At a Glance
 
  • 728+ screenings at Festivals around the world

  • 181 Awards in India and abroad

  • 41 National Film Awards
Our Trustees»  Adoor Gopalakrishnan
»  Aruna Vasudev
»  Fali Nariman
»  Kiran Karnik
»  Mrinal Sen
»  Rajiv Mehrotra
»  Shyam Benegal
»  Sharmila Tagore
»  Sunita Narain
»  Jawhar Sircar


Adoor Gopalakrishnan - Chairperson

Honoured with the Padma Vibhushan for his contribution to Indian Cinema, Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s films have been celebrated in Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto, London, Rotterdam and won him some of the most prestigious national and international film awards. The International Film Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) has gone to him six times successively. In recognition of his contribution to international cinema, the French Government bestowed on him the title of The Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, a top French honour for culture in 2005. In 2006, he received the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, India’s highest honour for life time achievement in cinema. 


Aruna Vasudev

Aruna Vasudev is the Founder-President of Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema, Founder-Director of Osian’s-Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema, Founder-Editor of Cinemaya, The Asian Film Quarterly and Trustee of the Forum for Art Beyond Borders. In 2006, she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 8th Cinemanila Film Festival at Manila, Philippines. She has also been honoured with the Kalpana Chawla Excellence Award 2007 for Women and conferred France’s top cultural award, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and the Star of Italian Solidarity. She is the author of two books on Indian Cinema and has been a jury member at Cannes, Locarno, Thessaloniki, Singapore, Fajr, Karlovy and Istanbul, among others.


Fali S. Nariman

Fali Nariman is a distinguished Indian Constitutional jurist and senior advocate at the Supreme Court of India since 1971. He has remained the President of the Bar Association of India since 1991. He is an internationally recognised authority on international arbitration. One of India's most distinguished constitutional lawyers, he ha also been Additional Solicitor General of India. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Gruber Prize for Justice. He was a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha from 1999 to 2005.

 

Kiran Karnik

Kiran Karnik has served as the President of NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Service Companies), the apex body representing India’s IT software and service industry, and Managing Director of Discovery Networks in South Asia. He is widely applauded as one of the pioneers of development communication in India from the time of his distinguished early years at ISRO. In 2003, the US magazine Forbes described him as The Face of the Year for his outstanding contribution to NASSCOM. He has also been honoured with the distinction of being the Dataquest IT Person of the Year 2005.


Mrinal Sen

In a long and illustrious career, Mrinal Sen has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Swarna Kamal four times, prizes at Cannes, Venice, Moscow and Berlin Festivals, the Padma Bhushan in 1981 and the Commandeur de l’ordre des Arts et letters in 1983. Along with seven National Film Awards, in 2005, he was awarded the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, the highest honour given to an Indian filmmaker by the Government of India. In 2008, he was awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards by Osian's-Cinefan Festival and the International Film Festival in India. In 2009, the International Film Festival of Kerala awarded their first Lifetime Achievement Award to him.


Rajiv Mehrotra - Managing Trustee

Rajiv Mehrotra was educated at St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and the Universities of Oxford and Columbia from where he obtained an MFA in Film Direction with a specialisation in Cinematography. He manages, as the Secretary/ Trustee, The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of HH The Dalai Lama. He has been a personal ‘chela’ of His Holiness for more than 30 years and a disciple of the late Swami Ranganathananda, the 13th President of the Ramakrishna Mission. His books include The Mind of The Guru, Understanding the Dalai Lama, The Essential Dalai Lama, Thakur - a biography of Sri Ramakrishna and Conversations with The Dalai Lama. He also works as an independent filmmaker. His films have won about a hundred international and eighteen national awards from the President of India. He was Chairperson of the Jury for the awards during their 50th anniversary. He is President of The Media Foundation and serves on the Boards of several institutions, including the Norbulinka Institute of Tibetan Culture, the Core Group of the Press Council of India, FTII and the 12th Plan Committee on Telecommunications, Information and Broadcasting, etc. Till recently, he hosted one of the country’s longest running, and most widely viewed, talk shows on public television, In Conversation - rated the most watched programme in its genre across all television channels in India. He is currently working on a feature length documentary on Swami Vivekananda.


Shyam Benegal 

Credited with being a pioneer of new cinema in India, one of India’s most iconic filmmakers, Shyam Benegal has made more than a dozen critically acclaimed feature films representing rural, contemporary and modern India. He is the recipient of three of India’s most prestigious awards – the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2005, the Padma Shri in 1976 and the Padma Bhushan in 1991.  His Films have been acclaimed widely in India and at international film festivals. He has won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, a record seven times. He is currently a nominated Member of the Rajya Sabha and Chairperson of the Mumbai based film school Whistling Woods International.


Sharmila Tagore

Sharmila Tagore has served as the Chairperson of the Censor Board of India. She began her career in Bengali films with Satyajit Ray’s Apur Sansar. She was bestowed with the National Awards for the Best Supporting Actress in 2004 and Lifetime Achievement in the year 2007. The Award of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters of France was conferred upon her in 2004. She was appointed the goodwill ambassador for UNICEF India in a move to help the fight against HIV/ AIDS in the country.


Sunita Narain

Sunita Narain is an environmentalist as well as a major proponent of the green concept of sustainable development. She has been with the Centre for Science and Environment since 1982, currently the Director of the Centre, of the Society for Environmental Communications and publisher of the fortnightly magazine Down To Earth. She has led from the front on numerous environment issues and was awarded the Padma Shri in 2005. She has also been honoured by the 2005 Stockholm Water Prize for her dynamic involvement in issues related to health, environment and democracy.


Jawhar Sircar

Jawhar Sircar is an Indian civil servant and presently the Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati, (the Broadcasting Corporation of India), that supervises the two national broadcasting networks of India, namely, All India Radio and Doordarshan. He has been Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, from November 2008 to February 2012 and was responsible for introducing several new schemes and reforms in the culture sector. An alumnus of Calcutta University, he has also studied at the Universities of Cambridge and Sussex. He has carried on research and publications on cultural, historical and anthropological subjects for several years and received the first ever British Museum’s Award for piloting museum reforms in the country. He is an ex-officio Member of PSBT’s Board of Trustees.


Advisory Board

Mrinal Sen - Chairperson
Anjolie Ela Menon, Bhaskar Ghose, Kiran Seth, Sir Mark Tully, Prof. Nilotpal Mazumdar, Dr Pronnoy Roy,

Prof. Suresh Chabria



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