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TEDxKCG - Uma Prajapati - A girl from Bihar who wanted to be a Designer

Uma graduated in 1994 as a Fashion designer from NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, India). She worked in Delhi for 2 years as a designer and afterwards joined Auroville, an international town ship in South India. She founded Upasana ( in 1997 and currently heads many social development projects under Upasana. To name a few - 'Tsunamika' has so far been the most successful and socially fulfilling projects that was aimed as a gesture to provide livelihood to fisherwomen who were affected by the devastating tsunami in 2004. These projects are conceived and executed by Upasana Design Studio that trains women in creating little dolls called 'Tsunamikas'. 'Small Steps', a project founded in 2007, has employed more than 200 women to stitch bags. The bags have spread all across India and all across the world. 'Varanasi Weavers' is another project which seeks to create an empowered weaver society by combining the best of weaving heritage with modern management. The projects are living demonstrations of what is possible when design takes responsibility of servicing people and the planet. Her passion lies in using creative power of design for social change and environmental protection at the grass roots level.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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