Feet, What do I need them for. When I have wings to fly. – Frida Khalo.
The Hyderabad chapter of TED, hosted ‘Its About Time’, a TEDxHyderabadWomen event. The event, which took place at the Franklin Templeton office in the Financial District, witnessed a curated attendance of around one hundred. As the name suggests, the idea behind the event was to provide a perspective on time, and the basic fact that we all have the same time. The same number of hours in a day, the same number of days in a year. How we choose to spend that time, what we choose to do with it; that varies from person to person.The event had three live speakers and a couple of streams from other TED talks. The live speakers were there to spark inspiration; they did that, and so much more. ‘It’s About Time’ started with Padmashree Dr. Manjula Anagani, the celebrated OBGYN in Hyderabad. She talked about breaking gender stereotypes while growing up. Her single minded focus on becoming a surgeon and the personal hurdles she’s had to overcome along the way. Dr. Manjula also briefly brought to light the NGO she has founded, Pratyusha Support: providing medical care to underprivileged women and children suffering from HIV.
The second speaker was Haleem Khan, the Kuchipudi dancer who is well known for his female impersonation during dance recitals. Haleem shared his journey on learning a dance form that was not part of his culture or religion. Knowing that he loved it enough to actually sneak out and learn. The man is funny. Honest, grounded and funny.
The final speaker for the day was Ms. Swati Lakra, an IPS officer and the leader of the SHE teams in Telangana. Ms. Lakra spoke of the SHE initiative and her team’s resolution in making Telangana a safer state for women.The event also had a couple of live streams from other TED events, all in line with the theme of ‘It’s about time.’ The attendees got a first hand experience of Haleem Khan’s performance as a female impressionist. What a treat to the eyes that was! In addition to this, illustrator Rohit Soni created a masterpiece of sorts from the doodles he asked us to draw. I think I blocked out what I drew from my memory!
As it is with these events, the attendees were an interesting mix from various walks of life, everybody agreeing that, It’s about time.
And fly I will, Frida Khalo.