10 year old girl from Pune becomes the youngest Indian to speak in TEDx

Ishita Katyal, a 10 year old girl has made India proud by becoming the youngest Indian to speak at a TEDx event in Pune.

At the tender age of 10, Ishita is an author, a public speaker, an avid reader who loves the works of Ruskin Bond, a dancer, a singer and also a basketball player in her free time!

Ishita mesmerised the audience with her four minute long talk What do you Want to be Now’. Her talk challenged the system which thinks that children aren’t mature enough to make a difference.


She spoke her heart out so as to inspire many other children follow their dreams, irrespective of their age. Besides, Ishita has been achieving extraordinary things since a very young age.

Ishita realised at the tender age of 8 about her passion for writing and also has penned a book called ‘Simran’s Diary’.


This young speaker’s journey with TEDx started in 2013 when she visited an event organized by TEDx Pune. She loved the event so much that she immediately contacted the organisers to be part of the team. Her passion towards the event won everyone’s heart and she was given the permission to organize TEDx Youth@Balewadi, becoming the youngest person to conduct such event at an age of eight.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences run by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan “Ideas Worth Spreading”.