BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SASWATI CHAKRAVARTY – MANAGING DIRECTOR As the Founder of Bhasha News Media, Saswati brings on board over 25 years of experience in print journalism. Prior to Bhasha, Saswati worked with The Economic Times for over two decades and essayed both senior editorial and business roles. At The Economic Times, she was instrumental in the successful launch of 3 new editions for the newspaper within south India. In 2009, Saswati stepped in to an entrepreneurial role within the development sector to pursue the opportunity and cause of new media architecture for under-served populations. Saswati has been a writer on the development sector for close to a decade and is known for reportage on social entrepreneurship and micro-finance. She has also been associated with the Indian School of Business.
SUSMITA BAGCHI – DIRECTOR
Susmita Bagchi started writing in Oriya in 1982 and has published five novels, seven collections of short stories, and a travelogue. She received the State Sahitya Akademi Award in 1992, as well as the Utkal Samman, the Bisuba Purashkar and Subrat Rath Smaraki Award by the Gangadhar Rath Foundation. Susmita did her MA in Political Science from the University of Delhi, where she began teaching before becoming a full-time writer. Many of her short stories have been translated into Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi and Malayalam. Her novel ‘Deba Shishu’ was translated into English and published by Penguin as ‘Children of a Better God’ to critical acclaim in 2010.
KAMAL GHOSH - GM, SALES AND MARKET DEVELOPMENT
With over 32 years experience with one of the leading publishing houses in India, Kamal has been instrumental in creating markets where none existed and in leading sales teams to successes in West Bengal & the North-Eastern states. He has thorough and in-depth knowledge of market development and brings his skills to strengthen the team at Bhasha News Media.
Holding a Masters in Indology from Vishwa Bharati University, Shantiniketan, Rajlakshmi started her career with Times of India, Kolkata as an advertising executive in 1983. She rose to the position of General Manager Response and became the first woman Response Head in the group. A continuous journey of 22 years later she accepted the challenge to launch DNA in the city of Mumbai in mid 2005. Following a successful stint as Vice President Ad sales, she returned to Kolkata in 2008.
Partha began his career graph at the Times Group in Kolkata in the early 80s. An Mcom, LLB from Calcutta University, Partha has worked in various functional capacities within Ad sales. Early 2005 he joined DNA as Branch Head Eastern India, stationed in Kolkata.
PULOMA CHAKRABORTY – STAFF REPORTER
Puloma graduated in 2010 with Bengali honours from Calcutta University. In 2011, she completed her post graduation in Mass Communication & Public Relations from George Telegraph Training Institute. Alongside working as a Staff Reporter with Uttor
, Puloma is pursuing a MSW degree from IGNOU.
SAYANTANI DUTTA – STAFF REPORTER
Sayantani combines her passion for professional challenges with a high level of social concern. A graduate with honours in Bengali from Calcutta University, she has done a post graduate Diploma in Mass Communication from Jadavpur University. She grew up in the northern Bengal district of Cooch Behar, which, she says, has helped her identify with the organisational goals of Bhasha News Media
. Prior to reporting for Uttor
, Sayantani has worked in a few online and niche magazines.
MD TOWHIDUL ISLAM – STAFF REPORTER
A budding journalist, Towhidul has a Master’s degree from Rabindra Bharati University. After completing a post graduate diploma in Mass Communication & Public Relations, he has joined Uttor
as a Trainee. Having been brought up in a village in Birbhum district, Towhidul believes that what holds back people, especially from the rural hinterland, from fulfilling their dreams is the lack of awareness about options.
CRM & ADMINISTRATION
Nandini is the latest member to join the enthusiastic team that makes up Bhasha News Media
. A graduate in Tourism Management from Calcutta University & a certified QMS auditor from BSI, she has experience in public relations and business administration across several corporate bodies. She brings her skills in managing the structural base of the Kolkata office and enriching the relationship that Bhasha News Media
shares with its external partners.
SWAPAN KANTI SINGHA