Inspiring TED Talks By Nepali Speakers That You Should Not Miss

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is arguably the most popular talk program that enjoys popularity throughout the world. TED summits are conducted in dozens of cities around the world where inspiring people talk about their life experiences. The best thing — all of the videos from these summits are officially released online, making it easy for everyone to listen to these speakers and get motivated from their experiences.

A number of Nepali speakers too have been part of these events and we have handpicked the most inspiring ones for you. Here.

Manisha Koirala

Manisha Koirala is hands down the most successful Nepali actor in Bollywood who was much celebrated in the ’90s and worked with some of the biggest stars and filmmakers. There are dozens of good films that she was an important part of — Mann, Bombay, Dil Se, Kachche Dhaage, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Gupt, Agni Sakshi, 1942: A Love Story and Saudagar being some of them. She also won a number of prestigious awards for her performances including Smita Patil Memorial Award, four Filmfare awards, Star Screen Award and many more. But then, her life took an unexpected turn and a lot of bad things started happening. Her films didn’t work and she couldn’t actually make a comeback she’d hoped for. She got married in 2010; and in 2012, it was over. The same year, in 2012, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer; which she defeated and has been cancer-free since 2015. Things are now looking good for the 46-year-old as she has not only been living a healthy life but also is set to make her silver-screen comeback.

During her TED talk in Jaipur in February this year, Manisha shared her life experiences, ups and downs and also talked about how to be strong when life takes a sharp turn.

Anuradha Koirala

Anuradha Koirala, the founder of Maiti Nepal, who has been fighting human trafficking is one of the most respected social activists in Nepal. The 68-year-old has received a number of international awards including CNN Hero of The Year 2010 and Mother Teresa Award in 2014. She was recently presented with the Padma Shri civilian award in India by president Pranab Muherjee.

In this TED talk video from 2014, Koirala talks about her incredible journey. This event was held in Mumbai.

Pushpa Basnet

The founder of Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) and Butterfly Home, Pushpa Basnet, has been working for the rights of children living behind bars with their incarcerated parents. The CNN Hero of The Year 2012 and CNN Superhero 2016 was an honored speaker in TEDx Mumbai that took place in December 2013. She talked about her journey, the challenges and the achievements.

Dawa Steven Sherpa

Born to a Nepalese Sherpa father and Belgian mother; Dawa Steven Sherapa is a mountaineer, entrepreneur and an activist who has scaled Mt. Everest twice. He runs the world’s highest bakery at Everest base camp. He has also been working to draw attention to the impact of climate change on the Himalayas through his project called Eco Everest Expedition. His efforts related with the environment have been recognized by WWF, Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation in Canada, International Mountaineering & Climbing Federation and the International Union for Conservation of Nature. He had also started a clean up campaign called ‘Cash for Trash’ on Everest.

He was featured in TEDx in Athens, Greece that took place in 2014.

TEDx events take place quite regularly in Nepal as well but for this very feature, we picked the talks that took place outside Nepal.

Do comment below and let us know which one is your favorite TED talk of all time.


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