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Best TED videos worth watching, by Indian Speakers

As Internet is growing day by day a lot of new communities are coming into existence but among all of them there is one which is solely dedicated to nurture new ideas and talents from around the world and it is none other than TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design).

At the end of every week I visit TED website to find some new videos and I will not hide that some of the videos are real inspiration for me. In India very few people are aware about TED but what I think is that every one must visit TED websites at-least once a week (especially students), you will find ideas, inspiration packed videos which are going to boost up your thoughts and creativity.


What is TED?

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate “ideas worth spreading”.

TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event and the conference was held annually from 1990 in Monterey, California. TED’s early emphasis was largely technology and design, consistent with a Silicon Valley center of gravity. The events are now held in Long Beach and Palm Springs in the U.S. and in Europe and Asia, offering live streaming of the talks. They address an increasingly wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture. The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, educator Salman Khan, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners. TED’s current curator is the British former computer journalist and magazine publisher Chris Anderson.

From 2005 to 2009, three $100,000 TED Prizes were awarded annually to help its winners realize a chosen wish to change the world. From 2010, in a changed selection process, a single winner is chosen to ensure that TED can maximize its efforts in achieving the winner’s wish. Each winner unveils their wish at the main annual conference.

Since June 2006, the talks have been offered for free viewing online, under a Creative Commons license, through As of November 2011, over 1,050 talks are available free online.By January 2009 they had been viewed 50 million times. In June 2011, the viewing figure stood at more than 500 million, reflecting a still growing global audience.

— Wikipedia


Best Videos by Indian Speakers


Raghava KK: Five lives of an artist

This one is my favorite, in this Raghava KK tells the colorful tale of how art has taken his life to new places, and how life experiences in turn have driven his multiple reincarnations as an artist — from cartoonist to painter, media darling to social outcast, and son to father.



The Indian Design Story- Prof. S. Balaram

An eye opener video for everyone, Prof. S. Balaram is a great story teller and chooses to share the story of Indian Design & identity through the platform of TEDx Deccan (Independent TED event).



Ravin Agrawal: 10 young Indian artists to watch

Collector Ravin Agrawal delivers a glowing introduction to 10 of India’s most exciting young contemporary artists. Working in a variety of media, each draws on their local culture for inspiration.



Alwar Balasubramaniam: Art of substance and absence

Alwar Balasubramaniam’s sculpture plays with time, shape, shadow, perspective: four tricky sensations that can reveal — or conceal — what’s really out there. At TEDIndia, the artist shows slides of his extraordinary installations.



Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop.” In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he’ll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.



Aparna Rao: High-tech art (with a sense of humor)

Artist and TED Fellow Aparna Rao re-imagines the familiar in surprising, often humorous ways. With her collaborator Soren Pors, Rao creates high-tech art installations — a typewriter that sends emails, a camera that tracks you through the room only to make you invisible on screen — that put a playful spin on ordinary objects and interactions.



R.A. Mashelkar: Breakthrough designs for ultra-low-cost products

Engineer RA Mashelkar shares three stories of ultra-low-cost design from India that use bottom-up rethinking, and some clever engineering, to bring expensive products (cars, prosthetics) into the realm of the possible for everyone.



Bunker Roy: Learning from a barefoot movement

In Rajasthan, India, an extraordinary school teaches rural women and men — many of them illiterate — to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages. It’s called the Barefoot College, and its founder, Bunker Roy, explains how it works.



Sugata Mitra’s new experiments in self-teaching

Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.


I hope you will find these videos very helpful. This is not all from TED but there are lot of others if you know any good video worth adding to this feature then please leave a comment below.

About Niteesh Yadav

He is a creative person who likes sketching and designing. He is a self taught graphic designer, illustrator and artist who loves to create new things inspired from his surroundings. # Editor in Chief of Indicreative

  • Shakti Saran

    Hi Niteesh Yadav, You can also include “Sugata Mitra’s new experiments in self-teaching” Best! Shakti Saran

    • Niteesh

      Hello Shakti I have added the video to our feature. Thanks for sharing.