Dhiraj Singh is Director MIT World Peace University’s School of Media & Journalism and ‘The Idea Lab’—a unique hub of communication innovation & design. He has a vast experience in strategic communication & media, across different platforms which include PRINT, TV, DIGITAL, FILM & BRANDING. His expertise also extends to digital communication and formulating strategies for institutions, advocacy groups, legislative and policy think-tanks and at innovating fresh and creative modes of outreach. He is also a documentary filmmaker who created and presented a series on the amazing and colourful fairs of India.
Before this he was co-founder of Hunar TV, an arts & culture web channel that aimed to make the arts (all arts—including visual arts, music, dance, film, performance art, food & more) the talking-point of a wider audience. He also has an arts column called #ArtIsEverywhere with NDTV-Mojarto. He has recently authored two books—one on translated poetry and the other a biography. His book of translated poems by Jnanpith awardee Saumitra Saxena is called ‘I Like To Wash My Face With Seawater’. The book is called ‘A Life in Two Lanes’ and it is a biography of Uma Jain, the first woman art gallerist in India and also one of the first woman Supreme Court lawyers of India.
Till August 2016 Dhiraj Singh was Executive Director-Programmes (rank of Joint Secretary) at Lok Sabha Television—the TV channel of the lower house of the Indian Parliament. At LSTV he was in charge of creating programmes—shows and documentaries—with an aim of bringing ‘Parliament closer to the Public’. He was leading a team of more than 80 professionals. He was also the Officer-in-Charge for a landmark event at Parliament House when former US President Barack was invited to address both Houses of Parliament at Central Hall. Dhiraj Singh was responsible for the live international broadcast of this historic event where America’s first Black President was speaking in Parliament on the invitation of the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha (Smt. Meira Kumar). He also served as a Consultant to Smt. Meira Kumar looking at her outreach as Hon’ble Speaker of Lok Sabha, writing many of her important speeches at key events such as the International Union of Parliamentarians, Commonwealth Speakers & Presiding Officers Conference and for many other international visits. He was later promoted to Executive Director by Smt. Sumitra Mahajan who became the second woman Speaker of Lok Sabha. Many programmes conceptualized and created during his time at Lok Sabha TV went on to win prestigious media awards such as Ramnath Goenka Award, Ladli Media Award among others.
His early years were spent in print journalism during which he worked with some of India’s best & leading publications such as OUTLOOK magazine, HINDUSTAN TIMES, TIMES OF INDIA & ASIAN AGE. This has given him a lot of journalistic rigour and an in-depth understanding of issues, working with some of India’s legendary editors such as Vinod Mehta, M.J. Akbar and Vir Sanghvi. Vinod Mehta was especially instrumental in shaping the way he approached long-format stories. This rich varied experience of both current affairs and arts and culture has provided Dhiraj Singh with the capacity to pick out important issues especially those with deep resonance with a wide variety of audiences.
Due to his personal interest in alternative therapies and transformational spirituality he launched a page dedicated to the same in Hindustan Times in the late 1990s. During this time, he had the fortune of interviewing luminaries such as Dada Vaswani and Reiki Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui among many others.
In television he was associated with the TV Today Network when it launched India’s second English language news channel then called Headlines Today (now called ‘India Today’).
He is extremely well-versed in Hindi and English and can anchor, write and produce in both languages. He has also translated works of eminent writers such as Premchand, Nirmal Verma, Bhisham Sahni, Ajeet Cour and Asghar Wajahat among others into English. He is a published short-story writer (in English) and is working on his first novel.