Motivational Speakers with Unconventional Backgrounds

Motivational Speakers with Unconventional Backgrounds

Keynote speakers inspiring the world with their unique life stories and unwavering spirit

There are some people who are born great, then there are some who achieve greatness, and looking at these inspiring people, it is hard to fit them in one of these statements since their talents call for the former and their life journeys scream for the latter. They have faced unique circumstances but those situations only made them stronger and have made them who they are, and while they cannot be any better than this, they are also making the world a better place and we certainly have a lot to learn from them.

Here so some of the most inspiring Indians with unconventional backgrounds who have achieved greatness with nothing but their sheer persistence and hard work-

1. Arunachalam Muruganantham

Arunachalam Muruganantham better known as the padman of India, is a social entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu. He is the inventor of the low-cost sanitary pad-making machine and is credited for innovating grassroots mechanisms for generating awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India. He was a part of the movie Period. End of Sentence which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) in 2018. The movie, Padman starring Akshay Kumar is also based on his life. He has given speeches at many institutions including IIT Bombay, IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Madras, IIM Bangalore, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani – Goa Campus and Harvard University. He has also given a TED talk. His life story is truly inspirational and something to learn from.

2. Srikanth Bolla


Srikanth Bolla is a young CEO who has built a company named Bollant Industries worth £48m. He is the first international blind student in Management Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been awarded numerous distinguished awards for his work including the Young Global Leaders 2021, Entrepreneur of the Year by One Young World in 2019 and many more. His inspiring life is also going to be soon turned into a movie where Rajkummar Rao will play his role.

3. Bhavesh Bhatia

Dr. Bhavesh Bhatia is a visually disabled athlete, entrepreneur, author and founder of Sunrise Candles, based in Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra. He has been participating in Paralympic category of games and has won various medals. He is also a famous motivational speaker and mentor, who has inspired many with his words and his journey to greatness around the world.

4. Laxmi Agarwal

Laxmi Agarwal is a woman who has showed the world that your courage had no limitations. She is an Indian campaigner and and an acid attack survivor who speaks for the rights of acid attack victims. Laxmi Agarwal was attacked in 2005 in New Delhi at the age of 15. Her life journey has also been converted into a movie, titled Chhapaak starring Deepika Padukone. Her journey of fearlessness and resilience teaches is something to learn from.

5. Anand Kumar

Anand Kumar has a unique tale to tell and that happens to be about his own self. He is an Indian mathematics educator best known for his Super 30 programme, which he started in 2002 in Bihar. He has been coaching underprivileged students for JEE- Main & JEE-Advanced and the entrance examination for the IITs. He has spoken at MIT and Harvard about his programs for students and his work has also been showcased by Discovery Channel in a documentary. His story has also been portrayed by Hrithik Roshan in the movie Super 30.

6. Mansukhbhai Prajapati

Mansukhbhai Prajapati is a small-town man who is known for innovative clay-based products, which is an attempt towards connecting mankind more irrevocably with clay and soil. He is a successful entrepreneur who relished the idea of modernizing the knowledge that the craftsmen of this country carry and is the holder of the Indian patents for many products that boast high efficiency and eco-friendly nature like Mitticool, Non Stick Clay Tawa and Low cost water filters.

7. Divyanshu Ganatra

From losing his eyesight at the age of 19 due to glaucoma to being the first blind pilot from India, Divyanshu Ganatra is a survivor & achiever in true sense. He is an inspiration for the abled & disabled alike, an adventurer, a behavioral facilitator, a clinical psychologist, an entrepreneur, an educationist & a researcher. His keynotes are a great motivation and teaches winning despite disability-related limitations, perseverance, power of focus and inspiring others in your personal journey.

8. DP Singh

Major D. P. Singh is a retired officer of the Indian Army and a Kargil War veteran, also known as ‘India’s first blade runner’. He was “declared dead” in an army hospital in July 1999 during the Kargil War. He was revived by a specialist, only to be told three days later that his right leg would be amputated below his knee because gangrene had set in. After learning this, he told himself, “now I will show the world how disabled people live. I was sure I will never compromise the way I lived”. His life story is truly inspirational and ‘A Never Say Die’ attitude makes him a motivation for one and all.

9. Arunima Sinha


Arunima Sinha, became the world’s first female amputee to climb Mount Everest in 2013. The 30-year-old become the first female amputee to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak of Antarctica. Arunima, a former national level volleyball player turned mountaineer. Arunima lost one of her legs in a horrific incident when she was thrown off the moving Padmawati Express train for resisting a chain-snatching attempt by hooligans in 2011. It was after this incident, when she was recovering, that Arunima decided to become a mountaineer and scale the highest peaks in the world. There’s no doubt she is only climbing every peak and reaching higher in life.

10. Manvendra Singh Gohil

Manvendra Singh Gohil is an Indian prince and the first openly gay prince in the world. In 2000, he started the Lakshya Trust, of which he is the chairman, a group dedicated to HIV/AIDS education and prevention. A registered public charitable trust, Lakshya is a community-based organization working for HIV/AIDS prevention among men who have sex with men.

These personalities have turned their lives into an inspiring museum and we can learn a lot by listening to their journey to greatness.

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