Having been rewarded for his idiosyncratic presentation of the game with the Ramnath Goenka Award for excellence in Journalism by the President of India, HE APJ Abdul Kalam, Gautam has seamlessly translated his trademark wit and presence of mind from his television presence to successfully hosting, creating and curating events for multiple brands both in India and overseas.
From the lanes of Lucknow to posh Park Lane in London, his assignments transcend genre and
Geography. The nature of the events he has hosted includes art and memorabilia auctions, brand
launches, press conferences, dealer meets, corporate award ceremonies, offsite conferences, celebrity meet and greets, specialized quizzes on business, sport and fashion and theme parties.
Apart from his humour, what sets him apart is his chemistry with co hosts, comfort level with celebrities from the film, sport and corporate world and interaction with sharply contrasting audiences be it preschool kids, rural dealers and distributors, IIM students or the urban Glitterati.
Apart from every corner of rural and urban India, he has played host in Sydney, London, Dubai, Vienna, Cape Town, Colombo, Macau, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur.
Clients include AT&T, Adidas, Fashion Design Council of India, IIFA, Reliance, Reebok, Airtel, Vodafone, Castrol, McDowell’s, Daikin, ESPN, Force India, Pepsi, Panasonic, HTC Touch, Jet Airways, Levis, Nokia, Maruti Suzuki, Kingfisher, Birla Sun Life, IDBI Federal, Quikr.com and Tourism Australia. He has also hosted stage shows/meet & greets for almost all the IPL franchises between 2008 and 2015.
He has been the master of ceremonies at prominent book launches, including Chetan Bhagat’s
Three Mistakes Of My Life and Jaswant Singhs Travels In Transoxiana.
In 2008, he was specially invited to be the host of the Dhirubhai Ambani Cricket Celebrations in
Jamnagar, an event hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Mukesh Ambani. He was a special invitee as well as
the on-field host and commentator for the 2010 IIFA Awards Cricket Match with Mandira Bedi,
Javed Jaffrey and Chunky Pandey. Other notable co-hosts include Shenaz Treasurywala,
Perizaad Zorabian, Perizaad Kolah, Gauhar Khan, Vidya Malavde, Shibani Kashyap, Hazel Keech
and Maria Goretti.
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SE Missouri State University, USA
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Master of Ceremonies at a wide gamut of corporate events, off-site conferences, fashion shows, book releases and brand launches. Clients include Adidas, Reebok, Deutsch Bank, Airtel, HTC Touch, Quikr, Castrol, Nokia, Pepsi, Levis, Jet Airways, Panasonic, Kingfisher, ESPN, AT&T, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils, RCB, the IIFA Awards and Birla Sun Life Insurance.
Regular conductor of quizzes (business and sport) at schools across the country, for select corporate gatherings and at leading universities and business schools including the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)
and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). Also pioneered and conducted the country’s premier Fashion Quiz at the last three seasons of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, New Delhi.
Radio & Theatre
Radio Jockey with Times FM and Radio Network FM, Calcutta between 1994 and 1997. Worked under the tutelage of renowned radio personality Mark Tully.
Disc Jockey at Someplace Else, Calcutta’s hottest night-spot in 1995-96.
Varied theatre experience with roles ranging from Chaucer’s Pardoner, Shakespeare’s Romeo to Fagin in Oliver Twist and Mahatma Gandhi.
Commentator and Anchor
Presenter with ESPN & STAR Sports since January 2001.
CRICKET: COMMENTATOR since December 2003 paired with the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Ian Chappell, Ravi Shastri, Wasim Akram and Ian Bishop. Covered live games (commentary, live interviews, on-field updates, studio shows and tourism features) in Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Holland and the UAE amounting to 36 Tests 160 ODIs and 65 T20 games.
PRODUCER at the first ever ICC approved cricket match in the USA in Lauderhill, FLA in May 2010.
ANCHOR of “Kent Cricket Live”, PPL shows across cricket properties.
PRODUCER of studio shows at the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa 2007.
ANCHOR AND PRODUCER of “MASTERCLASS”, an in depth cricket exploration with cricket legends and “Planet Cricket” and “Wonders Down Under”, cricketing travelogues to South Africa and Australia respectively
SOCCER: Covered the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa and EURO 2008 in Austria/Switzerland and was
commentator/host at the AFC Challenge Cup and the IFA Shield in India in 2008/09.
TENNIS: Commentator for WIMBLEDON 2015. Hosted and did commentary for the WTA Tour Bangalore Open tennis tournament in Feb 2006.
Worked with J Walter Thompson as Copywriter between January 1995 and January 2001.
Worked on brands as varied as Wills Cigarettes, the Wills World Cup, Pepsi Cola, Modi Telstra (India’s first cell phone service), Bristol, Bata, Tata Steel, World Trade Center, Spice Telecom, Rupa & Co., Tea Board and Berger Paints.
Author of REVERSE SWEEP, an anecdotal travelogue through the world of cricket.
Co-author of WHOZATT, a comprehensive World Cup Cricket Quiz book.
Free lance columnist with GQ Magazine, The Times of India, The Statesman, Economic Times and The Asian Age. Article subjects include fashion, sport, politics, city features and life on an American campus.