The Finest Minds.

On Things That Matter.

2nd to 4th 
October, 2020



Audience at Manthan Samvaad 2019

Manthan Samvaad 2020 - 3 Days, The Finest Speakers

On October 2, every year since 2013, the finest minds come to deliver talks on things that matter. This is a festival of thoughts and ideas! 

This year too is bound to be both exciting and stimulating. Do not miss it.

Manthan Samvaad 2020 will be online and free so you  can participate from your own homes, and from wherever you are in the world.

DAY 1 : OCTOBER 2, FRIDAY, 10 am to 1 pm

Pratap Bhanu Mehta
"The Crisis of Democracy in India"
Mridula Mukherjee
"Gandhi-Nehru-Patel: Unity in Diversity "
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Robi's Garden

A collection of delightful stories from Rabindranath Tagore

Dramatically presented by Bangalore Little Theatre

Vijay Padaki
Minti Jain
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DAY 2 : OCTOBER 3, SATURDAY, 10 am to 1 pm

Navdeep Suri
"Why did the kangaroo punch the dragon and other fables"
Rathin Roy
"The Economy: Looking Back, Looking Ahead"
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Poetry of Resistance

 Poetry of resistance recited by some of India's finest poets

Gauhar Raza
Anshu Malviya
Hussain Hydari
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DAY 3 : OCTOBER 4, SUNDAY, 10 am to 1 pm

T M Krishna
"Just Music"
Justice Gautam Patel
"Justice is what Justice does"
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Laughing at Others (and Ourselves)

Why is it important to laugh? At others and at oneself.

Gautam Pemmaraju
Anu Menon
Danish Husain
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About Manthan

Manthan is a forum to promote public discourse. It aims to promote vibrant, meaningful, intelligent conversations in many ways. It is one-of-its-kind initiative in the country which aims to engage citizens from all walks of life.

In 15 years, since 2005, it has hosted 325+ talks by Thought Leaders from across the world, on the widest variety of subjects. Countless debates happen daily on all kinds of issues. Manthan is apolitical, non-partisan, and a voluntary initiative. It has over 50,000 opt-in members.


All events of Manthan, including Manthan Samvaad, are free to participate by anyone without payment of any kind. Manthan does not charge a membership fee.

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Previous Speakers

Manthan Samvaad Speakers from Previous Years
Shashi Tharoor
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Ravish Kumar
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Bezwada Wilson
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Mallika Sarabhai
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Kanhaiya Kumar
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Josy Joseph
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Kalpana Kannabiran
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T M Krishna
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Pramath Raj Sinha
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Aakar Patel
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Arun Shourie
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Srinath Raghavan
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Tejal Kanitkar
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Amit Chandra
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Justice A P Shah
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Sucheta Mahajan
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Manthan, I believe, is one of the finest civil society organizations which we probably have anywhere in the country.


Manthan is a distinctive and impressive platform. I have not come across anything like this in India. It is quite unbelievable that Manthan has built such a following and sustained it. I hope Manthan becomes a movement across our country.


What an event! And what a privilege!


What a great experience Manthan Samvaad was!  This event puts many of the New Delhi ' conclaves' to 'shame'.


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