wears many hats and her fiery passion to make a difference is evident in the
choices she has made in her life and work. She is known to never shy away from
controversial issues and unconventional roles and has chosen to be part of
stories that she feels need to be told. She has acted in over 30 feature films
in ten different languages with many eminent directors like Mrinal Sen, Adoor
Gopalakrishnan, Shyam Benegal, Deepa Mehta, Mani Ratnam and others.
directorial debut feature film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2008,
and has traveled to over 50 festivals, winning over 20 awards and much
appreciation from audiences and critics. She has been on the jury of Cannes
Film Festival twice (2005 and 2013), among others. The French Government conferred
her with the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l'Ordre
des Arts et des Lettres), their prestigious civilian award. In 2011 Nandita Das
was the first Indian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International
Women’s Forum. Nandita did her Masters in Social Work from University of Delhi
and worked with various NGOs, before she made forays into films. She continues
to advocate issues of social justice, especially those of women, children and
the marginalised communities, through various platforms.
She has been a
featured speaker at many reputed universities and social forums, both in India
and abroad. She writes a monthly column called the Last Word, for the magazine,
The Week. She was the Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society, India, where
she made many big and small changes to revamp the organization.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.