Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) was honoured to host the fifth edition of TEDxXIMB on 20th January 2019.


TED is a non-profit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. Independently run TEDx events help share powerful ideas and thoughts in communities around the world. With a view to sharing its vision with TED and TEDx, TEDxXIMB 5.0 had speakers from diverse backgrounds sharing their thought-provoking and life-altering ideas with us based on the theme “Chakravyuh: The Inescapable Formation”. The speakers for TEDxXIMB 5.0 were Lt. Gen. Satish Dua, Mr. Divyanshu Damani, Dr. Sruti Mohapatra, Mr. Paul Walsh, Mr. Sachin Das Burma, Mr. A. L. Jagannath and Miss. Megha Vishwanath.


Our first speaker Lt. Gen. Satish Dua, the highly decorated army officer, was the mastermind behind the surgical strikes conducted in response to the Uri attacks. He shared inspiring tales from his life and divulged how positive attitude has always helped him to achieve success in life. With numerous years of experience as a military officer, Lt. Gen. Satish Dua spoke about what it takes to keep the nation and its citizens safe. He also described the life of soldiers, the challenges they face and how they overcome them.


Dr. Sruti Mohapatra, who works actively towards getting equal rights for differently-abled people, was our second speaker. She spoke about how disability is viewed as an impediment. She further spoke about how society should stop viewing disability as a disease and work towards accepting them for who they are. Dr. Sruti Mohapatra said that each maze has a way out and even if the whole world gives up on you, one should not give up. All we need to succeed in life is focus, determination and a lot of hard work.


Our third speaker was Mr. Sachin Das Burma, the man responsible for the successful marketing campaign of Hockey World Cup held in Bhubaneswar. He explained that Chakravyuhs are present in all walks of life, one must realize its presence and work towards finding a way out. He spoke about how he broke the Chakravyuh of the traditional format of government advertisements and gave a new face to it thus encouraging us to not get tied up in traditional methods and ideas but rather work towards being creative and come out of the tradition shackles.


Our fourth speaker, Mr. Paul Walsh - the Indian at heart, shared his life journey of encouraging and improving the lives of underprivileged children through Rugby. He explained how this, odd shaped ball (rugby ball) had superpowers and how he used this amazing tool to change innumerable lives. He also shared some of the inspirational works that he and his team had done over the years.


XIMB alumnus and well-known marketer, Mr. A. L. Jagannath was the fifth speaker. He motivated us to do something different and better and help ourselves succeed in our life. He explained the science behind golf and how it can help us to find our path out of Corporate Chakravyuhs. He also encouraged us not to delve in our pasts but instead get ready for the next thing just like in golf where the next shot is more important than the previous one.


Our sixth speaker, Miss. Megha Vishwanath shared her story of how the Chakravyuh of discovering one's passion helped her to find herself. In times when her peers didn't have answers to any questions, she saw an opportunity and made the most of it. This led her to run many successful shows in her career as a successful journalist, television producer, and anchor. She gave valuable advice on how to look beyond our present and plan accordingly to become successful.


Our final speaker, Mr. Divyanshu Damani, the social media influencer, spoke about how it is easy to influence and get influenced in this technologically advanced world. In this generation where people crave instantaneous success, he explained both the positive and negative aspects of influence. He also said that we should be careful as to whom we influence and by whom do we get influenced.


After these inspiring and thought-provoking speeches, the audience enjoyed an enthralling performance from the traditional Odissi dancers who were wearing masks, made out of paper pulp and painted bright, known as "Medha Nacha" depicting the 'Nagajurna' Avatar of Lord Jagannath and Devi Maa (The Supreme Goddess). They danced to the rhythm of Changu and Dhol.


Lastly, TEDxXIMB 5.0 was concluded by a vote of thanks by Miss. Akanksha Mohanty, the Curator and Lead Organiser, to express her gratitude to all the stakeholders responsible to make this event a grand success.


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