Some of our Panelists

November 13, 2009 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

Sajan Venniyoor

Sajan Venniyoor is the founder of Community Radio Forum, a Delhi-based organisation that is working for broadening the scope of community radio by taking them beyond campuses.He has been a professional broadcaster with India’s state-run All India Radio (and Doordarshan TV) for over a decade and a half. In the recent past, he turned his attention to the potential of community radio, and has also been moderator and resource-person for the SolutionExchange, a UN ICT for Development initiative in India

Richard Rego

Fr Richard Rego, who teaches journalism and mass communication at St Aloysius College is the director of Sarang 107.8 FM, only the second Community Radio station in Karnataka.Fr Richard Rego is actively engaged in research on media and culture. He is the first lecturer from an undergraduate college under the Mangalore University to receive a University Grants Commission’s (UGC) Major Research Project, in 2006.He is also the recipient of a state government research project (Konkani People in Suvarna Karnataka) on the occasion of the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the formation of the state.

Ram Bhat

Ram Bhat, a graduate of Manipal Institute of Communication, has worked as Media Head, in VOICES, a media advocacy group in Bangalore, from 2004 to 2007, and in 2008, co-founded a media collective called Maraa (Tree) in Bangalore. He has also worked as a free lance ICT trainer for community media projects in South East Asia, particularly, Kothmale Community Radio in Sri Lanka, Sitakund Youth Community Multimedia Centre in Bangladesh, and also helped with set up on UNESCO projects in India, like the Namma Dhwani Community Multimedia Centre in Karnataka. He started his career as an ethnographic action researcher, for the UNESCO and Queensland University of Technology, Australia collaborative project titled ICT and Poverty Reduction. During his tenure with VOICES, Ram has also worked with UNDP and Dhan Foundation to set up the Kalanjiam Community Multimedia Centre for disaster preparedness and rehabilitation.Currently he is involved in the International Program for Development of Communication (IPDC) which is supported by UNESCO, and works closely with set up and capacity building of four community radio stations in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand.

Aditeshwar Seth

Aditeshwar Seth is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at IIT Delhi.
He  previously worked with IBM Research, before which he did his PhD under Prof. S. Keshav and Prof. R. Cohen from the University of Waterloo, and his BTech from IIT Kanpur under Prof. D. Sanghi. He recently co-founded Gram Vaani, a social entrepreneurial venture to enable development through community media in rural areas of India.His research areas include

– Low-cost computer networks and ICT systems for rural areas
– Content based networks
– Participatory information sharing on social networks

Chhavi Sachdev

Chhavi Sachdev an Indian multimedia journalist who moved back to India after more than a decade in the US, is the creator of Sonologue,an audio content and production house uniquely poised to cover news, features, events, and profiles from the Indian subcontinent for global audiences.Sonologue aims to provide topical, authentic, evocative, and balanced multimedia content for a variety of outlets — radio stations, corporates, not-for-profits, national and international media houses, and cultural organizations.

Friji Karthikeyan

Friji works on audio / video streaming technologies on Linux / BSD  and has been running internet radio Radio Schizoid ( ) for the past 3 years.

Internet Radio Portal aims at providing a web platform for NGO’s / small communities to share audio ( if possible, video ) and network among themselves and share their work with others. Radio Schizoid is an internet radio station for Psychedelic Goa trance , Chillout / Ambient & Progressive psychedelic trance.

Sushama Shendge

Sushama Shendge works for Manndeshi Tarang Radio of Mann Vikas Samajik Sanstha MVSS is the first NGO to have been granted a license by the Indian government to run a community radio station. Mann Deshi Tarang’s mission is to provide the people of Mhaswad with a platform to voice concerns, express creativity, promote development, preserve their culture, and communicate with one another. The community radio station was successfully launched in December 2008.


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