The first edition of India Today Conclave South promises to be a power-packed one with chief ministers and top ministers from the south, legends of cinema and southern heartthrobs—all on one platform.The two-day conclave, scheduledon January 9-10, 2017, will be held at ITC Grand Chola. The event will explore areas of politics, business, art, culture, and sports.
With insightful sessions, networking lunches, and gala dinners with politicians, business leaders, movie stars and others, the conclave proposes to push forward the potential of the southern states in India and portray their successes and indispensible role in nation building. As a forum, the conclave aspires to unite the common voice of these states and push their causes to promote culture, polity, entertainment, and investment growth in line with the socio-economic development agendas of such states as well as the Centre.
The conclave will be inaugurated by VK Sasikala, General Secretary, AIADMK, by lighting a lamp. She will also launch a photographic tribute to the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. The line-up of guests will include O Paneerselvam, Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu; Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister, Kerala; Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister, Karnataka; N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh; and V Narayanasamy, Chief Minister, Puducherry.
Other political leaders include M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information and Broadcasting; K Pandiarajan, Minister for School and Sports and Youth Welfare, Tamil Nadu; Dr. Palanivel Thiagarajan, DMK MLA, Madurai Central (DMK); Jairam Ramesh, Rajya Sabha MP, former Union Minister, economist; Oommen Chandy, former Chief Minister of Kerala; Dr. Ambumani Ramadoss, Lok Sabha MP, former Union Minister; MK Stalin, former Deputy Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu; RV Deshpande, Minister for Large and Medium Industries and Infrastructure Development, Karnataka; Thiru MC Sampath, Minister for Industries, Tamil Nadu; MM Pallam Raju, Former Union Minister; Priyank M Kharge, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Information Technology and Tourism, Karnataka; and Kadakampilly Surendran, Minister for Cooperation, Tourism and Devaswoms, Kerala.
The stars speaking at the event include Kamal Haasan, Tamannaah Bhatia, Amyra Dastur, Shriya Saran, and Manju Warrier. Other celebrity speakers include singer Benny Dayal, playback singerChinmayi Sripada, retired Indian Police Service officer, social activist, and current Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi, and actor and activist Khushboo Sundar.