Sultans and Soldiers Has Launched

Woohoo! The playwriting contest, open to all Drexel University undergrads, is underway, in collaboration with playwright and professor Vijay Padaki and the Bangalore Little Theatre. Full scoop including a snapshot of the amazing history of India’s connection to the US Revolutionary War here.

This project, a Westphal IDEA Mini-Grant recipient, was made possible due in part to the generous support of the Philadelphia Foundation, the Drexel Westphal College of Media Arts & Design’s Dean’s Office of I.D.E.A., and the Westphal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.

Sultans and Soldiers

I’m honored to share that Sultans and Soldiers, my short historical playwriting contest for Drexel University students that I’ve launched in close collaboration with the Bangalore Little Theatre in Karnataka, India, has received an IDEA Development, Education, and Cultivation Project Mini-Grant to support Westphal’s efforts in achieving the university’s goals for greater inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism.

Westphal’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council determined that this project will positively contribute to, and have a notable impact on, advancing our goals of becoming a more diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist college within Drexel University.

Sultans and Soldiers urges theatrical exploration of India’s little-known, incredible connection to the US Revolutionary War.

I’ve been trying to find a way to have Drexel interface with the Bangalore Little Theatre since 2015. I’m glad I didn’t give up and grateful that a viable path forward has finally appeared for all of us thanks to the formation of Drexel Westphal’s DEI Council.

This project was made possible due in part to the generous support of the Philadelphia Foundation, the Westphal Dean’s Office of I.D.E.A., and the Westphal DEIC.

Thank You, Mario!

Wow. Thank you so much, Drexel University, for the terrific article. The photos bring back a flood of memories, and I hope my tips are helpful to current Fulbright applicants.

Two stills from my scenes in the Hoichoi streaming series Manbhanjan directed by Abhijit Chowdhury, starring Anirban Bhattacharya and Sohini Sarkar.
Mario the Dragon, Drexel University’s mascot.