|Occupation||Actress, Anchor, Trainer, Speaker, Founder-Director of DRZYA and Mentor of The Flaming Wheels (We Are One Trust)|
|Known for||Film, Anchoring, Events, Differently-abled and Unique Performances:|
Geeta Poduval (born November 10) is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, actress, TV anchor,. She is the Founder-Director of DRZYA, the only firm in India that brings differently-abled and unique performances, talks and workshops from across the world on one platform. She is the mentor of The We Are One Trust, a unique differently-abled artist group. Through DRZYA, she scouts for talent among specially abled, trains them and provides them a platform to perform and earn a livelihood. She is an ex CAG Senior Audit Officer (Comptroller and Auditor General - India's national and state audit authority). The two notable films to her credit are Sukumarji's Kandethal (Malayalam) and Madhu Kaithapram's Vellivelichathil (Malayalam).
Early life and background
Geeta Poduval was born in Ahmedabad in a middle class Malayali family. She joined CAG and passed the internal officer's grade examination. During this time she handled many audits including the UN Audit in Western Africa. She worked for the organisation for twenty years until her voluntary retirement in 2014 as Senior Audit Officer. Parallel to her career, she pursued her singing, classical dancing and acting interests. While in the service, she participated in one of the talent shows on Amrita TV, and then took up various anchoring and acting projects. Geeta also wrote short stories and articles for magazines including Femina and Woman's Era and conducted motivational talk sessions and training programs for government organisations, PSUs and Corporate houses. She has also been involved in social activism. Recently she founded DRZYA, the only firm in India that brings differently-abled and unique performances, talks and workshops from across the world on one platform. She is also the mentor of a differently-abled wheelchair performance group, We Are One.
Geeta has anchored over 100 shows in India and abroad, ranging from award functions, cultural meets, musical nights, corporate events and social meets in Hindi, English, Gujarati and Malayalam languages. Some of her anchoring projects include -
- Anchor for Malayalam Film Reviews and Box Office Reports for Idea Popcorn Street since 2015
- Co-host of a television series titled “Amchi Mumbai” on Kairali TV
- Host of a music concert starring Mithoon, the famous music director and singer, Arijit Singh, Roop Kumar Rathod, Palak, Mohammad Irfan, in June 2014 in Muscat
- Hosted the three-day India Fest in Abu Dhabi in December 2014
- Hosted a show of differently abled artists in Muscat in September 2014
- Hosted “Dance For National Unity” show which included performances of Manju Warrier, Malayalam film actress and Gracy Singh, Bollywood actress
- Anchored the fund raising event of Nanma Charitable Foundation where the Chief Guest was KPAC Lalitha, National Award-winning actress
- Anchored the 11th Raagalaya Music Awards in Mumbai.
- Hosted three years in a row, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Achievement Awards in Mumbai (2013, 2014 and 2015)
- Hosted 1st Gateway Litfest at NCPA, Mumbai.
- Hosted “Musical Rain” show of K. J Yesudas, K. S Chithra, Meera Nandan, Vijay Yesudas and Shweta Mohan in May 2015 in Bahrain
- Hosted "Yeh Shaam Mastaani...", a musical show on the 86th Birthday celebration of Kishore Kumar with singers Amit Kumar, Shri Babul Supriyo, Shailaja Subramanian, Kavita Paudwal and Siddhant Bhosle in August 2015, Shanmukhnanda Hall, Mumbai
- Anchored the Mathrubhumi-Goodwin Jewellers Kaikottikali Pookalam Contest 2015 in Mumbai
- Anchored the MS Vishwanathan Night - Hridayaragam in Mumbai in September 2015 that had performances from eminent playback singer Biju Narayanan, comedians Reji and Ajish and Guiness Pakru among others
- Hosted inauguration of Charm's Group megastore Hazel at Kalyan in September 2015 attended by three reigning Miss Indias Aditi Arya, Aafreen Vaz, and Vartika Singh along with other dignitaries
- Hosted Prince Vaidyan's promoted Kashmir to Kerala Social Foundation Gala Awards Night 2016, 2017 & 2018 in Mumbai attended by Indian dignitaries including Farooq Abdullah, Vivek Oberoi, Maharaja of Udaipur, Sandeep Thakur
- Hosted The Nair Welfare Society's award function and mega-show 'Ganesham' by Soorya Hrishnamoorthy and Lakshmi Gopalaswamy in March 2017 Mumbai
Geeta has acted in films, TV serials, corporate films and advertisements.
- Vellivelichatthil – In the Limelight (Malayalam, released 2014). She played the second heroine in the film as John Brittas’ wife. Directed by Madhu Kaithapram and music by Deepankuran Bijibal the film was completely shot in Muscat.
- Kandethal – The Revelation (Malayalam, released 2016). She played the female protagonist. Directed by Sukumarji.
- Crime Branch (Malayalam, TV serial, 2014). Played the lead role of Assistant Commissioner of Police for eight episodes for Kairali TV Channel.
- A corporate film for Rohm and Hazz (erstwhile Dow Chemicals)
- Appeared in an ad of Nerolac Paints with Shah Rukh Khan (2014)
Awards and honors
- Juries Special Award - Communication through Social Media 2017 by the Public Relations Council of India (PRCI) for outstanding contribution to the Profession, Industry and Society
- Indywood Media Excellence Award 2017 in the Professional Excellence category in her capacity as an online media social activist, motivational speaker, corporate trainer and films and television
- Honoured by The Western India Football Association (WIFA) for her contribution in training the Coaches
Training and speaking
Geetha Poduval has been a speaker at various forums and events. She was a speaker at TEDxYouth@JGIS  She was recently invited as the Keynote speaker during the Daughters’ Day celebration of the Bengaluru chapters of PRCI and YCC. She has been conducting training programs in corporate houses and government organisations for many years. Some of her training and speaking topics include -
- Women Leadership Program
- Influencing Without Authority Program
- Personal Presence Program
- Women Safety at Workplace Program
- Preventing Sexual Harassment and Awareness Program
- Program for Managing Life and Life Goals
- Program on Leveraging Social Media
- Program for Nursing and Healthcare Support Staff
- "Sukumarji's Kandethal Traces the Journey in Search of Inner Peace". Newindianexpress.com. 2014-02-10. Retrieved 2015-03-30.
- "At home in an alien land". Thehindu.com. 2014-09-19. Retrieved 2015-03-30.
- Poduval, Geeta. "Actress". Mumbai Mid Day.
- "Home". Ideapopcornstreet.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- INDIA FEST SEASON -5, 2014. "INDIA FEST SEASON 5 -2014 | India Social Cultural Centre". Iscabudhabi.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- "Dance for national unity". Afternoondc.in. 2015-01-06. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- "Nanma Foundation". Nanma Foundation. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- "Nanma Charitable Foundation". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- "Raagalaya|index|Music|Awards|Singers". Raagalayamusic.com. 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
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- "Eastern Panorama". Easternpanorama.in. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- "Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- "Musical Rain - Bahrain". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- "MUSICAL RAIN | DT News Bahrain". Dt.bh. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
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- "Babul Supriyo launched monograph of Kishore Kumar on his 86th birth anniversay". All Bollywood News. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- "K & K Social Foundation". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- "Vellivelichathil - Official Trailer". YouTube. 2014-08-04. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- Madhu Kaithapram
- "Laila Laila(Iniya) by Ahamed Ramshi, Deepankuran". YouTube. 2014-09-18. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- "Kandethal Promo". YouTube. 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- "Kandethal - Revelation". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- "Revelation Kandethal". Facebook. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- msukumarji. "KANDETHAL- THE SPIRITUAL FILM". Retrieved 15 May 2016.
- Special Correspondent. "Film on runaway children". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
- http://www.geonewsbox.com/new-malayalam-film-to-explore-indian-spirituality/[permanent dead link]
- "Malayalam Tv Serials Crime Branch - Nettv4u". nettv4u. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
- YouTube. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
- YouTube. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
- Nerolac excel umbrella ad. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2016 – via YouTube.
- "TEDx @JGIS Theme: How to Face Failure". Retrieved 15 May 2016.
- "Grass root action to Break the Glass Ceiling! - PRapport". Retrieved 15 May 2016.