Geeta Dharmarajan is a writer, social entrepreneur, and educationist. An award-winning writer for children and adults, she has over 30 years of professional experience having served at the India Today Group of Companies, The University of Pennsylvania and INTACH, before Katha. Her deep interest in how children and communities learn led to her starting Katha in 1988. Her sense of organizational design and pro-poor innovations are the driving force at Katha, and she has to her credit the creation of, inter alia, Katha’s unique story pedagogy and earth-friendly curriculum that help make children families into leaders. She believes that translation is a counter-divisive force in India and has made Katha a respected name in literary translation.
She is honorary Chairperson of the National Bal Bhavan, Jawaharlal Nehru’s dream institution for children in India, across social and economic divides.
She was honored with the Padma Shri award in 2012 for her contributions in the field of Literature and Education.