2005: The Indo-American Arts Council a film festival with a
MASTERS OF INDIAN CINEMA. This festival celebrates alternate
films, featuring India's most celebrated Directors : Satyajit
Ray, Aparna Sen, Shyam Benegal, Mani Ratnam, Buddhadb Dasgupta,
and Mrinal Sen.
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!
of Indian Cinema will open on April 8th with a screening of
Satyajit Rays Gopi Gayne Bagha Bayne at 7
pm. The film will be introduced by celebrated author and Ray
fan, Salman Rushdie.
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.
festival will run from April 8-14 at The ImaginAsian, New Yorks
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
The Schedule is as follows: