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February-2014 Speakers

P R JAYASHREE
Co Founder & COO - NextWave Multimedia Pvt. Ltd.

A Digital Media professional with over 2 decades experience Mrs. P R Jayashree, is the Co-founder and Director of Nextwave Multimedia Pvt. Ltd.

Mrs. Jayashree started her career as a 3D Animator and worked for a few years before making the transition to become an entrepreneur. She co-founded Nextwave Multimedia in 1997 which has now grown into a ‘Mobile Gaming & Apps. Product Company’ with 70+ employees. She has handled several roles in the company as an animator, services team leader, client servicing, and international business development. She now heads the Operations & Client Interactions.

The apps and games developed by Nextwave Multimedia won 7 awards; three global awards and four national awards.

She is a Post Graduate in Public Administration from the Madras University and an Alumni of Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai.

She is an active sportsperson, loves swimming and rowing, participated in World Masters Rowing Championship in Canada in 2010, won a gold medal in double scull event at the ARAE/FEARA championship held in Colombo, Sri Lanka 2011.

Played Basketball since her school / college days and started to play the game again recently for a Masters tournament.

Jayashree is married and has a 15year old son.

Aathira Krishnan
Violinist - Youth Icon of India

Aathira is an internationally acclaimed prodigy violinist Youth Icon of India .Known as the ‘New Queen Of Indian Classical Violin’[CNN-IBN] , she first performed as Carnatic Violin Soloist when she was nine. She is among the youngest Cultural Ambassadors of India taking the rich Indian classical music tradition to the nooks and corners of the world through her violin solo concerts and lec-dems. A National Awardee at the age of 13 years,  Aathira  has been elected as ‘Youth Icon of India’ by leading media surveys by CNN-IBN ,Times oFIndia, The Week, Verve Magazine, India Today etc.

Aathira has the rare honour to be invited twice to perform at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Official Residence of the President of India, before two former Presidents of India, Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam and K.R.Narayan.

Aathira was specially invited to perform for the Birthday celebrations of Former President of India His Excellency Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam  at Rashtrapathi Bhavan ,where Honorable President  remarked Aathira’s concert as the “Best Birthday Present he ever received”.

Aathira is known for her divinely haunting musical improvisation blented with supreme control of violin  that made the Legend Dr. M.Balamuralikrishna’s remark”Aathira is a born violinist” and later honor her with the VIOLIN QUEEN Title.

For Aathira’s sterling contribution in the field of Indian Classical Music ,CNN-IBN honored Aathira with the prestigious CNN-IBN YOUNG INDIAN LEADER   2012 Award. She is the first Musician of India to be decorated with this distinction.

In2014 Aathira added one more feather in her cap  -by being elected as “TOP YOUNG ACHIEVER  IN ARTS & CULTURE”  by FORBES MAGAZINE.

Hailed as haunting,breath taking and soulstirring  ,Aathira’s versatility on violin made none other than Bharath Ratna Ustad .Bismillah Khan rave   “ in her nimble  fingers ,Indian Classical Music will reach greater heights in the years to come..”

Rare Recognitions of Aathira   include YOUTH EXCELLENCE AWARD from Indian Music Academy conferred by  Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, outstanding credentials include NATIONAL AWARD FOR CREATIVE MUSICIAN at the age of 13 from First lady of India.Smt.Usha Nararyanan.,

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD 2004 for her unique 32 hr long  non-stop violin concert dedicated to global peace and harmony.,
NATIONAL LIMCA RECORD 2005,
PRINCESS OF STRINGS AWARD –Rotasia World Conference 2006,
INDIAN MUSIC ACADEMY AWARD From A.P.J.ABDUL KALAM 2008,
INFOSYS ACHIEVER AWARD 2007,
YUVA KALA BHARATHI AWARD 2009,
VIOLIN QUEEN title From Legend DR.M.BALAMURALIKRISHNA,
MUSICAL GEM OF INDIA Title  by First Lady of india 2002 ,
BEST FEMALE ACHIEVERS OF INDIA by Times of India 2010,
YOUTH ICON OF INDIA by THE WEEK2006,
TOP TEN PERFORMER OF CHENNAI by INDIA TODAY 2010,
TIE-ASPIRE AWARD FOR NATIONAL HEROES 2010,
YOUTH ICON OF INDIA ‘VERVE MAGAZINE’ 2011,
Title of THANTHRI NADHA MANIfrom Kanchi Shankaracharya 2011
YUVA KALA PURASKAR from Art and Cultural Movement of India 2006,
Selected as an Inspiring Achiever for the International Ted Talk 2011
Maharajapuram Vishwanatha Iyer Memorial Youth Excellence Award 2013

Athira who had the rare honor of being invited twice to perform at the  Rashtrapati Bhavan –the Official Residence of President of India, has enthralled audiences across the world including performances for prestigious International Music Festivals in India and abroad including Russia, Muscat, Doha, MiddleEast ,Germany, Behrin, Kirgiztan,  Singapore,  Kazakhstan  etc.

Athira became the First Indian Classical Musician ever to perform at the famed 1000 year old church at KAISERWERTH ,Germany and also in the prestigious International Music Festival of Germany ‘Jazz Meets Classics’ in 2005.

Aathira made history by playing classical music in violin continuosly for 32 hours and her incessant music  brought her the famed GUINNESS WORLD RECORD at  15yrs!.   

She was specially invited to present a Lecture Demonstration on the topic “The Art of Violin Playing in South Indian Classical Music” at the famed International Music Festival ,RUSSIA AT THE TENDER AGE OF 13 yrs.

She is equally adept at handling Indian and Western classical nuances of the violin.Aathira is known for her stunningly soulstirring Classical violin Concerts as well as her breath taking fusions . Aathira is the granddaughter of yesteryear music exponent  Sangeetha Vidwan Gopala Pillai Bhagavathar  ,and the daughter of K.C.Krishna Pillai  and S.Leela Kurup.

QUOTES BY LEGENDS :
“Aathira is a born violinist “  -Legend Dr.M.Balamurali Krishna

“Mesmerising Music ,blessed hands..“ –President Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam

Sindhuja Rajamaran
CEO - Seppan Entertainment

It is no animation but a real life story of a teenage girl who sits in the chair of a chief executive officer at the age of 17 and holds the Guinness World Record for becoming the youngest CEO in India.

Meet 17-year-old, Sindhuja Rajamaran, who became the youngest CEO, of a Chennai-based animation company called Seppan, at the age of 14 in India.

When girls of her age would go to school, study at home and spend time on social networking sites, she would be seen working from 9am to 6pm, busy taking meetings with colleagues, taking tough decisions to raise the profitability of her company.

Surprisingly, Sindhuja's journey from an ordinary school girl to the CEO of a company started when she was
around 10.

Born into a family of overachievers (her dad is the first digital caricaturist in Tamil Nadu and her younger sister is the youngest Indian to write haiku in India), Sindhuja holds a Guinness World Record for becoming the youngest CEO of a Chennai-based animation company called Seppan setup by the IT opensource company Tenth Planet Technologies.

From making short films on issues like global warming and tuberculosis to designing a greeting card for US president Barack Obama, Sindhuja Rajamaran sure has achieved a lot. She has worked on all kinds of software - Flash, Photoshop, Corel Painter, After Effects and Maya. Today, this girl heads a team of 18 to 25-year-olds, making ready made commercials at Vnagar .


Shruti Ravindran
Young Entreprenuer Creative Director - Adhvik Solutions

Colours, patterns and fabric were the only things that Shruti dreamt of from her childhood. An engineer by education, Shruti finally chose to pursue her interest, fashion. Her aunt, Prabha Narasimhan enhanced & honed her interest/skills by taking her into her leading bespoke clothing unit “Amrita”

With just 2 ½ years of work experience, she started her own wedding planning, ‘Vida Wedding Planners’ and her styling service, ‘So Diva’, in 2013. Wedding planning and personal makeover has boomed in the recent years and with all the biggest brands entering India indicates a promising need for such services. She has done a couple of weddings and styles for both; photo-shoots (for leading sari brands) and individual bridal makeovers. Her services include all the nuances of wedding planning right from choosing the invitation to the return gifts. Shruti also offers personal shopping services be it a bride or for someone who wants to revamp their wardrobe.

Shruti is in the process of becoming a certified fashion stylist from Image Consulting Business Institute, Chennai.
She was recently featured on the cover of the Tamil magazine, Mangayar Malar for launching an ‘affordable’ wedding planning service at such young age.


About Dark is Beautiful

Dark is Beautiful is an awareness campaign that seeks to draw attention to the unjust effects of skin color bias as well as to celebrate the beauty and diversity of all skin tones.

Launched in 2009 by Women of Worth, the campaign challenges the belief that the value and beauty of a person is determined by the fairness of their skin. This belief—shaped by societal attitudes and reinforced by media messages—is corroding the self-worth of countless girls and women.



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