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Aroon Shivdasani

Film Margarita With A Straw -- Unexpected Brilliance -- From India

Jim Luce | Posted 05.22.2015 | Arts
Jim Luce

The film Margarita With A Straw is so unexpectedly brilliant, on so many levels, that I was completely mesmerized. Focused on taboo within taboo, the fragility of our collective human condition and the joy and possibility of life, the film is required viewing.

First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Hit

Jim Luce | Posted 01.17.2015 | Books
Jim Luce

Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...

Indo-American Arts Council at Fifteen with Who's Who of South Asian Celebrities

Jim Luce | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Jim Luce

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...

Jonathan Hollander's Battery Dance Company 38 Years Later

Jim Luce | Posted 10.18.2013 | Arts
Jim Luce

I've always considered myself fortunate to meet the people who are doing big things--positively impacting lives in meaningful ways. Recently I met a ...

New Indian Wines Add to New York's Diverse Cuisine Scene

Jim Luce | Posted 07.30.2013 | Taste
Jim Luce

One of the things I love most about New York City -- why I moved here 30 years ago -- is its dynamic multicultural scene. European immigrants long ago...

NY Indian American Film Festival Triumphant in 13th Year

Jim Luce | Posted 07.25.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Luce

The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) announced the winners of its competition categories at a ceremony at NYU's Skirball Center last week, in the...

Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art -- in Atlanta

Jim Luce | Posted 06.04.2011 | Arts
Jim Luce

Don Rubin and his wife Shelley have introduced an exceptional, personal collection of modern and contemporary South Asian art at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.

Mani Ratnam's Raavanan: The Must-See International Film of 2010

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jim Luce

Raavanan, the new Indian film produced in both Hindi and Tamil, premiered at the Tenth Annual Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festiva...

Indo-American Arts Council Fete Recreates Mughal Court in Manhattan

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

The Indo-American Arts Council threw a purposefully decadent, fun-filled party last week for the new book Islamicate Cultures of Bombay Cinema by Ira ...

Meet the Amazing Aroon Shivdasani of NYC's Indo-American Arts Council

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Indo-American Arts Council founder and executive director Aroon Shivdasani has lived all over the world but has called New York home for about half he...