“Do you speak Indian?” As an Indian-American, I was asked this question fairly often growing up. I explained that “Indian” is not a language, and in fact India has 14 main languages, and the language they're likely thinking of is Hindi, the national language. My 16 year old cousin is regularly asked the same question, nearly 20 years later.
What's the Indo-angle of Weird Al? Well, I'm glad you asked. One of his lesser known parodies is "Yoda" sung to the tune of "Lola" by the Kinks. When performing the song live in concert, he interjects a set of sounds known to the faithful as the "Yoda Chant"
It is important to note that this film addresses common cultural themes for the Indian American primarily from the perspective of the Hindu (Sindhu) culture. In this case, the narrow focus on the Hindu culture works because Prasad’s own voice is the thread that ties the narrative of this participatory style documentary
Priya and her assistant were driving over, I had my question list ready, stored on my (then brand spanking new) iPad, I was ready to go and be the objective interviewer..., but let’s face it, it was Priya Rai. How did Eddie Vedder put it ? “Thoughts arrive like butterflies...”
Usually, when I tell someone that isn’t Indian that I’ve made a film that topically looks into the history, stereotypes, and changes about the Indian-American community, the immediate response is some version of...
Anxiety and fear would describe my feelings about my upcoming trip to Ethiopia, and I had never been scared to travel before. For my post-2010 Haiti-Earthquake medical relief trip, I was traveling with a close friend and could rely on someone for emotional support, but I didn’t have that here.
When Madison Square Garden approached me about putting together a dance performance for a NY Liberty game (New York’s WNBA team) halftime show, I wanted to create a unique and memorable experience for the team involved, and maybe make a few dreams come true along the way.