(born 30 November 1950) is a onetime rice exporter-turned media baron and Chairman of Essel Group
, that launched India
's satellite television
revolution. The Zee chairman dropped out after standard 12. His pioneering channel Zee TV
competes with, among others, Sony Entertainment Television
and STAR Plus
. Other interests include packaging, theme parks, lotteries and cinema multiplexes. He started the failed Indian Cricket League
, a domestic Twenty20 cricket
league intended as a challenge to the Board of Control for Cricket in India
, the nation's governing body in the sport. In November 2009, he took over management responsibility of Daily News & Analysis
(DNA), which features among the top 8 English dailies in India and is one of fastest growing English newspapers in the country.
Transnational Alternate Learning for Emancipation and Empowerment thorough Multimedia TALEEM
Research Foundation was set up by Chandra as a literary, scientific and charitable society and trust in May 1996.
Chandra is the President of the Global Vipassana Foundation
in his capacity as a Vipassana meditator. Having completed the Vipassana course in the 1990s, he was impelled to spread the philosophy of mental purification through self-observation.
Chandra is the Chairman of Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India, a charitable trust that initiates, supports and runs non-formal one teacher schools called Ekal Vidyalaya
s all over the country. The movement aims to help... Read More