Brij Kothari

Brij Kothari was born on 09 June 1964 in Nanded. He is an Indian Academic, Social Entrepreneur & Businessperson. 

Brij Kothari started his education at Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education (SAICE) in Pondicherry. He graduated from IIT Kanpur and did his PhD from Cornell University. He also did "Leadership for System Change: Delivering Social Impact at Scale" program from Harvard University.

He came back to India in 1996 and joined as a faculty in Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM Ahmedabad). While teaching his student's Communication he started working on SLS (Same language subtitling). In 1999 he made an effort to increase the frictional literacy rate in India by subtitling a Gujarati TV program named Chitrageet.

In 2002, Doordarshan network subtitled their national program Chitrahaar. Since 2006, SLS has been implemented on one weekly program each in Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Marathi. The main goal is to persuade broadcasting policy in India to implement SLS on all songs on TV, in all languages.

Birj Kothari is the president of PlanetRead, a non-profit involved in furthering Same Language Subtitling throughout the world. He is also the founder of BookBox a social venture funded by First Light Ventures that produces animated, read-along stories for children in languages such as English, Spanish, Mandarin, Hindi, and over 21 others.

His work was also selected by the as one of the projects for funding.


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