Nirmala Govindarajan with Ashish Chandra Sen
Nirmala Govindarajan is an author, social sector documentarian, journalist, yoga teacher, travel writer, and pioneer of the Writer’s Yatra and Reader’s Yatra experiences in offbeat locations. She travels extensively on work, and for the love of being everywhere. Her novels are inspired by people in the hinterlands, and her latest work Taboo (Picador, 2019), has been nominated for The Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize, Atta Galatta Bangalore Literature Festival Awards, and JK Paper Women AutHer Awards. Her novel Hunger’s Daughters (Om Books International, 2018) is born out of her experience of documenting in the heartlands of Orissa and Jharkhand. Nirmala has authored The Community Catalyst, recommended reading for civil services aspirants (Sapna Book House, 2016), and Man in the Mirror (Sapna Book House, Upcoming). She has conceptualised and co-authored Mind Blogs 1.0 (Write Wing Media, 2010). In 2014, Nirmala co-curated the debut Times Literary Carnival, Bangalore, and in 2016, conceptualised and curated the Literary Lounge and Know Your Classics experiences for the British Council, Bangalore. Nirmala dabbles in theatre and art, plays the western classical piano and violin. www.nirmalagovindarajan.com
Ashish Chandra Sen
Ashish Chandra Sen is a media educator, practitioner, and independent journalist and is currently co-authoring a corporate biography.
His work experience of more than 30 years covers the areas of media training/education, production and research with a special emphasis on communications for development and leadership.
Sen is Advisor to the Board of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters – Asia Pacific region (AMARC). He is the Editor of CR News, a newsletter managed by the UNESCO Chair on Community Media, Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad; Advisor -Community Media Lab Bangalore; and Advisor – RadioActive Community Radio, Jain College, Bangalore.
Sen has been actively engaged with the community radio movement in India since its inception and is also closely involved with its growth in the Asia-Pacific region. His efforts to promote community radio in India have facilitated the establishment of some of the country’s pioneering community radio stations such as Namma Dhwani in Karnataka and Radio Kalanjiam in Tamil Nadu.
Sen is passionate about theatre, especially Indian writing in English. He has directed and acted in several theatre productions in Kolkata, Mumbai and Bangalore. He teaches/lectures on theatre and radio in several colleges and also conducts workshops in these areas for the both the corporate and development sector.