Over the years many wonderful people have worked with us, influenced us, supported us, and partnered with us. Some have moved on. While others continue to be part of the journey.
Ajay Jaiman (Founder, Director)
Pitara was founded by Ajay Jaiman in 1998. He led the company through the tumultuous, yet exciting, times of start-up, VC funding, rapid growth and down-time survival, ensuring that, while the ship stayed afloat, the company’s commitment to a safe media environment for children never got compromised.
Arti Jaiman (Co-Founder, Director)
Arti Jaiman has spent 16 years as a journalist exploring the various dimensions of art and education. She has studied journalism at Indiana University, Bloomington and worked for many years with the Arts Pages of The Economic Times (India’s leading financial daily), writing on art, culture, design and gender issues before co-founding Pitara.
Chitra Padmanabhan (Editor)
Chitra Padmanabhan has spent over 25 years with leading Indian newspapers like The Economic Times, The Hindustan Times, The Pioneer and Tehelka, writing on issues ranging from culture, cinema, history, arts, women’s issues and more. Chitra is the Editorial Head of Pitara.
The team has singly and jointly worked extensively with and for children, be it technology initiatives for children in far flung areas of India, curriculum textbooks that make learning interactive and enjoyable, and collaborative projects that brought together more than 20,000 children from across India to create a montage of “their India.” Besides creating over 15,000 pages of extremely rich content for Pitara, the Pitara editorial team has written a social studies curriculum book for SCERT, Delhi, a 100,000-page manuscript documenting the child development and rights scenario in India for the last 50 years, and news stories written for a dedicated child audience.
We are thankful for the support, encouragement and material provided by:
- National Book Trust (NBT)
- National Centre for Children’s Literature (NCCL)
- Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT)
- Mr. Arvind Gupta -science educator and author of amazing books like Match stick Meccano and Little Science.
- Paro Anand
- Kamala Bhasin – Jagori
- Dr. Smita Desai – Drishti
- Sadanand Menon
Alphabetic list of our authors, contributors and editors. Ajay DasguptaA N D HaksarA.N PednekarAditi DeAdya TiwariAjay DasguptaAjay JaimanAkshay B. SinghAlex ChilampathAlka Shankar and Sharleen MukundanAmbita VerdiAmrita ChakAmtoj SinghAnand Dev SharmaAnand J DevAnand ShekharAngela Castellanos ArangurenAnil KhannaAnjan SarkarAnnapurna NehruAnonymousAnubha YadavAnupa LalAnuradha AgarwalaAnushrutAnwar EnayetullahApurva ShahArti JaimanAruna GopakumarArup Kumar DuttaArvind GuptaAs told to B SumangalAshok DavarAshok K VaishAsif AnsariAtish and Nitish KulkarniAurobrata GhoshAuthor unknownAyodhya Singh UpadhyayaAyodhya Singh Upadhyaya HariaudhB SumangalB. SumangalBalasubramanianBandita NathBarbara GilesBelinder DhanoaBenita SenBharathi GhanashyamBhaswati GhoshBhavendra Nath SakiaBhisham SahniBill CondonBindu MishraBrishti BandyopadhyayCheryl RaoChief SeattleChitra KrishnanChitra PadmanabhanCyrus TahbazDaiji KawasakiDeepa AggarwalDhan Gopal MukerjiDilip M. SalwiDipankar GhoseDivir JainDoo-Young LeeDronvir KohliEmily DickinsonFaraz UsmaniGargi PantGauhar RazaGayatri JayalGeetika AnandGeorge AbrahamGeorge EliotGetika JainGijubhai BadhekaGita IyengarGobar TimesGowri MohanakrishnanH.C. MadanHakku ShahHaleyHarinder Dhanoa MotiharHarindranath ChattopadhyayaHema RaoHenry Wadsworth LongfellowIndia By KidsIndu RanaJ.B.S. HaldaneJasleen DhamijaJessie WeeJim NichollsJoveen JoseJujja and Tomas WieslanderKamakshi BalasubramanianKamla MathurKamlesh MohindraKhushboo BankaKomalKonish BiswasKrishKusum ChamoliLaxmi MurthyLeelawati BhagwatM KrishnanMadhu GurungMalini JoshiMamta SahniManav SuriManish PandeyManisha DeveshvarManisha DeveshwarManjula PadmanabhanManoj DasManoj DasMargaret BhattyMarian DouglasMarlinelza B de OliveiraMeera JoshiMeera JoshiMeera UberoiMelanie SequieraMir Najabat AliMoen SenMohuya ChaudhuriMohuya ChoudharyMohuya ChoudhuryMoushumi MohantyN C RamaaN.C. RanaNaman SarafNandini R. PennaNewsJoy TeamNidhi MehtaNieves S VillafloresNirankar Dev SevakNirankar Dev SewakNitya RamakhrishnanNitya RamakrishnaNitya RamakrishnanNonika SahgalNoopurmadhuri TijareOlive A WadsworthP. N. BanerjiPadmini SharmaPankaj BishtPannalal PatelParamita KarParo AnandParul DewanPooja DesaiPoulami DasPrachi RaturiPrasanna HulikaviPrayag ShuklaPrithviraj MongaPriya. NPushpesh PantR. K. LaxmanRahul ChakRam Kumar PandayRama Kumaraswamy ThoopalRaman SwamyRamendra KumarRamesh Chandra ShahRamnaresh TripathiRampati ShuklaRandhi SomarajuRangarajanRashmi V.RReena DeyRishika Das RoyRitu AsthanaRosy, Tulika, NikitarRudyard KiplingS.P. ChatterjeaSaakshi KhannaSafdar HashmiSalim Ali and Laeeq FutehallySanchariniSanthini GovindanSanyukta ChaudhuriSarveshdayal SaxenaSarveshwar Dayal SaksenaSatyanshu MohanShatrunjay HegdeSheila SharmaShilpaShiv VisvanathanShobha GhoshShri PrasadShruti GoelaShveta SarinSiraj AnwarSonali PotaSoumya BalakrishnanSowmyaSubhadra Kumari ChauhanSubhadra SenguptaSudarshan KhannaSudheer NathSudhirSujit ThomasSundara RamaswamySunitha SujirSurekha PanandikarSushama ShettySwapna DattaSwapna DuttaSwaran SahodarTeam PitaraTeiji SetaThakur Shrinath SinghThelma J. TallooTodd-Michael St. PierreTripta BatraTripta KaurUma AnandUma Shankar JoshiUpasana SharmaUsha JoshiV KrishnaswamyVenu AroraVerrier ElwinVibha SinghVichitra VijaykumarVishnu PrabhakarVishrutVishwajyoti GhoshWill Allen DromgooleWoodpeckerWynne Harlen and Jos ElstgeestZai Whitaker