Award winning journalist and author, Mini Menon & history enthusiast Akshay Chavan today announced the launch of their new venture ‘Live History India’. Live History India is a first of its kind digital platform focused on bringing alive Indian History and taking it to a wide array of new age audiences across the world. With the promise of bringing together the ‘Stories that make India’, Live History India aims to help Indians and history lovers across the world.
Talking about the launch Mini Menon, Editor and Co- Founder of Live History India said, “We are excited to launch Live History India. We believe it is time to create an India centred and focused new age content platform on Indian history and culture. We aim to use innovative multimedia formats to create exciting content on India and bridge the gap by taking history outside text books. With more and more Indians spending money to travel across India, LHI believes that there is a huge need gap that needs to be filled. LHI has a rich multimedia content pipeline planned for this.”
On the first round of funding Mini adds, “Live History India is positioned right in the centre of Digital India, Make in India, Start up India, Smart Cities and Incredible India. We have been lucky to get some great strategic partners and history enthusiasts on board as investors. Our investors share our vision of creating a world class product on India, from India!”
LHI Digital Private Ltd, the holding company of Live History India has also announced its first round of funding by a group of strategic investors. Cyrus Guzder, the Chairman and Managing Director of AFL logistics and Technology Consultancy and seed funding firm 5F led by Dr Ganesh Natrajan, the former Chairman of the NASSCOM Foundation are among the first investors in LHI Digital Network Pvt Ltd.
The focus of the LHI team is on putting out deeply researched and insightful stories as Akshay Chavan says, “We have a small but strong in house team of passionate youngsters who bring skill and enthusiasm. We also have a growing list of contributors – top historians and authors who will be writing for us.’ Akshay who is driving this initiative of reaching out to India experts across the world adds, “We have over 50 top historians and authors as our contributors. Each of these people have been selected for their deep insights and body of work. By the year end, we expect this number to cross 100.”
LHI intends to transform the experiences of its audiences by deploying immersive & innovative technology solutions. Over the next 24 months, many new facets will be added to make information quicker, interactive and accessible to large number of people across the world. Given that LHI intends be at the forefront of the digital revolution that will transform the way audiences relate to content and also play a role in facilitating a transformation of the tourism sector, it has chosen its technology platform – built by Quintype, a young start-up based in California / Bangalore. Quintype’s Audience Technology Platform and their experience in digital publishing, big data & analytics and hyper personalization will help LHI customise content.
Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal, renowned columnist and Director of Mumbai Literature Live; Anil Dharkar, Former Bureaucrat and India’s first Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah and Malvika Singh, the Publisher of Seminar will be joining Mr Cyrus Guzder and Dr. Ganesh Natarajan on the Live History India’s Board of Advisors.
Live History India also has a robust revenue plan and will work with a cross section of brands, and stakeholders including State Governments to build content on India’s history, culture and travel.