Tag Archives: Indian-American Culture

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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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 ‘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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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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Pratham: Chelsea Clinton on Board USS Intrepid for Education in India

New York, N.Y.  In looking back at 2013’s most successful Manhattan events, the one gala that stands out for me took place on the USS Intrepid along the West Side Highway in early October. Although I have attended numerous galas on The U.S.S. Intrepid, nothing prepared me for the scale and impact of Chelsea Clinton’s keynote […]

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Indo-American Arts Council at 15 with Who’s Who of S. Asian Celebs

New York, N.Y.  No one in Manhattan can throw a gala like Aroon Shivdasani, and the fifteenth anniversary fete of her Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) was everything I had hoped for and more.  More than 250 of New York’s crème de la crème packed the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Performing Arts to raise a […]

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SAMAA Dedicated to Keeping Indian Classical Music Alive

New York, N.Y.  Preserving the classics is a noble endeavor.  Jazz, for example, is an original American music art form that once dominated the airwaves, dance halls, and nightclubs of an earlier generation.  Today, this once popular music is relegated to small ensembles at intimate gatherings.  I admire and applaud the tireless efforts of people, […]

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PlayMusician Committed to Promoting Diverse Musical Talent

New York, N.Y.  Variety is wonderful, and that is exactly what you get at PlayMusician Jam Nights (PM-jamnites).  For audiences open to experiencing an array of musical styles, these events are filled with exciting anticipation.   During a recent session at Dorrian’s Pub in Jersey City, rockers, hip-hoppers and Bollywood dance musicians stepped to the […]

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