Ganesh Rajaraman

Ganesh Rajaraman

Senior Producer

I have always been fascinated by storytelling; my mom introduced me to epics and literature through stories - even a math problem was explained with a story, and it stuck on.

Having learned from the best minds during my stints at various media houses, I ventured out to work as an independent media resource specialist. With the technical expertise in my hand, I went back to the basics of finding stories to tell, and that led to a myriad of gigs that have sustained and deepened my interest.

I am most comfortable in the field, meeting people, listening to what they have to say and doing my best to portray those for the world to see.

With over 15 years of experience in media, I bring my own perspective and much of my sensibilities into each film I direct, shoot and edit — which makes the narrative stand out. I have also had opportunities to work with some leading NGOs.

I have been conceptualising, creating and executing video content across mediums, including music festivals and events. On the broadcast front, I have produced, directed and scripted a 10-part series for the Discovery network’s Travel and Living show called the 'Great Indian World Trip.'

I can be contacted at Ganesh@Newsreel.Asia.


MAPPING INDIA, Punjab I August 2022
Video I 50 Minutes
By Surabhi Singh
It was out of curiosity that Pavitra tasted alcohol for the first time when he was at school. His adventure soon turned into drug abuse, addiction … and even crime. The story of Pavitra, who lives in Punjab state’s Sri Muktsar Sahib district, may resemble the stories of nearly four million people in the state who abuse substances. Sadly though, few may reach the resolution that he did. But, hopefully, many can, with the inspiration he has to offer.

Till Debt Do Us Part

MAPPING INDIA, Punjab  I July 2022
Video I 19 Minutes
By Ganesh Rajaraman
Deep in debt, Gurjeet Kaur’s father lost hope, and interest, in life. Kaur’s brother, who inherited the debt, followed suit. Like Kaur, thousands of women in the agricultural state of Punjab have similar stories to tell, as farming is becoming increasingly unsustainable and more and more farmers are finding themselves in debt traps over the years.


MAPPING INDIA, Delhi  I July 2022
Video I 18 Minutes
By Abhishek Yadav
Munna Singh, 19, a second-generation migrant worker, is a full-time supplier of water bottles and a part-time dog walker in the slums of Govindpuri, Delhi. As he is working hard to make ends meet for his family, his life resembles that of millions of interstate migrant workers in India’s capital. Here’s a day in his life.


MAPPING INDIA, Uttarakhand I January 2022
Video I 31 Minutes
By Surabhi Singh
Lakshmi Gauniyal’s day starts at dawn and she rests only after dusk. She does all the work, from preparing meals to cutting wood from trees to sowing seeds in their agricultural field and earning money from labour under the government’s social security measure MNREGA. Had it not been for women like Lakshmi, families would have been compelled to migrate away from their villages in Uttarakhand state’s mountainous Pauri Garhwal district. The self-reliant village economy, of which women are the backbone, is what is preventing mass migration in this district.

In the Guise of Love

Episode 3, ‘Trafficked’ I December 2021
Video I 13 Minutes
By Surabhi Singh
Shaheen (not her real name) is one of many women in West Bengal state’s Murshidabad district who believe that when men propose for marriage, they do so out of true love, not knowing that it could be mere pretence of love being used by human traffickers to sell them for labour or sex, or both. Shaheen has been rescued but her suffering carries on.

West Bengal’s Submerged Villages

Newsreel I December 2021
Video I 13 Minutes
By Jessica Goel
Millions of people in India’s West Bengal state have been facing the brunt of meandering rivers for years. Over the last decade, entire villages living on “Charlands” – river islands that emerge as a result of a river changing its path – have had to move to nearby patches of land for up to 16 times. Despite the continual displacement en masse, neither the central government nor the state government of West Bengal has a comprehensive policy to compensate or rehabilitate them, complains Dr. Abul Kalam Mohammad, a professor of geography at Aliah University in Kolkata.

Kashmiriyat Fractured

Newsreel I September 2021
Video I 24 Minutes
By Ganesh Rajaraman, Jessica Goel, Surabhi Singh
Three decades after his brutal displacement, Rajinder Koul Premi, a Hindu from Kashmir, is still looking for answers, especially what led to the collapse of the region’s syncretic society? Will he get the answers? Will he be able to reconcile with the loss?

Dinner with the Kaws

Episode 2, ‘The Dinner Table’ I July 2021
Video I 27 Minutes
By Harshita Rathore, Ganesh Rajaraman, Abhishek
Fleeing Kashmir in 1990, as over 70,000 other families did under threat from violence by Islamist militants, the Kaw family resettled in the northern India but they still miss their “home.” Host Harshita Rathore explores what identity-based discrimination and violence do to the minds and hearts of members of a community.
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