Sashi Kumar

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Sashi Kumar
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Born Karoopadnna, Kodungalloor, Kerala
Occupation Journalist, media personality, film director, actor
Known for Chairman, Asian College of Journalism
Spouse(s) Radhika

Sashi Kumar is a prominent media personality from Kerala, India. He is the founder of India’s first regional satellite TV channel Asianet.[1] He founded and chairs the Media Development Foundation, the not for profit public trust which set up and runs the prestigious Asian College of Journalism in Chennai. 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 “When Big Trees Fall” by writer N.S Madhavan.[1][2][3] He is currently the chairman of Asian College of Journalism.


Sashi Kumar was born at Karoopadanna near Kodungalloor in Thrissur District of Kerala.[1] He completed his graduation from Loyola college, and took post graduation in history from Madras Christian College. Sashi Kumar started his career in Dooradharshan as a newsreader and producer. Later he worked in PTI-TV as chief producer and general manager of PTI.[4] He authored and presented independent programs on the economy, politics and culture on Indian television like Money Matters, Tana Bana and Jan Manch. Sashi Kumar is a well known film maker as well. He scripted and directed Kaya Taran (Chrysalis) in Hindi based on the story "When Big Trees Fall" by writer N. S. Madhavan. The film won him the G. Aravindan award as the best debut filmmaker of 2004. He acted in Malayalam movies, Iniyum Marichittillatha Nammal, Balyakalasakhi and Loudspeaker.


  • Member, Empowered Committee on Information, Communication & Technology (ICE), Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi.
  • Member,India Director on the Board of Real News – Independent World Television.
  • Member of the Anjuman (court) of the Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi, South Asia Foundation (SAF).
  • Chairman, Asian College of Journalism


  • Unmediated: Essays on Media, Culture and Cinema, Tulika Books, 2014


  • Viayaraghavan Memorial Award for contribution to journalism,2007
  • G. Aravindan award for Best Debut Filmmaker of 2004 for Kaya Taran