Professional Timeline


M.A. in Economics from Nizam College, Osmania University, Hyderabad.

Occasionally lectured in Mass Communications at Bhavan's College of Mass Communication from 1966-73.

HOMI BHABHA FELLOW from 1970-72. Worked as Associate Producer at WGBH Boston, U.S.A.

Created 29 learning modules for the Satellite Television experiment for rural children in 1975.

Member of the National Council of Art, 1980-84.

Director, National Film Development Corporation, 1980-86.

Delivered "The Guardian" Lecture, London in 1988.


Chairman, Film & Television Institute of India, 1980-83 & 1989-92.

Delivered the first Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture, Calcutta, 1994.

Delivered the Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture, London, 1995.

Delivered the D.R. Mankekar Memorial Lecture, New Delhi, 1996.

Film Retrospectives have been held in London, Helsinki, Tokyo, New York, Chicago, Pesaro, La Rochelle, Paris, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Washington DC and several other places in the world.

Invited to read a paper on Mass Communication in underdeveloped countries at the World Advertising Congress in Paris, France in 1965.

Guest Professor at the UNESCO Scriptwriting Course at the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune in 1969.

Studied children's television at Children's Television Workshop, New York, U.S.A.

Awarded PADMA SHRI in 1976.

Awarded STATE PRIZE U.S.S.R. in 1985.

Member of the Senate, Goa University, 1986.

Member of the National Integration Council; NIC sub-committee; NIC sub-group in 1986/89.

Awarded PADMA BHUSHAN in 1991.

Member of the National Foundation for Communal Harmony, 1992.

Member of the Indian National Commission for co-operation with UNESCO 1995.

Delivered the Nehru Memorial Lecture, London, 1995.

Member of the Faculty, Salzburg Seminar, Salzburg, Austria in June 1994 and October 1999.