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INK Raises the Curtain on Fellows 2013

Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Tuesday, September 03, 2013 — (Business Wire India) — Draws attention from 45 countries and 700 applicants
Young change-makers from around the world to share their inspiring ideas with millions

In his decade-long career, Anand Gandhi has written and directed several critically acclaimed plays, and with equal ease earned the attention of soap opera viewers with his compelling screen plays. Undoubtedly Gandhi, who recently won international accolades for first feature-length film, Ship of Theseus, is one of the most versatile filmmakers and screenwriters in recent times.

Fourth Edition of the Fellows program witnesses 700 applications from 45 countries
Experts from various fields helped select the final group of INK Fellows
Fellows to speak at INK Conference in association with TED in Kochi in October
INK will also foster their personal and creative development and provide mentorship support

Imagine a future in which we are able to augment a human’s ability to diagnose illness, by adding sensors such as ultrasound probes that are be able to integrate data and provide real-time assessment of heart valve abnormalities, abdominal pain, and much more without having to go to a medical facility? This may soon become a reality as Israeli bioengineer Elishai Ezra works on this novel technology.

India is one of the leading tea producers in the world. However, there is not a single global tea brand with Indian roots. Almost all our quality teas are exported, repackaged under top brands and made available to us at retail shelves at approximately 10 times the price. To break this vicious circle, Snigdha Manchanda’s Tea Trunk works with both producers and consumers of quality tea in India. It interacts with consumers through initiatives like tea appreciation workshops for advocacy and builds awareness on the benefits of good quality tea. Snigdha is working on consolidating Indian expertise in tea growing, curing and cultivation with local tea estates and governments, and starting a much-needed Indian tea school.

Picture this: a tribe that lives daily with mummified dead bodies! Kelli Swazey from Indonesia, an anthropologist and specialist on South East Asian religions, has investigated how Torajan tribesmen spend their entire lives preparing for their deaths.

In recognition of their path-breaking work, Anand, Snigdha, Elishai and Kelli along with 20 other young individuals from countries such as India, China, Hungary, United States, and Nepal have been selected by INK, a physical and digital platform for sharing innovative ideas, for the Fellows Program 2013.

The Fellows will get an opportunity to share the stage with eminent speakers and showcase their compelling work to a global audience at INK’s flagship annual event, the INK Conference in association with TED, which is to be held in Kochi between 25th and 27th October, 2013, as well as at INK Live 2013, a live streaming of the conference for college students and young professionals. INK will also foster their personal and creative development and provide mentorship support, besides helping them gain access to funding and other opportunities.

“We are thrilled to bring on board this immensely talented and multi-faceted group of Fellows for the year 2013. These youngsters have already done such incredible work in their respective fields, and INK will offer them meaningful support to really take things to the next level”, said Lakshmi Pratury – founder, host and curator of INK.

Eminent multi-disciplinary artist Raghava KK, who is serving as Chair of the Fellows Program for the year 2013, added: “It’s been so exciting to chair the program this year. I was so overwhelmed by the quality of applicants. Choosing the final group was not at all an easy task.”

A detailed list of the Fellows and their innovations can be viewed on

About INKTalks

INK first burst onto the scene in 2010, a year after founder Lakshmi Pratury brought the influential TED Conference to India. Since then, the INK Conference has annually convened a multi-disciplinary gathering. Speakers have included household names like film director James Cameron, new-age guru Deepak Chopra, first space tourist Anousheh Ansari and Simpson’s creator Matt Groening, as well as many others who are quietly making a difference in their respective fields.

The unique stories that inspire and create today’s leading thinkers take center stage at INK, acting as a medium to express thoughts and turn imagination into impact. INK pushes the geographic boundaries of nation-states, encouraging a network of connections worldwide – striving for intellectual renewal and inspiration on a global scale.

All the talks can be viewed at

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