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Immigration, Ambition, Identity Shape Film Miss India America

“If you’re not the best, you’re one of the rest!”
– Lily Prasad, Miss India America

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Sixteenth Annual Leadership Awards Reception Rocks New York

New York, N.Y. What an absolutely amazing event last week! The breadth of our activities over the last sixteen years blew me away. Our St. John’s University event, featuring our new Funds, Fellows and our upcoming Luce Leadership Experience – Hellas, was even more amazing because of the multitude of people involved in making the […]

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Untold South Asian Stories at IAAC Literary Festival in New York

New York, N.Y. Aroon Shivdasani, Executive and Artistic Director of the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), did not sleep much last month – though she seldom does. Aroon Shivdasani, Executive and Artistic Director of the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), welcomes attendees. Photo: Shashwat Gupta. Perhaps because throughout the year she coordinates the New York Indian Film Festival […]

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Film ‘He Named Me Malala’ Opens in NYC with IAAC

New York, N.Y.  The brilliant film ‘He Named Me Malala’ opens in Friday, October 2, exclusively at Lincoln Square and Sunshine theaters in new York City. Tickets here.     “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” – Malala Following its premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, […]

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Indo-American Arts Council: Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance

New York, N.Y.  The Indo-American Arts Council is delighted to announce the IAAC’s Eighth Annual Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance in three parts – OUTDOORS at Wagner Park, Battery Park City, hosted by The Battery Dance Festival on Saturday, August 15 from 6:30-8:30pm, an INDOOR concert entitled AN EVENING OF POETRY, DANCED at Schimmel […]

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Film ‘Margarita With A Straw’ – Unexpected Brilliance – From India

New York, N.Y.  The film Margarita With A Straw is so unexpectedly brilliant, on so many levels, that I was completely mesmerized. Focused on taboo within taboo, the fragility of our collective human condition and the joy and possibility of life, the film is required viewing. Not knowing as much about Indian cinema as I […]

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Honoring Young Leaders and Humanitarians at U.N. Mission

New York, N.Y.  Fifteen years ago, I began a journey of unknown destination. Last week, we celebrated that journey — and the many people who have journeyed with us. Many destinations — Haiti, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Cuba – have become apparent over the years, as has our focus on the arts, education and orphan […]

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First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Best Seller

New York, N.Y.  Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia University drew participants from Bombay to Brooklyn and Berkley – including glitterati such as literary giant Sir Salman Rushdie, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mira Nair, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar of Disgraced fame, and […]

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