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 stated 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.
SIDDHARTHA ROY – EDITOR
Siddhartha Roy is a journalist with over 30 years of experience in covering political and socio-economic issues. He has received several awards for his exemplary investigative journalism. Siddhartha has been successful in bridging the linguistic divide by reporting in Hindi and Bengali, covering the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Delhi. Proactive and erudite, he brings in proven leadership acumen and well established networking skills to the Bhasha News Media team. In his last stint, he was the Managing Editor of the Bengali daily, Ekdin.
SIDDHARTH GANGOLI - GM, TECH & NEW BUSINESS
Siddharth has over 15 years of experience in IT, ranging from project and team management to development and quality. He has worked across technologies and domains, and was involved in product conceptualisation, design and delivery. Siddharth is an MBA in systems and marketing from Pune University. At Bhasha News Media, he leverages technology for improving efficiencies and scalability. He is also responsible for Bhasha’s new initiatives.
KAMAL GHOSH - GM, SALES AND MARKET DEVELOPMENT
With over 32 years of 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 has successfully managed diverse teams on the fileld. At Bhasha News Media, Kamal is leading the initiative to penetrate deep rural pockets through a robust last mile network.
RAJLAKSHMI MOHAN – HEAD OF MARKETING
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.
PARTHASARATHI SEN-MARKETING CO-ORDINATOR
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.
NANDINI NAG – MANAGER CRM & ADMIN
Nandini binds together the enthusiastic team that makes up Bhasha News Media. A graduate in Tourism Management from Calcutta University and a certified QMS auditor from BSI, she has experience in public relations and business administration, having worked for 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 - ADMIN ASST
Swapan is the oldest member of the Bhasha News Media team. He is adept at providing support across functional teams, thereby linking other team members.