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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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NYC Must See: Indian-American Literary Festival Oct. 22-25th

New York, N.Y. The Second Annual Indo-American Arts Council Literary Festival opens this month at Hunter College. KICK OFF Launch of Madhur Jaffrey’s Vegetarian India. October 22nd, 2015. 7-9 pm Hunter College, 695 Park Ave, NYC Tickets: $25; IAAC Members & Hunter College Students/Staff w/ID $20 About the Author Madhur Jaffrey is the author of […]

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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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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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Indo-American Arts Council Celebrates 15 Years in NYC

New York, N.Y.  The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) turns 15 in the fall of 2013 under the leadership of Aroon Shivdasani.  This secular, non-profit, volunteer-driven arts organization has achieved scores of noteworthy milestones in the decade and a half of its existence. IAAC is the first and only Indian Arts Council in the U.S. representing all […]

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New York Indian Film Festival 2012 Premieres

Aseem Chhabra, director of the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) with Aroon Shivdasani, founder/director of the Indo-American Arts Council. Photo courtesy of Archana Desai. New York, N.Y.  The 12th Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) played over Memorial Day Weekend at the Tribeca Cinemas and NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Presented by the […]

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Eleventh Annual New York Indian Film Festival Triumphant!

New York, NY. I enjoyed this year’s Indian Film Festival so much!   Opening Night I saw the Disney-backed film Do Dooni Chaar, directed by Habib Faisal, then Iti Mrinalini, directed by the talented Aparna Sen, and finally the Tagore novel set to film, Nauka Dubi, directed by Rituparno Ghosh.   And I am pleased to announce […]

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