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DesiNation has come with a unique module that covers all 21 disabilities in a comprehensive and sensitive manner. The instruction is not in a preachy mode but in an interactive mode.

D. DIVYA IAS

SPECIAL SECRETARY TO GOVT. WOMEN. CHILDREN. DISABLED. SENIOR CITIZENS DEPT GOVT. OF TELANGANA

I strongly recommend the DesiNation E- Learning video lessons to everyone in the corporate, education and government sector; to sensitize them on Disability, its Diversity and need for Inclusion.

STUTI KACKER

FORMER SECRETARY TO GOI.
DEPT. OF EMPOWERMENT OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.
MINISTRY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

Your effort is commendable. People are not able or disable, our thinking is. If we can change the mindsets of people through these videos, it will go a long way in building a sustainable, equitable and inclusive world for us all.

MRIDULA SANKHYAYAN

PRESIDENT – WICCI INDIA
FORMER HEAD – D&I. GOLDMAN SACHS

It helps me develop empathy and more capable of dealing with diversity both as an individual and as an industry person where we want to encourage and respect diverse people.

THOMAS M C

MANAGING DIRECTOR
MINING DIVISION
ADITYA BIRLA GROUP
MUMBAI

DID F&B AWARDS

Dialogue in the Dark has been recognized by credible accreditation ogranisations / bodies such as The Week, Rocheston & Franchise India.

DID presence in India over the years

Dialogue in the Dark has been presented in a permanent exhibition format in 6 locations

Our significant policy level milestones

Our milestones over the years

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Visitors have been sensitised across the country

Presented in 4 permanent locations & 60 temporary formats across 25 cities in India

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Students sensitised

500 schools have been enrolled to educate students on diversity & social inclusion of PwDs across the country

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PwD job pledges created

1,000+ corporates have been sensitized and made inclusive to welcome PwDs into their workforce

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PwD jobs created

PwDs of varied disabilities have been skilled and placed across 18 sectors of Corporate India

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Visually impaired empowered

Many PwDs have been mainstreamed economically through the initiative over a span of 12 years as DID only hires Persons with Visual Impairment for conducting / facilitating it’s dark experiences

Our milestones over the years

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Visitors have been sensitised across the country

Presented in 4 permanent locations & 60 temporary formats across 25 cities in India

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Students sensitised

500 schools have been enrolled to educate students on diversity & social inclusion of PwDs across the country

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PwD job pledges created

1,000+ corporates have been sensitized and made inclusive to welcome PwDs into their workforce

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PwD jobs created

PwDs of varied disabilities have been skilled and placed across 18 sectors of Corporate India

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Visually impaired empowered

Many PwDs have been mainstreamed economically through the initiative over a span of 12 years as DID only hires Persons with Visual Impairment for conducting / facilitating it’s dark experiences

Some of our esteemed clients

From Darkness to Light – our Journey

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2009
Founders experienced Dialogue In the Dark at Atlanta (USA) for the 1st time

Research & ground work to launch DID in India

2009
3
2011
Launched DID - India's 1st Socio-Entertainment Dark Exhibition & Restaurant

Build brand DID India, created a huge B2B & B2B traction

2011
3
2014
Expand DID's presence to Bangalore & Chennai

New DID centers stabilisation phase

2014
3
2016
Launched DID's First franchise store in Raipur, Chattisgarh.

Created several dark props like Coffee in the Dark etc

2016
3
2016
Launched project take I & created 4000 PWD jobs across 18 Corporate Sector

Presented DID in over 65 locations in a touring formats

2016
3
2019
Launched DID 2nd center in Hyderabad in partnership with Telangana tourism
2019
3
2020
COVID forced DID to a stand-still mode
2020
3
2022
(a)Launched the digital avatar of Dialogue in the Dark - DesiNation, India's 1st DEI centric ed-tech & exchange startup
2022
3
2022
(b)Re-launched Dialogue in the Dark in India in partnership with State Bank of India Foundation at Nariman Point, Mumbai.
2022
3
2023
Developed 80+ DEI centric scenario based micro-videos on three diverse identity groups : Gender Bias, Transgender Community & Disability and on-boarded 15 top notch Corporates in India as clients.
2023

From Darkness to Light – our Journey

Founders experienced Dialogue In the Dark at Atlanta (USA) for the 1st time
Research & ground work to launch DID in India
Launched DID - India's 1st Socio-Entertainment Dark Exhibition & Restaurant
Build brand DID India, created a huge B2B & B2B traction
Expand DID's presence to Bangalore & Chennai
New DID centers stabilisation phase
Launched DID's First franchise store in Raipur, Chattisgarh.
Created several dark props like Coffee in the Dark etc
Launched project take I & created 4000 PWD jobs across 18 Corporate Sector
Presented DID in over 65 locations in a touring formats
Launched DID 2nd center in Hyderabad in partnership with Telangana tourism
COVID forced DID to a stand-still mode
(a)Launched the digital avatar of Dialogue in the Dark - DesiNation, India's 1st DEI centric ed-tech & exchange startup
(b)Re-launched Dialogue in the Dark in India in partnership with State Bank of India Foundation at Nariman Point, Mumbai.
Developed 80+ DEI centric scenario based micro-videos on three diverse identity groups : Gender Bias, Transgender Community & Disability and on-boarded 15 top notch Corporates in India as clients.
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2011
2014
2016
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2019
2020
2022
2022
2023

How DID it all start in India?

In 2010, while waiting for his delayed flight at Atlanta City – USA, our Founder Mr. S V Krishnan came across an intriguing exhibition of Dialogue in the Dark and decided to go through the 45 minute immersive dark experience in order to kill time. Little did he know that the experience was going to set him on a decade long journey of powerful social impact.

Mr. Krishnan was humbled and amazed by how being able to connect with a visually impaired person at a basic human level was so simple & empowering. He felt this would make a significant impact in creating awareness of social inclusion in Indian society given our diverse demographics with respect to Disability.

As a culmination of this idea, Mr. Krishnan & his wife Mrs. Sudha Krishnan founded Dialogue in the Dark in India in 2010 by setting up the first dark exhibition center in Hyderabad.

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Women’s contribution to GDP

Though women in India represent 48% of the population, 91% of them are excluded from participating in workplace

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Persons with Disabilities (PwDs)

India is home to about 2.68 crore Persons with Disabilities (PwDs)

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LGBTQIA+ Population

The size of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) population in India is about 4.5 crores

RPwD
Act 2016

Mandates every corporate establishment to undertake sensitisation and awareness
creation about Persons with Disabilities (PwDs)

Our SAGE Board - Strategic Advisory Group of Experts

KIRTHIGA REDDY

Former Facebook India Head & Softbank Vision Fund Director

SANTANU PAUL

Founder, CEO & Managing Director - TalentSprint

SHALINI KHANNA

Founder Director - NAB India - Centre for Blind Women & Disability Studies

MRIDULA SANKHYAYAN

President- India-UAE WICCI - Founder and Leadership Coach Vatt Vriksh Consultants

SUJIV NAIR

Global CHRO & CTO - RE Sustainability ltd.

MADHAVI PANDRANGI

Former Director - Price Waterhouse Coopers

ASHOK PAMIDI

Start-up Evangelist and Advisor, Former CEO, NASSCOM Foundation

MADAN PADAKI

President, TiE Bangalore, Strategic Advisor UNICEF India, Founder & CEO - 1Bridge

SHASHAANK AWASTHI

Co-founder - V-shesh, Advisor - Gray Ghost Ventures

Our significant policy level milestones

DID experience mandated by the Commissionerate of Collegiate Education (Telangana State) - A visit to Dialogue in the Dark for all the Principals of Government Degree Colleges
DID - DESI (Diversity Education for Social Inclusion) Program for Schools and Colleges has been recommended by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt of India, New Delhi
DID experience Mandated for all IAS Trainees at MCRHRD Institute, Government of Telangana and Administrative Staff College of India as an internal training program
G.O. 27 issued by Government of unified Andhra Pradesh for promoting awareness of visually impaired - a visit to the Dialogue in the Dark (did) exhibition for all India service officers and HODs

Our Approach

EDUCATE

Educate & develop DESI Skills among Corporates, Schools & College users.

ELEVATE

The DEI Appreciation Quotient among DesiNation users

EMPOWER

Empower users to appreciate inclusion of Diverse Identity Groups (DIGs)

Fundraiser champions for social justice

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Join our growing League of DESI Change-makers

Our SAGE Board - Strategic Advisory Group of Experts

Meet the DESI Enthooos

S V KRISHNAN

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

SUDHA KRISHNAN

Co-Founder & Chief Empathy Officer

ANANTHANARAYANAN

Chief Marketing Officer

ROSHEENA ISMAIL

Chief Social Impact Officer

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