From the audience, Prithvi Theatre's Sanjana Kapoor gets a round of applause with: I think of all artists, theatre-wallahs are the lowest of the low. But we need to demand that systems also work for us. What is our reality is the massive organization of India and claiming our place in it. We have to demand it. We need the media to support us. Where are they supporting us? We need to be on TV and all sorts of media a huge amount more.
This is clearly the most popular panel. Every panelist gets a rousing cheer and a big hand. Zubin Mehta gets the most claps when he says he's Calcutta-born and not a Bombay boy.
In the audience, conductor Zubin Mehta with wife Nancy. He will be joining Vikram Seth in the discussion on arts and culture
Behind-the-scenes: Vikram Seth and NDTV's Sreenivasan Jain will be on stage later today discussing the arts and culture. Though Vikram Seth looks like he's begun holding forth already
In the audience, environmentalist Valmik Thapar and his actress wife Sanjana Kapoor, looking stunning in a red and beige ensemble