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5th August, 2018

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxTheOrchidSchool, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxTheOrchidSchool event, TED Talk videos and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Focus Of The Event

Millennials : Fidget Spinners Or Game Changers

Millennials today, might just be the most misunderstood generation. Fear of making the wrong choices and disapproval from older generations, has brought about new anxieties and apprehensions among them. They strive to achieve a work life balance, are passive-aggressive in voicing their opinions, yet stand their ground. Our TEDx event has speakers from different walks of life: a behaviour analyst, a career diplomat of the Indian Foreign Service, an educationalist, an occupational therapist, and a spiritual leader, to guide the millennials to deal with the competition in a healthy manner, without it affecting their emotional and mental health. We wish to not only understand the challenges faced by the millennials, but also help them navigate the future course of life.

Our Speakers



Raviraj lives in Mumbai with his parents, sister and an amazing bunch of friends. He is an occupational therapist, trainer, supervisor and a manager at Ummeed Child Development Center, a non- profit organization which collaborates with children experiencing disabilities and their families. He believes in his heart that people are not the problem, but the problem is the problem. Curiosity, Hope and Magic are things that guide his life. At Ummeed, he initiated The Magical Pen-pal project, The Pen-Pal project, The special something along with The I’mperfect Fathers group.

Speaking About

The Craziest Wildest Magical Thing Ever- ASKING

What would our world feel like, if each one of us would ask before assuming? Not any kind of asking, but asking with curiosity and intention of love, care and hope. In his talk, Raviraj will share stories of what becomes possible by the simple act of asking and unpack the power of ASKING.


Lakshmi Kumar


Lakshmi Kumar is the Founder Director of The Orchid School, Pune. The school is under the banner Pradnya Niketan Education Society. She brings in her expertise in defining philosophical and ideological path to education. She is leading the team for institutional building, leadership development, pedagogic choices, curriculum enrichment program and above all students’ overall development.

Lakshmi Kumar has specialized in training culture workers from Sweden – teachers, social workers, lawyers, nurses and doctors – to work with multicultural communities. She has initiated exchange programs funded by Swedish Council for higher education with The Orchid School. She has been the academic supervisor and coordinator for Sweden-India Project- a field- based training program on trans cultural sensitivity for global social work – based in Orebro University, Sweden for last twenty-five years.

Speaking About

Are School Systems Ready for the Millennials?

Bringing changes in school climate to suit millennials: With the passage of time,
schools have evolved to adapt to the needs of the students. However, millennials
bring the need for adaptation beyond the physical space, teaching, learning
methods, curriculum and optional subjects. Millennials have their own mind-sets
and ways of working. Schools need to refocus their approach to create a school
climate to hone the mind-set, skillset, readiness of the millennials.

Nithya Shanti


Nithya Shanti specializes in facilitating profound shifts in awareness for people to release limitations and awaken latent potentials for a fulfilling life. 

He went through several schools, each with different philosophies on education; he studied economics and psychology at Fergusson College, Pune and completed a post graduation in Human Resources from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

He was ordained as a forest meditation monk in the the tradition of Ven. Ajahn Chah in Thailand for a period of six years. His work has been featured nationally and internationally. Nithya Shantiʼs aim is facilitating a paradigm shift from “seeking happiness” to “spreading happiness” through simple, joyful and practical teachings.

Speaking About

Seeking to Spreading Happiness

The world becomes increasingly competitive, forcing the millennials to aim higher than ever before. The choice that comes into play is that between happiness and ambition. In a world running on the dilemma of achievements and ambition versus happiness and satisfaction, Nithya Shanti will tell us how we can help the millennial make the choice, and achieve job satisfaction without feeling worn-out. He will also share practical wisdom about millennial relationships.

Dnyaneshwar Mulay


Dr. Mulay has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the Shivaji University, Kolhapur. He pursued his Master’s Degree from the Mumbai University in Personnel Management. He currently holds office as Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs in-charge of Overseas Indian Affairs and Consular, Passport &Visa. He belongs to the 1983 batch of Indian Foreign Service. He has since served in several capacities, including the Consul General of India, New York and High Commissioner of India, Male.
He is a successful writer and has written over 15 books, which have been translated in Arabic, Dhivehi, Urdu, Kannada and Hindi. His magnum-opus – ‘Maati, Pankh ani Akash’, written in Marathi, has received immense popularity and have also been prescribed in the Arts curriculum at the North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon. He has inspired several socio-educational projects including Balodyan, an orphanage in his native village.

A documentary titled ‘Gypsy’, highlighting the life and work of Dnyaneshwar Mulay, was produced by Director Dhananjay Bhawalekar. The film received ‘Special Jury Award’ at the Delhi Short Film Documentary Festival. Well-known writer Deepa Deshmukh authored a book titled ‘Dr. Dnyaneshwar Mulay – Passport Man of India’.
He believes that it’s not hard being a traveller, what’s hard is being an explorer. Visiting many countries as a tourist does not make us a global citizen. What really makes us a global and an international citizen are our ideologies and the way we adapt to different environments and blend into various cultures easily.

Speaking About

Ticket to Millennials’ Dreams

(Journey of Passport)

 In a country like India, with about 1.3 billion people rushing and running around everyday to avail government services, Dr. Mulay will tell us if showing a little empathy and compassion in any bureaucratic process is a ticket to a peaceful change. He will discuss the subject by emphasising on how a little patience and kindness towards the common man’s struggle to get a passport can lighten his burden.

Divya Amarnath


Cultural Transformation Evangelist

Divya Vikas Amarnath embraced the differing nuances of culture from her early years in India and Saudi Arabia while she started curiously experimenting with creative expression as a young child. Currently, she facilitates corporate learning in areas ranging from innovation through Design Thinking to impactful communication through Cross Cultural collaborations. Through her career spanning 17 years, traveling across continents, Divya has worked in various industries ranging from Hospitality to Education, Banking to Information Technology. She has been an evangelist of creating inclusive cultures for organization transformation. Author, speaker, dancer, researcher, facilitator, mother, Divya is passionate about stirring minds.

Speaking About

Creative Self-Talk, because you are listening!

Do I stand out by being myself? Or do I fit in, because it is expected of me? A big challenge of the millennial is deciding whose voice to listen to. Under constant judgement and pressure to fit in, Divya Amarnath will help us understand how you can decide and remain true to yourself. She will present to you, how you can make sure that the real “you”; is accepted, and that you can be an influence and shine in your own light.


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get to the venue?

The map and contact details are listed within the contact information.You will also receive a confirmation email with location map.

What about reserving a seat?

Attendance is by invitation only.



The Orchid School

Baner Mhalunge Road,

Baner, Pune-411045




020 – 6711-6711