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(CNN) -- CNN Connects: "India's Generation Next" examines the social, political and economic issues confronting young people across India, with distinguished panelists and a studio audience of about 100 young people. CNN Connects will be a joint production of CNN International and CNN-IBN -- airing on both networks in mid-March.

The following are biographies of some of the participants:

Rahul Bose

Rahul Bose is 39 and started his acting career early, as a boy of 6. Ever since then his love for theater has only grown with a prolific body of work. His film career took off with the unprecedented success of his first film, "English, August." Although "Thakshak" and "Chameli" may be considered to be more mainstream, his image as India's premier actor of the alternative cinema finds concurrence across the world.

Rahul's social concerns occupy an equally important space in his consciousness. Primary among these has been his unrelenting, post-tsunami efforts in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Another key area of his focus is communal harmony and gender equality. Bose has also been working with underprivileged Muslim women as part of the Akshara Centre for Women as he has on the issue of secularism. Rahul Bose is also World Youth Ambassador for the World Youth Peace Movement

Anupam Mittal

Anupam Mittal

Anupam Mittal, 34, founded the People Group in 1997, the company has consistently grown by over 200 percent each year since. Some services of People Group include: Shaadi.com, the world's largest matrimonial service and has gone on to become one of the largest Internet companies in India. In the process, the company created an entirely new industry -- online matchmaking. Today, it has more than 2 million registered members.

Anupam holds an MBA from Boston and has lived and worked in senior management roles in the U.S. and Europe. He has more than 10 years of management and business development experience in the technology, media and communications industries. Today the company boasts 200 employees and has operations in India, USA, UK and the UAE.

Vikram Akula

A former management consultant with McKinsey & Company, Vikram, 38, has more than a decade of work and research experience in microfinance. He was a Fulbright Scholar in India and a researcher with the Worldwatch Institute. A native of Hyderabad, Vikram founded SKS in 1998 to empower the poor to become economically self-reliant by providing financial services in a sustainable way. Vikram Akula, was recognized by Time Magazine in 2006 as one of today's 100 most influential people.

SKS Microfinance is one of the fastest growing microfinance organizations in the world, having provided more than $126 million and has maintained loans outstanding of $45 million in loans to nearly 500,003 women clients in poor regions of India.

Vasundhara Das

Vasundhara Das

Vasundhara Das, 26, began acting with the Kamal Hasan film Hey Ram (1999) and her playback singing career began when she worked with A. R. Rahman for the Tamil-language film Mudhalvan. Vasundhara Das has also recorded her own album of non-film songs, and sung in French, English, Tamil, Kannada and Hindi.

She has founded a musical band named Arya with Roberto Narain. The band comprises musicians from various backgrounds in music, ranging from Hindustani and Karnatic classical music to jazz, Latin, rock and pop. Arya's music can be broadly classified as World Music. Arya's first performance was at the prestigious festival La Mar de Musicas, in Spain in 2003.

Omar Abdullah

Omar Abdullah

Omar Abdullah is 37 years old, and comes from a very distinguished Kashmiri family. Born in the UK, Omar took a masters in business administration before switching to the family profession of politics.

He contested and won his first election in 1998 from a Srinagar parliamentary constituency, a seat once held by his father. He was re-elected in 1999 and made a junior minister in charge of commerce and industry in the central cabinet. He also worked in the foreign ministry.


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