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Namaste 2020: Global Utsava of Indian Soft Power


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Sat 05 Sep 2020

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Namaste 2020: Global Utsava of Indian Soft Power

Mind Body  Connect

September 05, 2020, Saturday | 07:00 - 08:30 PM IST

India has been at the forefront of marketing sport, revolutionizing an already popular game like cricket to
millions around the world through IPL and taking a very traditional game like Kabbadi to new audiences.
Appealing to both the players and audiences the new formats have made the experience of watching sport as
exciting as playing it.

Special Guest:

  • H E Shri. K J Srinivasa, High Commissioner of India to Guyana

Chair: Shri. Charu Sharma, Founder-President Pro-Kabaddi (India) – Sports Diplomacy


  • Shri. Raj Kapoor, Co-founder, Northern Motorsports – Destination Desert Storm
  • Ms. Gosia Rdest, Project Coordinator, Women in Motorsport, FIA (Poland) – Motorsports in India
  • Shri. Ajey Patil, Scuba-Diving Instructor, India, Destination India for Scuba Diving
  • Shri. RB Ramesh, Chess Arbiter, Author and Coach- Chaturanga to Chess
  • Ms. Aparna Popat,  Award-Winning Badminton Champion - Badminton in the World Stadia
  • Mr. Sanjeeva Singh, Award-Winning Archer - Archery in India

H E Shri. K J Srinivasa

High Commissioner of India to Guyana

Dr. K. J. Srinivasa is the High Commissioner of India to Guyana, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis, Consul General of India to Anguilla and Ambassador of India to CARICOM Secretariat, High Commission of India, Georgetown, Guyana.


Shri. Charu Sharma

Founder-President Pro-Kabaddi (India)

Shri. Charu Sharma started his sports casting career in 1982 at the IX Asian Games for the National Network of India. Through Mashal Sports Pvt. Ltd he founded and conducted India’s biggest and most successful sporting revolution – the Pro Kabaddi League. The inaugural edition of 2014 drew global attention and pole vaulted Kabaddi into becoming India’s second most watched sport.


Shri. Raj Kapoor

Co-founder, Northern Motorsports

Raj Kapoor is the Co-founder of Northern Motorsport, co-founder Xtreme Sports Foundation, COO at Performance Vehicles Oganisation Ltd. He has been involved in building performing cars since 1990.


Ms. Gosia Rdest

Project Coordinator

Ms. Gosia Rdest is a race car driver. She has also participated in motorsports in India and is currently the Project coordinator for FIA Women in Motorsports (Federation India Automobile). She competes in the W series.


Shri. Ajey Patil

Scuba-Diving Instructor

Shri. Ajey Patil is a marine engineer, naturalist, SSI and PADI certified dive instructor. With 15 years of diving and teaching experience in Thailand, Lakshadweep and the Andaman Islands, Ajey chose Goa as his base because of its perfect blend of pristine landscape, vibrant culture and the fact that Goa offers the easiest access to diving in India. After three spectacular years of diving in the Andamans, he decided to set up his own dive center. He started Dive Goa in 2006. Twenty years of teaching scuba diving and many thousands of dives later, he has seen the dive industry in India grow and change.


Shri. R B Ramesh

Chess Arbiter, Author and Coach- Chaturanga to Chess

Shri. RB Ramesh is an Indian chess grandmaster from Chennai who won the 2002 British Championship and 2007 Commonwealth Championship. He started Chess Gurukul, Chess Academy in Chennai to train young aspiring players in 2008.


Ms. Aparna Popat

Award-Winning Badminton Champion

Ms. Aparna Popat was India's National Champion for a record equalling nine times when she won all the senior national championships between 1997 and 2006. She has always played with dignity and shown class since a young age. She was the face of Badminton in India during her stellar career of 17 years. She was trained under Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy and also under coach Gangula Prasad.


Mr. Sanjeeva Singh

Award-Winning Archer

Sanjeeva Kumar Singh is an Indian Archery coach from Jharkhand and is the Chief at Tata Football Academy and Sports at Tata Steel. A recipient of Arjuna Award and Dronacharya Award from the Govt of India, Sanjeeva has won many a laurels for India at various International Sports Meet. He has won a Gold medal at Federation Cup International Meet. In 2020,, he has helped the Ministry of Sports and Sports Authority of India to conduct Online Coaches Education Program in the capacity of Program Director