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Indian Splendor in Hollywood this August

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Monday, April 09, 2007
UNI: Indian Splendor, a six-day celebration of contemporary films, music, dance, art and literature, will be held in Los Angeles from August 10 to 15 to mark the 60th anniversary of Indian Independence.

Addressing mediapersons in Mumbai, B K Modi of MCorp Global said Indian Splendor will showcase the best new films and artistes from India to Hollywood and Los Angeles audiences and act as a catalyst for building long term connections between Mumbai and Los Angeles film communities.
At the same time, he said Indian Splendor will provide a stage to nurture emerging Indian diasporic talent in cinema and the arts.

India born tennis star and veteran Hollywood film producer Ashok Amritraj is the cultural ambassador for Indian Splendor.

Dean of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television Robert Rosen said Bollywood and India's art and culture has captured the imagination of the world. He said Cheng Sim Lim, Chief Programmer at the UCLA Film and Television Archive will be in Mumbai till April 10 to preview and select films for the Indian Splendor event.

Mr Modi said Indian Splendor was announced in Los Angeles on March 24 with a special screening of Eklavya and a Question-Answer session with the film's director Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The event was attended by over 300 people at the new Billy Wilder Theatre and Eklavya had the distinction of being the first Indian film to be screened at this theatre which is named in honour of the legendary writer-director of American classics like 'Double Indemnity' and 'Some Like It Hot'.

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