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Indo-American Arts Council at 15 with Who’s Who of S. Asian Celebs

New York, N.Y.  No one in Manhattan can throw a gala like Aroon Shivdasani, and the fifteenth anniversary fete of her Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) was everything I had hoped for and more.  More than 250 of New York’s crème de la crème packed the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Performing Arts to raise a [...]

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Indo-American Arts Council Yearns for NYC Home

New York, N.Y.  The Indo-American Arts Council was born in 1998, to build an awareness of the artists and artistic disciplines of India in mainstream America. Fifteen years ago the art and culture of the Indian subcontinent was invisible in this amazing, diverse cultural landscape.      Like the citizens of the United States, the Indo-American [...]

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The I Am Afghanistan Exhibition at Rogue Space | Chelsea NYC

New York, N.Y.  Children from one of the most persecuted ethnic groups in Afghanistan will exhibit their artworks for the first time Oct. 3-6 at Rogue Space | Chelsea in New York. The children are Hazara, an ancient clan with historic ties to the Mongolian empire of Genghis Khan, who are now fighting for survival amid the current [...]

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Indo-American Arts Council Celebrates 15 Years in NYC

New York, N.Y.  The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) turns 15 in the fall of 2013 under the leadership of Aroon Shivdasani.  This secular, non-profit, volunteer-driven arts organization has achieved scores of noteworthy milestones in the decade and a half of its existence. IAAC is the first and only Indian Arts Council in the U.S. representing all [...]

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Who Knew: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on Long Island

Long Island, N.Y.  Call me “Long Island Ignorant,” but I was completely amazed to experience the Tilles Center for Performing Arts on the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University in Brookville.  I have interviewed several famous people in New York recently – at the United Nations and the French Cultural Center – but it [...]

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Young Concert Artists Presents Ravishing Soprano at Merkin Hall

New York, N.Y.  The LA-based pianist, conductor, and composer André Previn called Susan Wadsworth, who founded Young Concert Artists (YCA) in 1961, last week to tell her how much he loved soprano Jeanine de Bique‘s singing of his cycle, Honey and Rue. When I received an invitation to cover her upcoming recital in New York’s Merkin Hall at Kaufman [...]

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Fountain Gallery Is “Mad About Art”

New York, N.Y.  I’ve been to perhaps too many art shows and art fairs and countless fundraisers this winter, but Mad About Art, Fountain Gallery‘s Annual Art Auction and Benefit held at Skylight West recently was a singular happening that turned me on and reminded me about the importance of both culture and giving back. Fountain Gallery [...]

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Through a Pinhole: Photographing Sri Lanka’s Architectural Heritage

New York, N.Y.  I met an incredible individual, Liz Doles, who also happens to be a talented artist last week at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the U.N. We bonded immediately. Having been off-and-on in Sri Lanka (and Indonesia) for a number of years working with orphans following the 2004 Tsunami, I had [...]

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Pomona Cultural Center Presents Multimedia Arts Exhibition in New York

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