Simit Bhagat is a former journalist and a development practitioner-cum- documentary filmmaker, based out of Mumbai.
Simit is the Founder of The Bidesia Project – an initiative to archive and promote folk music traditions from Bhojpuri region of India. He is presently also working on a feature length documentary film on folk musicians from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in India.
Simit’s earlier films have focused on social development issues including agriculture, water security, livelihoods, gender and women empowerment. His first short documentary film ‘My Disappearing Farms’ focused on the story of rice farmers from Sindhudurg District of Maharashtra, India migrating to large cities in search of work and their struggle to keep their farming culture alive. The film was nominated and screened at various film festivals across India including the prestigious 9th CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife International Film Festival and Forum 2017 in New Delhi.
Simit has worked over a decade in different capacities, with some of the large development and media organisations including Thomson Reuters Foundation, Tata Trusts and The Times of India (TOI). As a journalist with TOI, he has also covered the United Nations climate change summit (COP – 15) in Copenhagen, Denmark and produced stories on climate change impact, negotiations and politics.
Simit has a Master of Arts degree in Science, Society and Development from Institute of Development Studies at University of Sussex, UK and a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from Mumbai. He was one of the 9 journalists from 12 countries to have been selected for a fellowship on Environment Reporting from International Institute of Journalism, Berlin, Germany in 2008.