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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 1, 2005: The Indo-American Arts Council a film festival with a difference -
MASTERS OF INDIAN CINEMA. This festival celebrates alternate Indian
films, featuring India's most celebrated Directors : Satyajit Ray, Aparna Sen, Shyam Benegal, Mani Ratnam, Buddhadb Dasgupta, and Mrinal Sen.

Concieved by Aroon Shivdasani, the festival is curated by Suri Gopalan. Our intention is to showcase films that are neither Bollywood nor of the Diaspora - Alternate Indian films. This is the first time a film festival of Indian alternate cinema has been scheduled in North America!

Masters of Indian Cinema will open on April 8th with a screening of Satyajit Ray’s “Gopi Gayne Bagha Bayne” at 7 pm. The film will be introduced by celebrated author and Ray fan, Salman Rushdie.

Bollywood films have made their mark in North America - popularizing Indian pop culture and a certain melodramatic Indian formula genre. Filmmakers such as Mira Nair, Deepa Mehta, Gurinder Chadha and Ismail Merchant have ensured a place for films from the Indian Diaspora. North America has not yet been exposed to "alternate Indian cinema" - films that depict India as Indians see it, live and experience it. MASTERS OF INDIAN CINEMA intends to depict just those films - conceived and directed by filmmakers of vision - steeped in their own culture - completely engrossed in the experiences enveloping them and the world around them.

The festival will run from April 8-14 at The ImaginAsian, New York’s Premier Asian American theater, located at 239East 59th Street, New York City. Films by each of the featured Directors will be screened twice during the festival. Information and schedules: IAAC 212 529 2347 or www.iaac.us. Tickets are available at the ImaginAsian Box Office, 239East 59th St(between 2nd & 3rd Ave), New York 10022 or online on www.theimaginasian.com

The Schedule is as follows:

Friday April 8
Opening Night
7 pm
  
Satyajit Ray's Ghare Baire (The Home and the World) (1984) 140 mins. Bengali with English Subtitles adapted from a book of the same title by Rabindranath Tagore.
Film will be introduced by author Salman Rushdie.
  
Saturday April 9
12 noon
Shyam Benegal's Junoon (1978) 141 mins. Hindi
Film will be introduced by Richard Pena, Program Director, Film Society of Lincoln Center.
 
3 pm
Aparna Sen's Yugant (1995) 135 mins. Bengali
 
6 pm
Mani Ratnam's Roja (1992) 137 mins. Tamil
9 pm
Mrinal Sen's Ek Din Achanak (Suddenly One Day)(1989) 105 mins. Hindi
        
Sunday April 10
12 noon
Mani Ratnam's Bombay (1995) 130 mins. Tamil.
 
3 pm
Shyam Benegal's Samar (1999) 126 mins. Hindi
 
6 pm
Aparna Sen's 36 Chowranghee Lane (1981) 122 mins English 
Film will be introduced by author Vijay Seshadri.
 
9 pm
Buddhadb's Mondo Meyer Uppakhyan (Tale of a Naughty Girl)(2002)
91 mins Bengali
  
  
Monday April 11
4 pm
Mrinal Sen's Antareen (1994) 91 mins. Bengali
 
6 pm
Mani Ratnam's Roja (1992) 137 mins. Tamil
 
8.40 pm
Shyam Benegal's Junoon (1978) 141 mins. Hindi
  
  
Tuesday April 12
3 pm
Mrinal Sen's Ek Din Achanak (Suddenly One Day)(1989) 105 mins. Hindi
Film will be introduced by Parag Amladi
 
6 pm
Aparna Sen's Yugant (1995) 135 mins. Bengali
 
9 pm
Buddhadb's  Uttara (The Wrestlers)(2000) 99 mins. Bengali
  
  
Wednesday April 13
3 pm
Buddhadb's Mondo Meyer Uppakhyan (Tale of a Naughty Girl)(2002) 
91 mins.Bengali
6 pm
Shyam Benegal's Samar (1999) 126 mins. Hindi
9 pm
Mani Ratnam's Bombay (1995) 130 mins. Tamil.
Film will be introduced by author Suketu Mehta
  
Thursday April 14
3 pm
Aparna Sen's 36 Chowranghee Lane (1981) 122 mins English
6 pm
Buddhadb's  Uttara (The Wrestlers) (2000) 99 mins. Bengali
9 pm
Satyajit Ray's Seemabhadha (1971) 110 mins. Bengali
Film will be introduced by filmmaker Ismail Merchant
  
The Indo-American Arts Council (www.iaac.us) is a registered, not-for-profit, 501(c)3, secular arts organization passionately dedicated to promoting and building an awareness of artists and artistic disciplines (performing arts, visual arts, literary arts) of India. Call 212 529 2347, iaac@iaac.us .
The IAAC supports all the artistic disciplines in classical, fusion, Folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of India. We work Cooperatively with colleagues around the United States to broaden our collective audiences and to create a network of shared information, resources and funding. www.iaac.us

The ImaginAsian (www.theimaginasian.com) is New York City’s premier Asian American theater solely dedicated to showcasing the exciting world of Asian and Asian American cinema and culture. From international box-office smash hits to critically acclaimed independent films, the theater hosts the best Asian-themed titles hailing from all over Asia and the U.S., with English subtitles provided for all foreign-language films. Moreover, The ImaginAsian’s state-of-the-art facilities and Asian café provide a unique home to an exciting series of film festivals and cultural performances. Please call 212-371-6682 for more information about the theater.

   

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