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Guitarist Prasanna Speech At TEDx Chennai

Posted by Shan I 11 October, 2010 archives 

The TEDx Chennai was organized at IC&SR Auditorium, IIT Madras, Chennai. Guitarist Prasanna was the second speaker of the event. Mr. Kiruba Shankar the curator of TEDx Chennai gave a short introduction about the guitarist Mr. Prasanna and then invited to deliver a speech. Guitarist Prasanna thanked Kiruba Shankar for the invitation and said he was really excited on seeing the speakers of TEDx Chennai.

The world renowned celebrity as he walked to the stage looked very calm and Professionalist. But the reason for the calmness was not only because of his traits, but also because of his dedicated assignments on ‘Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music’. During his speech he expressed about the sleepless assignments with SAM faculties and students. He had slept only after 5.00 a.m. for the past three weeks. Speaking on TEDx Chennai he told that he was invited to TED events. As he stood on the stage and delivered the speech he recalled the days when he studied at IIT, Chennai in the year 1992.

Prasanna appreciated the theme for the event ‘Do’ and stressed on the importance of using active verbs in conversations. He cited the non English speaking countries approach of speaking. Best explanation for complex things can be given only in simple words. It took months for him to select the title to his album ‘Be The Change’. So that everyone would admire and appreciate the albums simplicity and its title. Prasanna believes in Mahathma’s words but also took the essence for naming his album “You must be the change you wish to see in this world”.

Music College Turned Realistic – SAM

When he came across the idea of starting a Music college in India, there were so many oppositions from within his own mind. He had other questions like what kind of music to be taught, whom to be targeted, etc. He decided to share the idea with Mr. GRK Reddy, promoter of MARG group, five hour discussion. Mr Reddy and was very receptive to his  Music Academy Idea and  turned into a reality.

Excerpts from Prasanna speech

  • If you are a musician, don’t just be a musician.
  • Your first primal function is to enrich the humanity.
  • All of us have our own way of leaving a legacy behind.
  • Build a community around ourselves.
  • Think, share and realize.

The entire event was streamed live on and was also live updated on Facebook, twitter and blog posts.

Guitarist Prasanna’s solo number with his guitar enthralled the TEDx Chennai Audience.

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