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Journalist, Filmmaker & Media Entrepreneur

Date & Time

Fri, 19 May 2023


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

What is a language and how do they make us who we are? Is an eternal question philosophers have grappled with over eras. Linguistics scholars seek to determine what is unique and universal about the language we use, how it is acquired and the ways it changes over time. They consider language as a cultural, social and psychological phenomenon that stretches across the range of what is human. Over the past few decades we are faced with the language of the digital era that has rapidly changed the constitution of everyday interaction of humankind and steered evolution in all its aspects.

In this episode of BIC Talks, journalist, film maker and media entrepreneur Sashi Kumar speaks about Language and its ever changing face. This episode is adapted from a Bangalore Literature Festival 2022 session.

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Sashi Kumar

Journalist, Filmmaker & Media Entrepreneur

Sashi Kumar is a print and broadcast journalist, filmmaker and media entrepreneur.

He founded andchairs the Media Development Foundation which administers the Asian College of Journalism.

He was among the earliest Newscasters in English on national television, Doordarshan, Middle East Correspondent of The Hindu and news anchor on Radio Bahrain in the 1980s.

He has anchored and produced numerous studio shows, documentaries and news features for national television in India.

In 1992 he founded and launched Asianet, India’s first satellite TV channel in a regional language (Malayalam), and the country’s first statewide cable TV network in Kerala.

In 2004 he scripted and directed ‘Kaya Taran’ an award winning Hindi feature film based on the 1984 anti- Sikh riots and the 2002 Gujarat riots. He has acted in a few Malayalam feature films.

His latest media venture, Asiaville Interactive launched in 2019 is a startup to “reimagine journalism” for the millennial generation and includes multimedia digital portals in Indian languages including Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam.

He is a regular commentator on topical issues, particularly relating to the media, and contributed a regular column titled ‘Unmediated’ in Frontline, which is also the title of the book comprising his essays and articles published by Tulika Books in 2013.

He has been conferred many awards for his work in the media.