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Teach For India is committed to an education that builds an India free of poverty and filled with love. Since 2009, it has been building a movement of leaders who transform the lives of students in the short term, and develop as leaders for educational equity in the long-term – indirectly reaching 50 million children across India.
Its thesis has been that the work of nation-building begins in our classrooms. Identifying the need for Constitutional values in this work, the team embarked on a transformative 18-month journey with 24 students – years behind learning levels and with no previous exposure to the arts – to deepen their understanding of India.
The ensuing product is a Sufi-inspired, Broadway-style musical, The Conference of the Birds. Complemented with its India & I Studies (open-source lesson plans), it aims to accelerate our children’s understanding of their role in building a more kind, free, just and equal India through a reimagined education.
The focus of this session will be a panel discussion with Khushi Chauhan (TFI student alumna and True School of Music), Nimesh “Nimo” Patel (musician and member of Manav Sadhna), Nooraine Fazal (co-founder of Inventure Academy) and Suraj Moraje (founder of Eka Fellowship). The discussion will surface insights into how our nation is built in our classrooms, and ways in which we can raise a generation of children committed to practising the ideals enshrined in the Preamble of our Constitution.
The discussion will be preceded by a soulful musical performance by Bindhumalini. Post the discussion, Nimo Patel and Khushi Chauhan will perform an original song from Teach For India’s upcoming musical, the Conference of the Birds, which premieres on 29-30 July in Bangalore.
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Khushi is a Teach for India Student Alumnus who currently pursuing a Music degree at the True School of Music in Mumbai.
She played the leading roles in Teach for India’s first two musicals – Maya and The Greatest Show on Earth. Being part of the Maya Musical, 11 years ago, shaped her understanding of an excellent education and the role she can play as a student leader in uplifting others around her who might not have had such opportunities.
For the past 18 months, she has been mentoring the students at the Conference of the Birds and working as a Music Instructor. The journey of being a kid and a receiver of similar extraordinary experiences to being an educator on the other side of the circle, has been a very special experience for her.
His music and music videos have traversed the world to over 100 million viewers through MTV, Youtube, Tony Robins Events, the BBC Channel and more. Nimo has shared his heart-felt message in over 20 countries from schools, refugee camps, prisons and beyond.
Through his Non-Profit, Empty Hands Music, he continues to use music and art as an inspiring agent of change.
Nimo is also a member of the Manav Sadhna in Ahmedabad and serves the underprivileged, using the arts and the Gandhian philosophy as a tool of human transformation.
Nooraine is an educationist, sportsperson, entrepreneur and change maker who believes that quality education can empower youth to bring about positive change in India and the world. She conceived, conceptualized and made possible Inventure Academy, now ranked one of India’s Top 3 schools. Nooraine’s vision for education promises robust, lifelong development of the individual. She strongly believes that individuality is to be celebrated; everyone is capable of being a lifelong learner; and everyone has the potential to achieve their life’s ambition, while contributing to making the world a better place.
Suraj Moraje is a business leader and investor. He is also the founder of the Eka Fellowship. He is the former CEO of Quess Corp, a USD 2 billion publicly listed business services company with over 400,000 employees. Suraj previously spent two decades at McKinsey & Company where he played an instrumental role in establishing the Firm’s African Tech Media and Telecom practice, and in transforming the Philippines Office as the Managing Partner for the country. He is a gold medalist in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Surat, and has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. He is a recipient of the IIM Ahmedabad Young Alumni Achiever Award, and a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Suraj lives in Bangalore with his wife and two sons, and is a passionate photographer, gardener, and vinyl collector in his spare time.
Bindhumalini Narayanaswamy is a singer, composer. Bindhu constantly strives to explore avenues outside of her strict classical roots to play with the pure soul stirring power that music has. She has journeyed to various hamlets, villages, cities and countries sharing the songs and poems of various mystic saints of India. She directed music for feature and documentary films in Tamil, Kannada and other languages. She won the National Award and Filmfare Award as Best Singer for the songs she created and sang in the film Nathicharami. Bindhumalini has been expanding her craft, community and repertoire through multidisciplinary collaborations.