VIKAS DESAI - PRESIDENT

Vikas Desai is a Gold Medallist in Direction from FTVII, PUNE (1969). his diploma Film Perhaps Tomorrow was adjudged the Best Fiction Film in an International Student’s FF in Canada. He is working as director, script writer, editor, model, actor in features, TV serials, short films, ad Films, corporate Films. Desai co-directed, co-scripted, co-edited feature films Shaque (Hindi) and Gehrayee (Hindi) enjoys a vantage position today in films made in India of its genre. He is credited for pioneering the TV serial scene in India on DD before the invasion of the satellite channels. Desai has directed numerous as films & Corporate Films and has worked as an Actor & a model.

Desai is a leading film guru in India INDIA -teaches filmmaking since 1970. He is a visiting faculty at XIC, Whistling Woods, FTVII – Pune, SRFTI – Kolkata, FLAME and conducts workshops & lectures in various colleges & film societies. He is starting his 1st Marathi language film based on Vyankatesh Madgulkar’s short story Paddya Magcha Pravesh in April. Work on web series Persona Lost & short films is under way.

Desai stages musical shows based on his uncle Vasant Desai’s music. He is former member of NFDC Script Committee.

Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy

Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy (B.A. Vassar College 1970; M.M. Yale University 1972; Ph.D. Brown University 1980), is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Ethnomusicology at UCLA, where she teaches courses on the classical and folk musics of South and Southeast Asians and Asian-Americans, field methodology, ethnographic film, music and the sacred, applied and public sector ethnomusicology, and music of Bollywood. Amy’s research, writing, teaching, curating, and multi-media publications often have an applied focus aimed at community development of minority traditions, especially in diasporic settings. Her applied research includes projects with Cambodian-American refugees and the Hmong-American tribal minority of Laos. She and UCLA historian Edward Alpers co-edited Sidis and Scholars: Essays on African Indians (New Delhi: Rainbow Publications, 2004) concerning the African-Indian Sidi community of India. Her recent writings address the impact of international touring on the sacred traditions of Sidi Sufis. Her most recent video/DVD documentaries are From Africa to India: Sidi Music in the Indian Ocean Diaspora, and Music for a Goddess, which concerns musical tradition and modernity among Dalit (‘untouchable’) devadasis of the Deccan region of southern Maharashtra and Northern Karnataka (Van Nuys: Apsara Media, 2008).

Saibal Chatterjee

Saibal Chatterjee is a writer and National Award-winning film critic based in New Delhi. He reviews films for www.ndtvmovies.com and also writes for several other media platforms in India and elsewhere. He edited Encyclopaedia Britannica’s volume on Hindi cinema besides authoring an authorised biography of poet-lyricist-filmmaker Gulzar. He covers several of the world’s premier film festivals. He has also researched for and scripted important documentary films over the past decade.

Sujata Bhalchandra Kango

Sujata Kango has 20 years experience as higher secondary school teacher at Shri Shivaji High School.  Where she has been directing plays besides teaching English and Sciennce.  She has conducted acting classes at Dept of Dramatics in Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, and classes about Indian culture architecture, dance, drama, etc. in various schools.  She has acted in plays, TV serials and films over last 30 years  She has received Best Actress award by State Govt of Maharashtra 6 times (1 gold medal & 5 silver medals).

Ajit Dalvi

Ajit Dalvi (born 1951, MA in Political Science) taught Political Science at Vasantrao Naik College A’bad from 1973 to 2011.  He is renowned playwright in Marathi.  Some of his plays includes Mukti Dham (1979), Ladha (1980), Doctor Tumhi Sudhha… (1991), Gandhi Virudhha Gandhi (1995) and Samajswasthya (2017).  He has also written screenplays for feature films.  Received award for Best Story and Best Screenplay from State Govt of Maharashtra for film Bindhast (1999), Best Screenplay award from Maharashtra Times for Dhyasparva (2001).