This programme will have a special feature on a short film made by Vartika Nanda. Vartika Nanda has devoted herself to media teaching, practice, training and creating awareness towards the issues of crime against women through media and literature.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Stree Shakti Puraskar on her on the occasion of International Women’s Day at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on March 8, 2014.
With a PhD on the coverage of rape cases in Media, she is at present a permanent faculty at the Department of Journalism, Lady Shri Ram College of Delhi University. In the nearly 20 years of her career, she has taught TV Journalism for three years at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi as Associate Professor. She has also held various journalistic posts in electronic media including Zee TV, NDTV and Lok Sabha TV.
Her latest book, Tinka Tinka Tihar ( Co authored with Vimla Mehra, IPS, DG, Delhi Prisons) is the first book of collection of poems written by selected women inmates of Tihar Jail. Published in both English & Hindi by Rajkamal Prakashan, this book was released by the then Minister of Home Affairs, Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde, in 2013.
Her earlier book, Thee. Hoon.. Rahungi… (2012) had the distinction of being the first book of its kind having collection of poems centered on the issue of crime against women. This was an attempt to create sensitivity towards the issue. This book was selected for the Dr Radhakrishnan Memorial National Media Award and the Rituraj Parmpara Samman in 2012.
Vartika was a member of the expert committee on Prasar Bharti constituted in 2013 by the Government of India under the chairmanship of Shri Sam Pitroda (Advisor to the Prime Minister of India).
Vartika ventured into creating a musical track along with Vimlaa Mehra. The musical CD Tinka Tinka Tihar was sung and produced by Tihar inmates. This song is now one of the popular songs of Tihar.
Vartika did another innovation by making a short public service film Nanakpura Kuch Nahi Bhoolta centered around domestic violence. This film is based on the poetic journey, Thee. Hoon.. Rahungi… and was released by the then WCD Minister Smt Krishna Tirath. This film was chosen as the best documentary and was given the Ladli Media Award this February.
She has written 8 books. Her book – Television and Crime Reporting was given the Bhartendu Harichandra Award in 2007.
She was invited to the Vishwa Hindi Sammelan in Johannesberg in 2013 and also for the International Hindi Conference at New York organised by MEA in 2014. She was also invited as a special guest to the yearly
Jaipur Literary Festival 2014, the biggest literary festival in the world. She was also invited to the International Book Fair, 2014 as a speaker and moderator of a number of sessions. She was also an important speaker at the Literature Festival organised by National Law University, Cuttack.