He’s the talented young star of MS Dhoni, Kai Po Che and Byomkesh Bakshy – but when Sushant Singh Rajput took the Algebra stage, it was the artless charm with which he spoke of his unlikely journey as an actor, from Bihar boy to Bollywood sweetheart, that had the audience captivated.
It didn’t hurt that Sushant – who, among other things, won the National Physics Olympiad as a young boy, and cleared no less than 11 engineering entrance exams – spoke of things entirely outside the realm of the average Bollywood conversation: quantum physics, cognitive research and behavioural economics, among others.
Clearly, Sushant is not your everyday star, but that didn’t prevent every one of us in the hall sending up a rousing cheer when he got up to dance and demonstrate his famously fluid moves.
Algebra, the Arts & Ideas Club brings together a fellowship of people who believe great cities are built not just on infrastructure but a life of the mind; who understand robust and liberal societies need the oxygen of great conversation and nuanced thinking.
At a time when we are increasingly surrounded by rage and noise, Algebra is a live and continuous space for people to come together for a genuine exchange of ideas and exposure to issues; where new seeds could be sparked, fresh perspectives formed, and intelligent connections made.
Algebra – the Arts and Ideas Club is designed to host almost 35 engagements over the year with topline thinkers and practitioners from almost every discipline that impacts human affairs: politics, economy, environment, spirituality, cinema, medicine, science, technology, music, media, literature, the arts, sports, people’s movements, et al.