Audiovisual Strategist / Media Designer / Trainer / Consultant / Mentor for: Development Communication, Social-issue Documentaries, NGO films 

Focus: Audiovisual projects on environment, health, literacy, women’s issues, ethnic communities and culture in India and international media trainings & projects linked to the southern hemisphere.



  • Full command on audiovisual requirements for development communication, documentaries, NGO films and PSA campaigns in India
  • Forty years ground-level experience in rural, tribal, small town and large city areas across the entire sub-continent with concurrent experience of government and non-government operation systems (Exclusive access in marginalized regions of Northeast India and Uttarakhand)
  • Executive Producer-Researcher-Writer-Interviewer for documentaries
  • International Trainer for audiovisual non-fiction content creators on approach and implementation of appropriate narratives, storytelling techniques, visualization
  • Mentor for international documentary film-making community for independent films and co-productions
  • Lobbyist for international co-operation and collaboration to promote true diversity in global media
  • Promoter for building platforms that encourage new entrants into the documentary sector in India and East Africa


  • Developing concepts on the basis of extensive and intensive interactions with all stakeholders in every project
  • Incorporating high level of sensitivity for vulnerable, marginalized groups / communities / individuals and ‘other culture’ factors
  • Exhaustive theoretical, academic and grass root research for all audiovisual projects
  • Personalised and individualized non-formal approach in training and mentoring
  • Creating and nurturing international networks for lobbying and building platforms


  • Writing Concept Notes and Detailed Project Plans and international Calls for Proposals for audiovisual sector – including content and budget narratives and report writing
  • Full knowledge of operating within official structures in India
  • Pertinent and appropriate interviewing and writing for audiovisual content
  • Instilling bench-mark standards and ethics for audiovisual productions among film-makers
  • Contextualising cultural background of film-makers with the action area for audiovisual productions
  • Building the cause and case for under-represented regions and the documentary sector in the southern hemisphere


  • Researcher & Writer for SPOTFILMS 1973 onwards
  • Post graduate Diploma in Journalism, New Delhi, 1972
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Mass Communications, Germany, 1976
  • BBC/British Council Script-writing Workshop, New Delhi 1978
  • Accredited Special Correspondent, 1988 onwards
  • Course and Workshop Co-ordinator, Foundation for Responsible Media
  • Media Advisory Group, Indian Council for Research on Women, 2001
  • Regular Trainer and mentor, ESODOC-ZeLIG, Italy 2004 -7, 2009 - 11
  • Project Manager, India, MEDIAIDS, EU-India HIV/AIDS media project, 2004-7
  • Co-ordinator, STEPS India, international initiative for Indian documentary 2004-9
  • Core team, STEPS International WhyDemocracy short films-India & Nepal, 2007-8
  • Project Director, ‘Tell It Better’, for NGO film-makers, with VIKES, Finland 2008
  • Head of Studies, LINCT, European Union MEDIA International project, 2009
  • Trainer, ESoDoc India, European Union MEDIA International project, 2010
  • Trainer, ESoDoc International, European Union Media Mundus programme, 2011
  • Jury Member & Trainer, Kenya International Film Festival, 2012
  • Jury Member, DOK Leipzig, Germany, 2013
  • Trainer, Film Africa Documentary Festival, Nairobi, 2013
  • Organiser, DOK Leipzig Lake Festival, Uttarakhand, India, 2013, 2014


Training projects and collaborations:

Audiovisual productions:

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REALITY CHECK – REFERENCES (Alphabetical Listing)

Beadie Finzi, Foundation Director, BRITDOC Foundation
Claas Danielsen, Festival Director, DOK Leipzig
Don Edkins, Executive Director, STEPS International
Heidi Gronauer, Director, ZeLIG School for Documentary, Television & New Media
Iikka Vehkalahti, Commissioning Editor, YLE, Finland
Nick Fraser, Commissioning Editor, Storyville, BBC
Patrice Barrat, Executive Director, Bridge Initiative International
Robin Mallick, Director Programmes South Asia, Goethe Institut

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