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Plan to Attend: Best Cultural Event in New York City – About South Asia

Check out The Third Annual IAAC Literary Festival Schedule!

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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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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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Extremist Threat Explored Think Tank at NY Indian Consulate

New York, NY. Jeff M. Smith, a Kraemer Strategy Fellow at Washington’s American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC), recently addressed a packed dining room of New York’s Indian Consulate off Fifth Avenue this week, speaking on Indo-American, -Pakistani and -Sino relations, but focusing most on the growing threat of extremism in South Asia.   The mostly Indian-American […]

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Indian Spring Festival Holi, Celebrated at South Street Seaport

New York, NY. Raised Christian, I believed Easter was the kick-off of spring. After I became the token goy of a Torah study in Manhattan, I switched my spring allegiance to Passover. Then, long story short, St. Patrick’s Day. Now, after half a century, I have found the real beginning of spring: the Indian holiday […]

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The Stewardship Report Announces Editorial Calendar

New York, N.Y. A bright new face has been added to the crowded Web, drawing a large readership and uploading more than 900 stories in its first twelve weeks. Still in soft-launch, The Jim Luce Stewardship Report (JLSR) is focused on “Connecting Goodness.” Covering Faces, Issues, World Affairs, Life Style, the Arts, and Video, JLSR offers articles […]

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Indo-American Arts Council Fete Recreates Mughal Court in NYC

New York, N.Y.  The Indo-American Arts Council threw a purposefully decadent, fun-filled party last week for the new book Islamicate Cultures of Bombay Cinema by Ira Bhaskar and Richard Allen. The Mughal Empire was the Islamic imperial power that ruled a large portion of Indian subcontinent which began in the early 1500’s, invaded and ruled most of Hindustan (South […]

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