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Founder, ACE Productions
Co Founder & Chairman Aarin Capital, Chief Advisor Manipal Education & Medical Group
Fashion stylist & Choreographer
Teacher, Actor & Director
Co-Author & Chief Alarmist, The Human Alarm Clock & Co.

Date & Time

Monday Mon, 30 May 2022


Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Throughout history, the greatest cultures of the world were noted for flourishing simultaneously in arts, science and business. It was also a time of great communities of critical thinkers that interwove all three fields, with less judgement and more learning. Over time, critical thinking has died down, and instead, nations of followers now pursue those perceived in power (from family, society, religion to social media and celebrities today). This has led to social norms being adhered to, without any question of whether they are fit for our times.

Alyque Padamsee was an icon who straddled the theatre and advertising worlds. He had a unique way of questioning the world and has brought this method of critical thinking to life through his book, Let Me Hijack Your Mind. This session explores the ideas laid out in Let Me Hijack Your Mind, in which Alyque Padamsee’s provocative thinking is captured. The book is co-authored by Vandana Saxena Poria, OBE who will lead the session.

After an introduction by Raell Padamsee, the panelists who cut across the very heart of Business as well as the Arts, will discuss some of the ideas from the book and how they can ignite a new culture of questioning. They will look at what the Arts teaches people and how they have brought those skills into the workspace. They will also discuss the value of critical thinking through exposure to different people, situations and experiences.

The session also reflects on how COVID gave people time to reassess and decide what was important to them, seeing beyond the social norms. So is it time to bring back critical thinking, to help us redefine the meaning of success for ourselves? And in so doing, empower ourselves to succeed?

The audience will be able to participate in the discussion through polls and see if their thinking has changed on social norms that have been with us for a long, long time. For example:

  • Should marriage change to a renewable 5 year licence, to bring in aliveness?
  • Should education become edutainment to ensure lifelong learning?
  • What should your title at work really be?  From CEO to C?O to create flourishing in the workplace




Raell Padamsee

Founder, ACE Productions

Raell Padamsee is the CEO and Managing Director of ACE Productions and Numero Uno Productions. Managing Trustee of the CREATE Foundation and President of the Theatre Group, Mumbai. Raell is the daughter of advertising legend Alyque Padamsee and theatre & film veteran Pearl Padamsee. She is a vibrant, versatile, dynamic well-known Indian theatre personality.

At the age of 15 she acted in her 1st play, at 16 she directed her 1st play and at 19 she produced her 1st play. By the time she was 21, she had started her very own production company – ACE Productions. Today, ACE Productions, along with Numero Uno are some of the leading names in English Theatre Production, Exclusive Entertainment Shows, Speech and Drama courses, Corporate Grooming and more. ACE is also closely associated with the renowned Lee Strasberg Institute for theatre and film, New York.

Raell founded the CREATE Foundation in loving memory of her mother, which meets the need for soft skill education and self-empowerment amongst children and young adults in low income and underprivileged sectors of society. She is happiest when she’s directing, producing and running her CREATE Foundation.

TV Mohandas Pai

Co Founder & Chairman Aarin Capital, Chief Advisor Manipal Education & Medical Group

TV Mohandas Pai has served in the areas of finance, accounting, information technology, human resources, education, corporate governance, social impact innovation, environmental conservation, policy formulation, heritage preservation, philanthropy, and the venture and startup ecosystem, over a career spanning 37 years.

Mohan is currently the Chairman of Aarin Capital, Chairman of Manipal Global Education, Member of the Boards of Havells India and the Institute of Public Enterprises, Member of the Board of Governors of the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), Governing Council Member of the Centre for Advanced Financial Research and Learning (CAFRAL) promoted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Chairman of the Regulatory and Financial Technology Committee of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”), Chairman of the SEBI Primary Markets Advisory Committee (“PMAC”).

He was awarded the Padma Shri award by the President of India in 2015 and the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award in 2008.

Mohan was previously a Board Member and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Infosys over a span of 17 years, an Investment Committee Member of the SIDBI India Aspiration Fund and the INR 10,000 Cr (USD 1.8 Billion) India Fund of Funds, a Board Member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”), a Member of the Board of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) of India and the Ascendas Property Fund – the Trustee-Manager of Ascendas India Trust, Trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) Foundation, Chairman of the FICCI Skills Committee and Higher Education Committee, President of the All India Management Association (AIMA), and Founder-Trustee of the Akshaya Patra Foundation.

Mohan holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce as a University Rank Holder from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore, a bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) from Bangalore University, and is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India as an All-India Rank Holder. He is based in Bangalore, India.

Prasad Bidappa

Fashion stylist & Choreographer

Prasad Bidappa is a fashion industry veteran with four decades of being in the eye of the storm. Prasad runs an event management firm that specialises in fashion shows & promotions. He particularly enjoys working with heritage Indian textiles and his work in Rajasthan, Karnataka & many other states resulted in a major rediscovery of Indian textiles which revived the fortunes of hundreds of weavers, artisans & craftsmen. His most recent shows were with the weavers of Benares whose work he showcased in both traditional & modern idioms. He met his wife Judith when they were both cast in a stage production of Ira Levin’s murder mystery Veronica’s Room. They live in Bangalore on a farm with ten dogs and three cats, one of whom is an infrequent visitor. 

Judith Roby Bidappa

Teacher, Actor & Director

Judith Roby Bidappa is Alyque Padamsee’s niece by marriage, as her father Paul & Alyque’s wife Pearl were first cousins. Part of the shrinking Jewish population in India, they enjoyed a shared history and ancestry. Judith was a geography teacher in an earlier avatar, till she rediscovered her passion for riding and equestrian events. She ran the Embassy Riding School in Bangalore for many years. Another passion of Judith’s was theater, and she is considered to be one of the finest stage artists of her generation. From Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams, from Girish Karnad to Ira Levin, Judith has walked the boards for some of theatres greatest playwrights. She has also directed musical extravaganzas like Cats, Starlight Express & Joseph & the amazing technicoloured dreamcoat in Bangalore. She rescues abandoned dogs, and currently has 5 Indie’s and 5 Pekingese in her menagerie. 

Vandana Saxena Poria

Co-Author & Chief Alarmist, The Human Alarm Clock & Co.

Vandana Saxena Poria, the co-author of this book, is an OBE and top 100 UK-India influencer.  Vandana is known as the ‘Human Alarm Clock’, due to her disruptive thinking which ignites people into action. She has extensive experience in translating academic and industry texts into digestible stories and training exercises for corporates globally. Clients include Tata Son, PhonePe and ICAEW.  Vandana spent three years collaborating with Alyque on this book prior to his death.