About the Exhibition
Statement of our Service
Erasing Borders: Passport to Contemporary Indian Art Feb-June 2008
|Ashok Vyas realized his dream when he joined All India Radio, Jodhpur in 1982.
He was fresh graduate from Maharaja College, Jaipur. The experience of drama and debates helped him in gradually participating and contributing to all the genres of radio broadcasting. He wrote and directed radio drama, radio features, conducted interviews, moderated discussions, did special series of programs on Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda and musical stories for Kids. He completed his masters in Economics and post Graduate diploma in Journalism from Rajasthan University in 1983.
Rajasthan is a culturally vibrant state of India. Ashok did many cultural programs and features on issues related to environmental protection, women education, plight of child labors in mines, opium de-addiction, Aids awareness, effects of famine on Girasia tribes etc.
He did Masters in English, MBA in Marketing from Jodhpur University during this period and moved to Mumbai to work for an advertising agency in 1995 after a brief stint of editing a newspaper at Ahamdabad.
He did a Foundation course of TV Production at Mumbai and lot of freelance writing assignments as well as projects to translate American TV programs from English to Hindi. These serials were dubbed in Hindi for Indian viewers.
Come 1997, Ashok landed in New York to be a part of Indian Media Scene.
Since 1999, he has been associated with International Television Broadcating Inc.
A 24 hour channel for South Asians, covering parts of tri-state area.
Ashok presented News in Hindi for over 3 years. He has also covered various events of the community that includes many events organized by iaac. The lively rapport that ITV offers with viewers stimulated many ideas and generated many contacts for Ashok to present various interviews with authors, artists, social activists, politicians, Saints and Film stars. He has been actively covering cultural and religious programs, he is at ease in wearing various hats like writer, cameraman, host, editor and director for TV Productions.
In addition to being a poet and program director with ITV, he is also a practicing Hindu Priest.
He has translated spiritual books from English to Hindi, co-authored 'Parinaya' with his wife Sheila. Published poems in many Hindi Magazines and participated in many 'kavi sammelans' in India as well as in USA.
Ashok has talked to seniors, he has worked with kids. His contributions can be seen every week in ITV's community news, Weekly literary program 'Shabd Star'' (Every Friday at 2:00pm), Kid's program 'Kids' Kingdom' (Every Friday at 1:00pm), weekly show with old melodies 'Jeet Gaye Geet' (Every Sunday at 6:30pm) on ITV.(Channel 563 on Time Warner Cable, Channel 244 on Cable Vision)
Translation of the poem by the poet
|That is Infinite! Right!
This poem is
a fresh attempt
to leave 'Ego'
and call on 'Love',
Look, One more time
beyond the timebound references of
cars, skyscrappers, traffic lights and footpath
that 'river of creativity'
which arrives on your invitation
with colors, forms, shapes and harmony
In your creative process
lost to yourself
that 'unmanifested beauty'
which is touched by you
That must be infinite, Right!
all of us are wondering
with a thirst for a drop of that
'That' is everywhere
yet stay invisible,
glimpse of 'That' is seen
once in a while
in the 'creative moment'
and equally surprising is the fact
after seeing and knowing 'that'
we return back
to the limitations of our identity
become its prisoners again,
let us start
a joint cosmic celebration,
a new festival
for 'Erasing Borders',
Good wishes for all of us!
- Ashok Vyas