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Subhash Chandra

Born :30 November 1950
Place:Mumbai, Maharashtra
Occupations :Chairman of Essel Group
Nationality :Indian

Subhash Chandra (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 Vidyalayas all over the country. The movement aims to help eradicate illiteracy from rural and tribal India by 2011.

Chandra is the founder-Chairman of the Global Foundation for Civilizational Harmony, an interfaith group. He was also given Emmy award in 2011.

Last Updated on : 17-May-2013

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