Meet Speaker Neelesh Misra
Neelesh Misra is a 39-year-old award-winning journalist, Bollywood lyrics and scripts writer, author, radio storyteller and photographer. As a journalist, he has covered some of the biggest stories out of South Asia. He has written four best-selling books. Neelesh is setting up a rural call centre and a rural newspaper in a backward village in remote Uttar Pradesh. He also writes Bollywood scripts, and is the creative director and the lyricist of Band Called NINE, India’s first writer-led band.
Neelesh started his career as a Bollywood lyricist, when while researching for a book in Mumbai, he met director Mahesh Bhatt, which led to his debut song Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai for Jism, this was followed by hit songs like Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai for Woh Lamhe , and went on write over 20 songs in over 15 films. In 2012, he co-wrote the screenplay for Salman Khan starrer, Ek Tha Tiger, along with film's director Kabir Khan.[
Neelesh Misra’s work has reached some of the biggest audio platforms in India including All India Radio, Red FM, Big FM, Radio City, Radio Mirchi, RadioMantra and the Saavn App. This includes storytelling on themes from urban romance to rural role models to governance, by India’s leading and most loved storyteller Neelesh Misra, also the founder of the Gaon Connection rural media enterprise, a prolific lyricist, scriptwriter, author, singer, speaker, journalist and Mentor.
Neelesh Misra's baritone voice and his flair for telling stories have resurrected the art of story-telling in Indian radio and he has been acknowledged as the Garrison Keillor of India by "The Washington Post". His award-winning primetime show, Yaadon Ka Idiot Box with Neelesh Misra on 92.7 BIG FM aired for four years across 45-cities, 1200 towns and 50,000+ villages. His work is seen as the biggest radio innovation in recent times. He narrates stories written by him and a group of writers he mentors every day. He has reached 60 million listeners every night through Red FM apart from millions reached every day through digital platforms.
An award-winning journalist, Neelesh has been the Deputy Executive Editor of India’s leading daily Hindustan Times, and previously a correspondent based out of South Asia for the world’s largest news agency, the Associated Press.During his two decades long career as a journalist, he covered some of the biggest stories of South Asia.He has travelled across India writing from faraway lands devastated by conicts, insurgency, natural calamities, and riots; full of social and political angst.
An entrepreneur, Neelesh has launched India’s first rural newspaper Gaon Connection. This is India’s first professionally run rural newspaper, hailed as one of the biggest media innovations in recent years. www.gaonconnection.com . It is India’s first comprehensive rural platform whosework straddles print, video, digital, training and ground activation through a massive community outreachprogram ("Swayam Project") which is set to reach a million rural people, as part of which atleast 3,000 rural journalistswill be created in remote, media-dark areas across Bihar, UPand Jharkhand to become powerful voices for their Communities
Neelesh mesmerizes and captivates his audience as they have never experienced before. This is a very unique and moving experience to be at his performance. During this performance he narrates a story and sings his favorite songs that he has written for Bollywood films. He is accompanied by his co-singers and musicians to make this experience unforgettable.
One of Bollywood’s prominent lyricists, Neelesh has written lyrics for more than 30 fillms. He has workedwith some of the leading composers such as Pritam,Sajid-Wajid, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy,Vishal-Shekhar, Anu Malikand Sandesh Shandilya.
As an eloquent speaker and inuential writer, entrepreneur, mentor and an award-winning journalist, he has been invited to many entrepreneurship events, literary festivals, events and TV discussions to share his thoughts and experiences