Deepak Thimaya is a well-known TV personality, presenter, senior journalist, entrepreneur, teacher, film-maker, producer, trainer, writer, artist, debate promoter, dramatist, brand consultant, advertising professional, social entrepreneur, political analyst and motivational speaker.
He has close to twenty five years of experience in television and started his TV career as an actor. He has acted in popular Kannada tele-serials and also played cameo roles in several popular movies. Later, he moved on to become a TV presenter and was predominantly associated with Udaya TV, although he did shows for Doordarshan right in his early days.
He has presented numerous programs ranging from news magazines to quiz shows and political interviews. His shows, ‘Time to Talk’, ‘Jedara Balé’, ‘Special Reporter’, and ‘Sanjeevini’ are not just popular, but have also had immense social impact and influence. His political interview ‘Jedara Balé’ is the longest running interview show on Kannada television. He has been a promoter and producer of health shows, educational shows, women-based shows and children’s shows in addition to his primary interest as a producer of current affairs shows. He has also been featured on national TV channels. He completed his education in Journalism and English from Mysore and Kuvempu Universities.
As a journalist, Deepak has been active in the field ever since his college days. He edited a newspaper as a college student, and later on worked as a part time and freelance journalist, as well as a columnist and contributor with many publications such as Deccan Herald, Prajavani, Vijaya Karnataka, Times of India, Mid Day, Outlook, The Week and so on. He was the first editor of Vijaya Next, a weekly of the Times of India Group.
As an entrepreneur, he has established several companies, starting with an advertising agency and then moving on to set up various companies in the fields of brand promotion, marketing, PR and brand consultancy. He is currently the Managing Director of TV House Network, a company that handles TV show production, product promotion and events. He is also a director in a few companies that are into hospitality and healthcare. He is the owner of many brand names, including many active and successful businesses in the field of technology.
He started teaching when he was a student himself, and has been actively teaching in schools and colleges ever since, for the past twenty five years. He has taught children the art of theatre and debate through his own theory of logical learning. He has trained more than a thousand teachers in theatre in education, better communication skills and debate in education.
His interest in debate and logic motivated him to start Verbattle, the biggest professional organization in India for debate promotion and debate competitions. Verbattle completed 12 years this year, and is now an international organization operating in over 8 countries in Europe and the rest of the world. Verbattle has been very influential in promoting debate, logic, communication, democratic values and leadership.