Sumanth C. Raman

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Sumanth Raman
Born Sumanth C. Raman
Occupation Sports commentator, TV Anchor
Years active 1995-present

Sumanth C. Raman is a Tamil television anchor, sports commentator.[1] He is the host of BSNL Sports Quiz on Doordarshan's Podhigai TV channel. On October 2 2016, BSNL Sports Quiz celebrated its 750th episode, continuing to be India's longest running quiz program.


Dr Raman holds a Diploma in Child Health and an MD in General Medicine. He also holds a Diploma in Computer Applications.[2] He currently works with one of India’s biggest IT companies in the Healthcare vertical. He is also a consultant in General Medicine at a leading hospital in Chennai.


Dr Raman’s BSNL Sports Quiz is in the Limca Book of Records for being the longest running weekly quiz show on Indian television[3] Previously, he was the anchor of All Out for No Loss! on STAR Vijay[4]

As a sports commentator, he has hosted over 2000 sports programs, including the Asia Cup Hockey Tournament (2007), the Twenty 20 Cricket World Cup in Tamil for ESPN Star Sports (2007), and the World Team Squash Championships (2007). He also provided commentary for the Squash World Cup of 2011[5] He frequently appears as a featured sports analyst on Puthiya Thalaimurai , Dinathanthi etc.,

Aside from Sports, he also does live coverage of current affairs. In 2009, he was involved with the analyses and debate over the Lok Sabha Polls for Zee Tamil, the Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections 2011 on DD Podhigai, Pre Poll Debates and Analysis on Zee Tamil in 2011 and election-day live coverage on DD Podhigai. He has hosted political debate shows, including Makkal Theerpu and Nattu Nadappu (both for Win TV) and Tamizha Tamizha on STAR Vijay.

He frequently as a political analyst and guest speaker for Headlines Today, NewsX and Times Now.

As a documentary filmmaker, he has been involved with the making over 200 television documentaries, including "Power of the Ballot" in 1996, for which he won a National Award for Best Anchor, awarded by the UGC. He was also the winner of the Sony-ICD Video Award for the best film in the South and South East Asian category for These Leaves Never Wither[6]

He has also been a senior anchor at State functions. Since 1993, he has been compering the State Independence Day and Republic Day celebrations in Chennai. In 2012, he also anchored the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the Tamil Nadu State Legislative Assembly and the Sesquicentennial Celebrations of the Madras High Court.[7] He has also compered the Inaugural Function of the World Tamil Conference in 2010[8] and the '100 Years of Indian Cinema' state celebrations in 2013.

He is a regular contributor to print media, and his work appears in The Economic Times, India Today and The Hindu[9]

Dr Raman is a senior quiz master, having conducted over 1000 Quiz shows over the last 2 decades.

Notable Media Appearances[edit]

Title Year Type Channel
Power of the Ballot 1995 Documentary DD Podhigai
These Leaves Never Wither 1998 Documentary DD Podhigai
Asianet Poll-98 1998 Live News Asianet
All Out For No Loss! 1999-2000 Quiz STAR Vijay
Tamizha Tamizha 2001 Magazine Program STAR Vijay
Hallo Ungaludan 1998-2001 Talk Show DD Podhigai
Lok Sabha Elections 2005 2005 Live News Win TV
Nattu Nadappu 2004-2005 Talk Show Win TV
BSNL Sports Quiz 2002 – present Quiz DD Podhigai
Lok Sabha Elections 2009 2009 Live News Zee Tamil
Documentary on Kancheepuram Silk 2010 Documentary DD Podhigai
Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections 2011 2011 Live News Zee Tamil
Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections 2011-Counting Day 2011 Live News DD Podhigai
Makkal Theerpu 2011 Talk Show Makkal TV
Madras and the Freedom Movement 2011 Documentary DD Podhigai
The Vanishing Sparrow 2013 Documentary DD Podhigai
Puthia Pathai Puthia Payanam (feature on the Chennai Metro Rail) 2013 Documentary DD Podhigai
Documentary on AIR Chennai for Platinum Jubilee Celebrations 2013 Documentary All India Radio Chennai
Prof. K.R. Sundararajan Centenary Inter College Quiz Competition 2014 Quiz DD Podhigai
Janavani Election Special 2014 Debate program DD Podhigai
Achu Alasal 2015 - Present Current Affairs Thanthi TV
Thamizhagathin Mastermind 2015 - Present Quiz show All India Radio FM Rainbow


  1. ^ "SCALING new heights". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 5 Jan 2004. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  2. ^ [1].
  3. ^ "BSNL sports quiz enters Limca book of records". The Times Of India. 22 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Scoring high on popularity". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 17 March 2003. 
  5. ^ Paitandy, Priyadarshini (13 December 2011). "On the buzzer". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 
  6. ^ [2].
  7. ^ "Sesquicentennial of the Madras High Court". Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  8. ^ []
  9. ^ Raman, Sumanth (30 Dec 2012). "Doctors in the dark". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 3 April 2013.