Suchindran is a veteran filmmaker and journalist with more than four decades of experience ranging from film production to setting up media institutions, from print journalism to ICT in the development sector. He started his career working as a cinematographer in Tamil and Mumbai film industry where he shot more than 20 feature and short films. He has also worked as a broadcast journalist in various offline and online television projects. Suchindran has also served as a channel head for the Asia Television Network where he oversaw the production and programming of the channel. He has been instrumental in setting up Loksabha television, India’s first parliamentary news and current affairs channel where he produced several current affair series and documentaries. His ten years of experience as a senior broadcast journalist and producer also includes the Press Trust of India, where he looked after the organisation’s key projects.
His work extends from corporate films, science and technology films to documentaries, educational and technical and training videos. Since 2007 he has been extensively working towards web and multimedia creation, photographic imagery, CGI and audio and video streams for the multimedia product EncyclopIndia.
He has a diverse teaching experience in academic and workshop format. Many of the workshops conducted by him focus on the effective use of media and technology. He has also taught several master classes on filmmaking for budding filmmakers in different genres.
Patralekha Chatterjee is a journalist, photographer, columnist and successful author and has wide experience in working with national and international media. She has written about issues related to gender inequality, health inequality, malnutrition and HIV/AIDS of Asia and Africa. As an author, her work regularly published in UK, USA, Switzerland, UAE, India and by international organizations including the UN. Patralekha has covered public health issues of Haiti, Sub-Saharan Africa, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and the Maldives and her reports published in The Lancet. She has extensive training and teaching experience. She taught at AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia (2008 – 2009).
She has received numerous prestigious national and international awards including the Journalists in Europe Programme (1989 –’90); Media India Award, 1987; winner of Media 21 Global Journalism Fellowship, 2008. Her syndicated columns in Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle and Amar Ujala, an influential multi-edition Hindi language newspaper, are among the few in India which consistently focus on social and development issues, especially those impacting rights of women and girls and empowerment in the wider political, economic and social context of an emerging economic power battling a myriad inequities. Patralekha Chatterjee was a Vital Voices Lead Fellow (2014-2015), a network of global women leaders focusing on violence against women and women’s empowerment.