Four Indian geniuses figure in 'My Brilliant Brain'

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New Delhi, Nov 16 (UNI) Four Indian youngsters will be featured in the new series 'My Brilliant Brain' that was launched by National Geographic Channel today as an initiative to celebrate the power of human mind.

National Award winning actor Konkana Sen Sharma, who presents their stories in the programme 'India's Geniuses', while inaugrating the event said, ''I feel really great to be part of such a wonderful series that has explored the talents on this planet. I wish all of them a beautiful and successful life ahead.'' The series features a 10-year-old boy Siddharth Nagrajan who was just one and a half years old when he first played the 'Dhol' and gave a spell-binding 12-minute solo performance. He has over 1,000 concerts to his credit till date. ''After doing the series, when I first went to my school, both my teachers and friends lifted me up high to congratulate me and even my principal joined them,'' he said.

'My Brilliant Brain', with a rich mix of special effects photography, computer animations and neurological experiments, promises to make viewers re-think their abilities. The series examines three groups of genius to answer questions about human intelligence and so their origin--are these extraordinary abilities genetic, developed or acquired by accident.

Raghav Sachar, who has the famous song 'Hum kis gali ja rahe hain' to his credit, stepped on to the stage while playing melodious tunes on his saxophone. He has already mastered 24 instruments so far and wishes to add more.

Twelve-year-old Nischal Narayanam, from Hyderabad is the youngest Indian to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records for memorising 225 random objects. ''If one has good concentration and focus, along with proper practice and hardwork, then nothing is impossible,'' he said. He has already published six books on mathematical principles and wishes to establish the biggest "memorising" institute where he will teach the techniques.

''Tathagat is my product whom I've programmed on genetical basis,'' said Prof Tulsi Narayan Prasad, father of Tathagat Avatar Tulsi from Bangalore. He completed his masters at the age of 12 and is currently the youngest PhD student of Quantum Physics.

Another part of the series, 'Born Genius', introduces Marc Yu, an amazing seven year old classical concert pianist whose brain seems specifically created for music. Delving deep into the minds of savants, another episode 'Accidental Genius' shares the story of a man who suffered a serious brain injury that released a maniac talent for painting that he had never known. 'Make Me a Genius' profiles Susan Polgar, whose unique education early in childhood shapes a supreme ability to play chess, making her the world's first female chess grand master.

Speaking on the channels's biggest initiative this year, Nikhil Mirchandani, Managing Director, National Geographic Channel, South Asia said, '''My Brilliant Brain' strongly communicates our philosophy of 'Think again'. It celebrates the incredible powers of the human mind providing a wholesome experience to our viewers. With a truly phenomenal line up including a very special from India, we are confident that viewers will appreciate the endeavour.'' Presented by Bajaj Allianz, the series is being promoted on-air, on-ground, on-line and through print, outdoor, radio and sms campaign.

In assosiation with on-ground partners Cafe Coffee Day, they have launched My Brilliant Brain contest at their 250 outlets across 40 cities wherein viewers can have fun with their mind, check their Genius Quotient and win loads of prizes.

The channel has also tied up with the website zapak.com which is packed with lots of mind-tickling features. The highest scorer on the website would win a trip for two to Washington to visit National Geographic Museum.

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