News reading :

His love for reading the news began even while he was at school. He wrote to Melville de Mellow the great commentator and newscaster, who asked him to complete college and then apply to read news at AIR. After a few years, he joined AIR and then later DDK and read news for over 25 years in both media. He was one of the first news readers of Doordarshan Chennai and was perhaps the first differently abled person to rise up to the level of Senior Administrative Grade officer in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.

For three years, he was also Public Relations Manager with Indian Bank and was instrumental in bringing out the in house magazine IndImage and also for conducting the Platinum jubilee of the bank. The bank is now celebrating its 100th year. Having been at the helm of affairs in the news room for over two decades, he has thorough knowledge of news writing, reporting, visual editing and manpower management.

He has acted in a couple of Tamil films including one by name Vaaname Ellai directed by K Balachander. The film was a super hit and H Ramakrishnan's role as a disabled person (which he is in real life too) who changes the mind of youngsters, who wanted to commit suicide had made a remarkable impact on the film viewing public.

Reading news in All India Radio.

Journalism :

The first person to start piece to the camera (where the reporter holds the mike and shows his face on TV) on Tamil News, H Ramakrishnan has been a great source of inspiration for many. He has wielded the microphone for many important assignments including the launch of rockets from Sriharikota and caught politicians and VIPs like Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, Former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, President Abdul Kalam for quotes.

For Doordarshan he has interviewed Industrialists N Mahalingan and M A M Ramaswamy, Musicians like Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, D. K Pattammal, Actors Gemini Ganesan, Thengai Srinivasan, Prem Nazir, Balachandra Menon, Thikkurisi Sukumaran Nair, Madhu, journalists Dinamalar Krishnamurthy, Tugluk Cho Ramaswamy and Shivandhi Aadhithan of the Dina Thanthi.


Experience Summary:

·         More than 40 years experience in media, India. 26 years in Television Media
·         Director - News Unit of Doordarshan Kendra, Chennai – India for over ten years
·         Worked in Senior Administrative Grade of the Indian Information Service, India
·         Experienced All India Radio (AIR) Newsreader / Translator since 1962
·         Was an auditioned Drama artiste of AIR. “Nagarvalams”(news reel) and “Sandror Chinathanai” (thought for the day) are very popular creations of mine.
·         Took part in a BBC - sponsored Thompson Foundation training programme on Television News Management
·         Experienced in Live media coverages, editing (including visuals) and reporting
·         Experienced in voiced over stories – both in the Regional and National News bulletins in English, Tamil and Hindi
·         Experienced in interviewing high profile personalities from all walks of life including foreign dignitaries
·        Experienced in producing soaps for Doordarshan, Chennai and Trivandrum – including Here’s Crazy (of Crazy Mohan). Thorough in all aspects of media       production including visual editing.
·        Experienced working with Press Information Bureau and Field Publicity – arms of the Government of India that deal with publicity and the jobs involved constant ·         interaction with media and feeding reporters with appropriate stories.
·         Have experience of three years at Indian Bank (on deputation) as its Public Relations Manager
·         Retired as the Regional Director, Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP) a Indian Government undertaking at Chennai, India
·         Received the Highest State Award “Kalaimamani" from Tamil Nadu Government
·         Invited to present a lecture-demonstration at Music department of Illinois State University on ‘An Introduction to South Indian Classical Music’
·         Appointed as CEO with Jeppiar group of Companies