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Malayalam Film and Television Chamber of Commerce

Malayalam Film and Television Chamber of Commerce

Prof. Lakshmi Padmanabhan

The Chairperson of the Malayalam Film and Television Chamber of Commerce Prof. Lakshmi Padmanabhan is a multi-faceted personality. She is an M.A. and M. Phil in English Language and Literature. In addition, she holds a Diploma in Higher Education, a Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication and a Certificate in Political Governance for Women, from the S P Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai.

She has over 35 years of experience as an English Lecturer and Professor in colleges in Mumbai as well as in the South. In the South, she worked as Lecturer in English in Mercy College, Palakkad, Sri Avinashilingam Home Science College, Coimbatore and Providence College for Women, Kozhikode.

Besides being a full time faculty member in the LU & MV College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Andheri East, Mumbai, she had worked as Visiting Faculty at the SIES College of Commerce & Economics, Sion, Ramniranjan Jhunjhunwala College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Ghatkopar West, K J Somaiya College of Commerce & Economics, Ghatkopar East, PVG College of Science & Technology, Ghatkopar East, and the University of Mumbai, Kalina Campus. She had also been a Soft Skills Trainer at a Management College in Thane affiliated to the Hyderabad based ICFAI University.
Currently she is associated with a coaching programme called Sainik Prasikshan conducted by the Defence Services Officers’ Institute, Palakkad, an organization of officers retired from the armed forces. It is basically a career guidance cum training programme aimed at attracting the youth towards officer cadre careers in the Indian Armed Forces.

Another voluntary work she is engaged in now is with the Pravasi Gandhi Darshan Vedi. She is the Chairperson of its wing in Palakkad District.

Prof. Lakshmi Padmanabhan is a mix of many things, a shape shifter if you will, thanks to her habit of reinventing herself at the different stages of her life. Born, brought up and educated in the South, she got married to a Mumbaikar and came to Bombay as the city was known in 1980. The dual life as Keralite and Mumbaikar continues to date. For nearly all official purposes, she is still a Mumbaikar though she is obliged to spend more time in Palakkad these days.

Right now, her image in the cultural circles of her hometown, Palakkad and elsewhere in Kerala, is of a Film Producer, a patron of good cinema and the arts after she produced an award winning feature film in Malayalam titled “Kamboji” in 2017.

She has always been in love with the media – print to begin with, then audio visual and now the internet and social media. Journalism for her is, to borrow poet Robert Frost’s words, the road not taken. She, however, dabbled in it as a freelancer. Her reviews and features were published in prestigious magazines of the 80’s like The Illustrated Weekly of India, Eves Weekly, Mirror, Care etc. She had given talks on AIR, Mumbai and taken part and won prizes in television quiz programmes in Doordarshan’s heyday.

Her latest Avatar is as a Vlogger. Her YouTube channel on Mahatma Gandhi called Gandhigiri is being well received by viewers.

The Malayalam Film and TV Chamber of Commerce is truly privileged to have Prof. Lakshmi Padmanabhan as the Chairperson of its Board of Directors.