One of the most notable figures in the arena of Indian Journalism, Sashi Kumar is the founder chairman of the Media Development Foundation, which set up and runs the estimable Asian School of Journalism in Chennai. In 1992 he established the first regional channel in India, Asianet. He was the first West Asia correspondent of The Hindu in the mid-eighties. He directed the film Kaya Taran in Hindi based on the short story “VanmarangalVeezhumbol” (When Big Trees Fall) by writer N.S Madhavan. The film won him the G. Aravindan award as the best debut filmmaker of 2004. Well known also as an actor, Sashi Kumar was awarded the Viayaraghavan Memorial Award for his contributions to the field of journalism. Unmediated: Essays on Media, Culture and Cinema is the collection of Sashi Kumar’s contributions to various journals and magazines for over three decades.
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