“An Indian Accent” screened at Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

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An Indian Accent Q & A at IFFLA

Day 2 of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles saw the screening of ” An Indian Accent” at the LA Regal Live Cinemas. The event was extremely special because of the presence of the Legendary Tabla Maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain, and Zane Dalal, the Associate Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra of India ( SOI ) .

The beautifully made documentary, produced by the National Center of the Performing Arts and directed by Sumantara Ghosal , chronicles their collaboration within the SOI on Ustad Zakir Hussain’s composition Peshkar, a brilliant orchestra concerto led by Hussain on his signature instrument, the tabla .

Following the film, there was an illuminating discussion with Ustad Zakir Hussain and Zane Dalal as they recounted their work on Peshkar , along with moments of their journey with SOI and their illustrious careers. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Vinod Venkataraman, Professor of Applied Mathematics and Artistic Director at the Music Circle, Los Angeles.

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Kalpana Pandit is an actor/ independent movie producer/ entrepreneur and also a board certified doctor in the United States. She has been a travelling Emergency Room Physician practicing part time in small towns across the United States while she is pursuing her passion of being a part of great movies. Her passion for creativity led her to establish her own production banner " House of Pandit" in 2010 which has since produced a multiple award winning HIV/AIDS awareness film "Jo Jo Laali" and a full fledged Bollywood feature film " Janleva 555" both with medical awareness messages. Jo Jo Laali has won Kalpana two " Best Actress" awards in Indian Film Festivals and a total of 13 awards for the film itself . Kalpana has acted in numerous Bollywood movies , notably " Gajagamini", " Moksha" and " Love Khichdi ". She has travelled far and wide in the capacity of "Guest of Honor" and part of the Jury of various cultural events across America. Currently, her next home production movie of " House of Pandit" Sulige Sikkidaaga " Be fluid as water" which contains the very imperative message of Womens Empowerment and Epilepsy awareness is receiving tremendous applause in film festivals and has already won four awards in International Film Festivals Pandit hopes to continue to make timeless classics on celluloid which entertain the audience across generations with their great stories and also carry excellent messages of awareness for the people.

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