Had a wonderful time today pitching Fulbright Research and Teaching Scholarships to faculty at my alma mater New York University Tisch School of the Arts as a Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador. I was happy to see such a huge turnout!
Another amazing jatra clip. Here we see actor Ashok Banerjee in whiteface and ginger wig portraying a villainous British officer whom the hero Rani Rashmoni confronts and slaps twice during the scene.
The Sri Chaitanya Opera is a jatra company based in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The play is an historical drama called Karunamoyee Rani Rashmoni (Gracious Rani Rashmoni) written by Babli Bhattacharya, directed by Ruma Dasgupta who also performs the title role, with lyrics by Ujal Biswas and music by Swapan Pakrasai. The location is the Kestopur neighborhood of Kolkata.
This is part of a collection of jatra scenes I shot while a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in India during 2018-19. They’re handheld and shaky, intended for my personal reference, but they might be of entertainment or educational value to others.
Check out the rest on my Youtube “Jatra Shots” playlist.
I’m honored to have served as a juror for the Sequoia Independent Film Festival, which features over 20 incredible shorts and features, including fictional narratives and documentaries, from around the world.
It’s happening NOW, this weekend 11/5 and 6, and is streamable in the US and Canada. Tickets and full info at