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TEDxSIBMBangalore - Dr. Benny Prasad - Challenging The Conventional

TEDxSIBMBangalore Theme - Challenging The Conventional Dr. Benny Prasad, "The Fastest to travel to every country in the shortest time." He is 34, A Solo Guitar Instrumentalist, has traveled to 194 Sovereign Countries, 50 Dependent Countries & Antarctica thus 245 countries, 7 Continents in 6 years, 6 months & 22 days (whoa!!!) - setting the WORLD RECORD fastest to visit 245 countries, given by World Record Academy (USA).Born on 6th August 1975, Benny was the first of his generation in the family. His birth was celebrated with the highest of hopes for his future. But his was not a promising start - HE SUFFERED FROM SEVERE ASTHMA which required him to take cortisone steroids from which he DEVELOPED RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, 60 % LUNG DAMAGE AND AN IMMUNE SYSTEM REGULARLY FAILING HIM, which threatens his life even to this day.His parents believed that these terrible early difficulties would only make his success all the more blessed and honorable. He was expected to excel in his studies, to set an example for his younger brother and sisters. He struggles to live up to such pressures, his father a highly regarded scientist at the National Aerospace Laboratories, spent a lot of time trying to drill mathematics and science into Benny but in vain.From being the shame of his family, he went on to being their pride. God's power brought the most powerful change in Benny's life. Before this transition he had displayed no interest or ability in music. But from that moment to the present, he has performed before PRESIDENTS AND PARLIAMENTS, BEFORE THE CROWDS OF 2007 MILITARY WORLD GAMES, 2006 FIFA WORLD CUP AND THE 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES. He has TRAVELED TO MORE THAN 218 COUNTRIES (MARCH 2008) performing music, earning him the honor of being THE MOST TRAVELED INDIAN MUSICIAN (LIMCA BOOK OF RECORDS). Where he had once been a destroyer of creativity, he has won renown by designing two guitars (THE WORLD'S FIRST BONGO GUITAR AND A 54 STRING GUITAR, THE BENTAR). Today, through his music, Benny brings the Hope in God to thousands of people, traveling to 40 - 50 countries every year. Benny says, "If I could be made useful, any one in this world can. If my dreams can come true, yours can too. My sin and shame has been exchanged for righteousness and new life by the ALMIGHTY GOD WHO DIED TO SET ME FREE. For those with no hope, there is more to life than what today holds. I thank God that I did not end my life but rather chose to live through shame and failure so that today I'm able to be a blessing to the World. Remember, you are never too bad or sinful for God to redeem and transform."About TEDx, x = independently organized eventIn 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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