve more people like you and me? Can we do something? How do we get Delhi, to nominate citizen volunteers?

    Any one who is trying to help road accident victims will not be harassed. We have now 8500 potential volunteers from Delhi Police. We are in the process are training them in basic trauma support and we plan to connect them. One of the big criteria called mobility..

    Technology solution …
    · call the four digit number..
    · call center conveys the info all volunteers about where the accident happened…
    · press 1 to accept and reach the spot to give basic relief…
    · police will then move within the 15 minutes of providing the basic trauma..

    We have created a parallel system from govt where community service is playing a great role.

    · In rural thane this project is being implemented – Vasai and Kharghar blocks, you will see boards and action in Navi Mumbai.

    · We have taken community combined technology, healthcare and volunteerism.

    · We are encouraging cities, towns and communities to adopt the model to execute in the city.

    · Strength of this model lies in Rural India far more, since the big medical centers are far away, almost three hours.

    A few challenges that we face in design is…

    a. Spine boards – fibre glass spine board costs 98K rupees. Throwing a challenge to develop a low cost spine board, I will make sure that I will sell 1mn of these. We need to give dignity to people and to make them survive with working spine.
    b. I went to Harvard leadership program on health. Indian designers have better skills to make low cost version for India
    c. How to pull someone stuck inside the car without harming him or her.

    SaveLife foundation, A-316, Ansal chambers –

    Think Big! Start Small! – India : Challenges or Opportunities?

    – Almost 88% of Indian Economy is unorganized
    – The companies, big or small, that we want to work for constitute only 12% of the economy
    – Over 70% of Indian population is non-urban and reasonable chunk is well-off
    – Majority is still looking for basic amenities and services
    – In 2009, The number of work Visas issued to foreigners to work in India is more than number of Visas Indians applied for, to work abroad!!
    – Over 30,000 Korean children are studying in Indian Schools under South Korean Government’s Focused program –> to conquer the 88% of the economy!!

    So what are the implications?

    – India is a vast nation with immense possibilities
    – High potential to organize the unorganized
    – The world is heading to India to take advantage of this vast potential
    – Mukesh Ambani recently said, “There will be over a dozen companies as big as Reliance in 2025, many of those are yet to start their entrepreneurial journey!”; “India will create 20million jobs every year”;

    Indian Universities do not cater to a couple of million, where will the rest come from? Watch this youtube video…

    – Indian economy has grown leaps and bounds in the last two decades due to a great deal of entrepreneurial activity in IT/ITES sectors. The next two decades will see such huge activities in a range of small and medium enterprises, organizing the unorganized.
    – The real opportunity with the statistics that we have, is in the space of entrepreneurship and nowhere. Are you game for it?

    Watch more videos on these entrepreneurial endeavours in the unorganized spaces at IWSBINDIA channel on YOUTUBE. Wah India Wah!!

    Think Big! Start Small! Watch out for my next tour of India on Entrepreneurship this December!!

    IWSB – First convocation – Class of 2010

    IWSB and Career Launcher will remember March 27, 2010 for years to come. It was a first in many ways for CL – FIRST graduating class in any of the main stream education endeavours, opening of the FIRST ever higher education campus and CL’s own infrastructure, passing out of the FIRST batch of ‘entrepreneurial leaders’ from IWSB. It will take some time to sink, for most of us, as each one of the CLite will visit the campus as the days pass by.

    It was indeed a great day for the graduating class of 2010. Each one has been waiting for this day for long. Parents and family members were there to see their wards don the robes and attend their convocation ceremony.

    Class of 2010 @ IWSB

    Class of 2010 @ IWSB

    Convocation with distinguished guests

    Chief guest Mr. Sunil Munjal addressing the students

    Chief guest Mr. Sunil Munjal addressing the students

    The occasion was graced by eminent industrialist Mr. Sunil Munjal of the HERO group as the chief guest, while our guru of gurus Prof Ishwar Dayal made it to the event even while indisposed, to bless the young entrepreneurial leaders who were graduating.

    The preparation began over a couple of months ago with Dr Deepak Dogra getting ready the Festschrift of Prof Ishwar Dayal to be released on the occasion. A month ago Sunil Munjal kindly consented to be the chief guest on the occasion. Deepak had his hands full for the last three weeks and he refused to be part of any of the ‘selection panels’ of the admission process!! All ended on this great day with everything falling in place.

    The day began with the rehearsals at 11am marshaled by Deepak. By 4pm everyone was running around to get into their robes or beautiful/handsome dresses and donning the assigned roles and taking their designated positions. As Sunil Munjal arrives and has interaction with a select few, the faculty and students assembled at the portico to get ready for the photo op with the BOG and the chief guest, Sunil.

    Prof Ishwar Dayal exhorting the passing out students

    Prof Ishwar Dayal exhorting the passing out students

    graduating class

    graduating class

    Awarding medallions

    Awarding medallions

    The ceremonial procession headed by the Chief guest Munjal and Satya, chairperson, BOG IWSB moved towards the arena that already had parents and guests waiting. As the passing out students occupied their designated seats, the evening began with Saraswati vandana by Tanushree of PG11, followed by Shom felicitating the dignitaries and Satya declaring the convocation open. The graduating students were decorated with degrees by Satya and Prof Ishwar Dayal while Sunil awarded the medallions to exceptional performers, as they trooped in one by one to the calls given by the PGP Chairperson Raj Kishan.

    As Shom shared about path breaking work being done at IWSB, Prof Ishwar Dayal exhorted the students to be principled and socially aware when they head to the real world, Sunil Munjal highlighted the need for the graduating class to be job creators than just job seekers. The ceremonial evening came to an end with Satya addressing the gathering and Gautam concluding with vote of thanks.

    Graduating students started their evening merriment by throwing up their ‘topis’ up in the air the moment the evening was declared close. The merriment continued into late evening….

    IWSB Campus,

    IWSB Campus

    IWSB Corridors

    IWSB Corridors

    IWSB corridors

    IWSB Corridors

    The IWSB/CL campus has come up in a beautiful way and every visitor was in awe of the facilities. The new batch will enter the pristine space from the word go… Looking forward to the next big function, the inaugurals of the Class of 2012.

    All photos of IWSB first convocation and campus can be found here – Photos;

    Common Wealth….. games and arts of living !

    This evening when I was about to exit home, five youngsters made their way into the home, confidently smiling, seeking five minutes of our time! They proudly shared a common philosophy…following ‘Art of Living’. The agenda shared was “Art of Living with a few big corporates and personalities is launching ‘Clean Yamuna’ project on March 16th, for Common Wealth Games!”, and they also invited us for a Satsang in the neighbourhood park to awaken everyone for the cause. It is a welcome project indeed, alas commonwealth games bugle has woken a few youngsters and others too (CSR is the name for many corporates!)

    Couple of thoughts that struck me while listening to them and I shared with them –

    a. There are so many ‘common wealth’ of the public that each one of us hardly bother about every day – following traffic rules, waste disposal, noise pollution, defacing the walls, safe guarding public transport (buses, trains..).. the list can go on and on. All these violations by us – literates (not educated definitely) and significantly by youth who are flaunting pulsars and endeavors, biscuits and cigarettes, graffiti and confetti and, adrenaline and progesterone!!

    b. Can each one of us care about these in our daily life, just being silent contributors every day. Let us not wait for a Game or a Swami to initiate the one week drive!! Let us not get carried away by the banners and hoardings thrust by the CSR crusaders! Let us just be ‘socially aware, conscious and a contributor’ every day of our living, day in day out.

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