“ There can never be another Pritish Nandy.”- Shashi Tharoor

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The MAN

Different people know Pritish Nandy differently.

 

Some remember him as Indian poetry’s most celebrated name whose books, record albums, readings drew an iconic following and won him the Padma Shri and the EM Forster Literary Award at an age most people begin their literary career.

 

Others know him as a famous, award winning journalist and Editor who changed the face of Indian journalism in one memorable decade and then quietly walked away to become a columnist. Twenty years on, his column and blog are still among the most widely read.

Still others know him as the host of India’s first signature TV show, The Pritish Nandy Show that created history and made television chat shows popular. It also helped him launch Pritish Nandy Communications Ltd, a Company that has, over the past decade, made 25 films, some of them (like Kaante, Jhankaar Beats, Chameli, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Shabd, Pyaar Ke Side Effects) now acclaimed as cult movies.

 

Others know him for his stint in public life as Member of the Indian Parliament who, among his other achievements, won the UNESCO Award for restoration work in Mumbai. Or as the man who brought Indian art centrestage and as a painter who has held six critically acclaimed shows of his paintings and calligraphy, now in the best private collections. Or as the founder of People for Animals, India’s biggest animal rights NGO for which he received the prestigious International Humanitarian Award at the Genesis Awards in Hollywood, organised by the Humane Society of the United States in March 2012. Or simply, as the man who opened India’s first Cybercafé when no one had even heard of the internet.

Born in Kolkata, where he spent his young years as a poet, Pritish Nandy shifted to Mumbai in 1982 to join The Times of India as Publishing Director and Group Managing Editor. Between 1998 and 2004, he shared his time between Mumbai and New Delhi as a Member of Parliament. He lives in Mumbai with his books, his dogs, his family. You can meet him on twitter or at the occasional art show, a corner bookstore or at a movie premiere, usually his own.

 

Else, he celebrates his solitude.

POET

He began his life as a poet. At 16. His first book appeared at 18. He has written 40 books of poems since and many more books of translations from contemporary Bengali and Urdu poetry and ancient Sanskrit verse. He won the EM Forster Literary Award in 1995 and the Padma Shri in 1977 for his poetry.

 

 

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PHOTOGRAPHER

During his years in Calcutta, Pritish Nandy was one of the city's best known photographers and won many awards for work that he did for calenders and advertising campaigns. What is not known widely is that he was a passionate portraiture artist and many of the photographs he subsequently carried with his jounalistic articles of people like Indira Gandhi, MF Husain, Ravi Shankar, Sheikh Abdullah, Bhimsen Joshi, Kumar Gandharva and others were from his personal collection of portraits taken by him. A book of portraits done by Nandy is currently in the process of being put together and anyone who possesses prints of Nandy's work as a photographer are requested to send them to fansofnandy@gmail.com.

 

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PAINTER

His paintings are an extension of his creative work as a writer and designer. He has held over 6 solo shows of his work, including a hugely popular show of his drawings for his children held in Kolkata in 1991, inaugurated by MF Husain with a street play by Amitabh Bachchan and Anupam Kher. His works are in many eminent collections today. Apart from his paintings, he has also collaborated with Manjit Bawa on joint works of art and poetry, done a book with MF Husain on Sanskrit love poetry and a series of calligraphic works with water colours by Paresh Maity to rediscover Tagore’s last 15 poems which was presented by the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi and Mumbai..

 

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EDITOR

He joined The Times of India as Publishing Director and Group Managing Editor in December 1982. He left Calcutta and shifted to what was then Bombay with his family and began his spectacular career as an editor and journalist. While he edited and published many publications of The Times of India, his role as Editor of The Illustrated Weekly of India is the most memorable and in many ways, he changed the face of Indian magazine journalism. It was a glorious decade of magazine journalism and Nandy led that phase by picking up a magazine that had shut down and made it India's most popular weekly of that time. He introduced investigative journalism, wrote stories that tumbled governments and showed, for the first time, the might and magic of independent journalism after the dark years of the Emergency. In 1991, Pritish Nandy left The Times of India and moved on to television journalism. He continued his popular columns however to keep his link with print alive.

 

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JOURNALIST

His career in journalism spanned an amazing range. He was one of the most successful magazine editors of all time. He launched one of India's most respected newspapers. He reported hands-on and broke some of Indian journalism's biggest stories. In fact, he was one of the first investigative journalists. His interviews created history. He took them to television and started India's first signature chat show. Later, he joined hands with Javed Akhtar to do some of the finest bilingual interviews ever attempted on Indian television during the run up to the Lok Sabha elections. He even did front page cartoons for one of India's leading newspapers. He was a literary critic, a film critic, an art critic. And Editor's Choice, his famous column, ran for over a decade as a defining indicator of the best that India had to offer. His newspaper column (and blog) Extra Ordinary Issues remains one of the most popular. And O yes, he even edited a poetry magazine, a film magazine, a science magazine and India's most popular comics magazine in the eighties. And the photographs he took to support his journalistic work remain among the most interesting visual portfolios of his time.

 

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MOVIE MAKER

In 2001, he took Pritish Nandy Communications public and moved into the movie making business. Over the past decade, PNC has made 25 movies and some of them, like Kaante, Chameli, Jhankaar Beats, Hazaaron Khwaishien Aisi and Pyaar ke Side Effects have acquired cult status. PNC movies have been invited to over a hundred international film festivals and won over 300 awards and award nominations. PNC is today known as a respected film making company and has several movies on the floor. All part of a vision that Nandy had, long before it became a reality, that one day news and entertainment will be driven together on the same media platforms, reaching out to the same audience. As new media opportunities emerge, this is becoming more and more obvious and today India's media and entertainment industry is only second to that of the US in reach, stature and size.

 

 

COMING SOON

COLUMNIST

He’s one of India’s most widely read columnists and bloggers. His column began during his years in The Times of India and has continued uninterrupted for 3 decades. He has written 5000 columns over the years, many of them from the pre-internet era, untraceable today.

 

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HUMANITARIAN

TRIVIA

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