India’s celebrity actress Vidya Balan will soon be seen on the small screen hosting Indian version of TED (echnology, Entertainment, Design) Talk show, a global set of conferences run by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan “Ideas Worth Spreading”.
Quoting a source close to the actor, a report in Mumbai tabloid Mid-Day suggests that “an international production house had approached Vidya to host a Ted Talk show (talk series)”. The report adds that Vidya “liked the concept” and the producers are in the process of identifying a list of celebrities who could be featured on the show.
TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event; the annual conference series began in 1990. TED’s early emphasis was technology and design, consistent with its Silicon Valley origins, but it has since broadened its focus to include talks on many scientific, cultural, and academic topics.
The TED America, in a bid to cater to the Indian market, is said to have contacted Vidya to host the Indian version of the TED talks on television. The channel to air the show is yet to be finalized.
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