It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph
begins with you always. – Oprah Winfrey
The secret of living is to find a pivot, the pivot of a concept
on which you can make your stand. – Luigi Pirandello
Kamla Bhatt is the host and producer of The Kamla Show, an internet radio show where listeners can find stories about technology, entrepreneurship, Hollywood, Bollywood, arts and culture from Silicon Valley in California to Bangalore, India.
Based in Silicon Valley, Kamla is a pioneer of ‘internet radio’ format. She started her first show ‘News about India,” followed by “TalkNewsIndia” in 2005. In 2006 she premiered her new show: “The Kamla Bhatt Show: Life, People and Ideas.” In 2008 the name of the show was changed to “The Kamla Show.”
“We need heroes and role models that are relevant to the new and emerging globalized world. There are hundreds of stories out there of inspiration, motivation and innovation waiting to be discovered and told. I am passionate about telling those stories and getting them heard,” says Kamla.
The eclectic nature of the show is designed to appeal to an inquisitive and thinking person, who wants to listen to and enjoy a good conversation. The show is broadly divided into Life, People and Ideas.
The focus of The Kamla Show is to present consistently good conversations that can enrich you. When listening to these conversations the goal is to help you find “the elation that comes of swift contact with the tingling currents of thoughts,” as Agnes Repplier, the American essayist put it. And that “swift contact” might spark off when you listen to a writer describe how they found inspiration for their novel, or an entrepreneur talk of their struggle to build their company, or hear a film maker discuss how they can up with the storyline for their film.
Guests on her show include pioneers, visionaries, entrepreneurs and creative artists like Prof. Freeman Dyson, Ed Norton, Danny Boyle, AR Rahman, Ninja Srinivasan, Tim O’Reilly, Reid Hoffman, Mitchell Baker, Pico Iyer, Shyam Benegal, Mia Wasikowska, Madhur Jaffrey, Cory Fukunaga, Yogen Dalal, Shekhar Kapoor, Ehsaan Noorani, Abhishek Bachchan, Javed Akhtar and Kittu Kolluri.
Kamla started her media career during the dotcom boom in the mid-1990s in Silicon Valley. Through her work in Silicon Valley’s tech companies she gained an insider’s perspective into the startup culture. Her articles have been published in Financial Express, Business Standard, Times of India, Outlook, India Abroad, Rediff, Silicon India and Mantram. Her online radio works has been featured on the BBC and local US radio stations and syndicated by shows like Podtech among others. She helped launch Indian business newspaper Mint’s online radio station in 2008. Mint is partnered with The Wall Street Journal. On Thursday mornings you can find her from 7 to 11 am on 90.1 FM, KZSU, Stanford’s radio station where she hosts “It’s Bollywood” and “Stanford Spotlight.”
Kamla has an undergraduate degree in History and Economics from Women’s Christian College, Chennai, India; a Masters in International Relations and Political Economy from Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA and an MPhil in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
She and her husband divide their time between the USA and India.
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