The Jeff & Shuvam Show #1 is Live!

Are you feeling empty inside? Do you know what’s been missing from your life? Some Indian guy and some American guy reviewing the latest Indian films available on Amazon Prime and Netflix. CineCube Review With Jeff & Shuvam is the brainchild of my fellow Fulbrighter Abhijit Chowdhury and his cohorts at their Kolkata-based media production company Concept Cube.

Check it out on Youtube and — I never thought I’d be saying this with a straight face — smash that like button. Sharing it doesn’t hurt either and will make you feel good. Up first, a Tamil-language film from Tamil Nadu, Captain Miller on Amazon Prime.

“It’s very Tarantinoesque…It’s like playing Fortnite set in 1920s British India.”

The Jeff & Shuvam Show

More to come.

in Media res

If you’re in the Philly-NJ-Delaware area, join me for a 3-week noncredit course I created just for the amazing Media Arts Council called Intro to Indian Cinema. It’s a fun and simple summer class in which I’ll screen and discuss an Indian film every week in the historic borough of Media, PA about 13 miles outside of Philly.

The class starts Monday, July 15 at 5:30pm.

Tuition: $160

Sign up here.

See you there.

Congratulations, Vijay

I was honored this week to be asked to introduce dramatist and lifelong theatre practitioner Vijay Padaki when he was honored by a group of his former business students from the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore. They organized the event to recognize his recent Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him by ASSITEJ, a global network of children’s theatre practitioners, at their annual Congress which was held this year in Havana, Cuba.

Transcript of my spoken remarks:

A wise person once wrote, “A man often finds his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.” Put differently, life is full of surprises and unexplored paths inviting you in new directions.

Vijay Padaki

In 1979 while I was a 12-year-old growing up in southwestern Virginia, Vijay Padaki was teaching Organizational Behavior at IIM-B.  Who would have thought that Vijay, in addition to his background in management and psychology, was also actively involved in running, and in continually growing, the Bangalore Little Theatre, which has now been going strong for more than 60 years. It is Bangalore’s oldest nonprofit theatre.

I have never met a wiser, more astute, more dedicated theatre artist than Vijay Padaki. Mine and Vijay’s paths first crossed in 2012 thanks to the power of the worldwide web, when he reached out to me about my play Tesla’s Letters.

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