Cultural Sunday - The Visionaries: Three Indian Filmmakers with Global Relevance

Lecture Series

Sunday, May 16, 2021

11AM - 12PM


Lights, camera, action! Join us for the next Cultural Sunday event, "The Visionaries: Three Indian Filmmakers with Global Relevance". The program will feature a conversation between Dr. Kunal Sen and Dr. Gowri Ramnarayan about Mrinal Sen, Ritwik Ghatak, Satyajit Ray and their work.

This program is open to the public with a suggested donation of $15. Register

Dr. Kunal Sen grew up in a cultural milieu in Calcutta. His father, Mrinal Sen was a filmmaker, and his mother Gita Sen a stage and film actress. However his interest drifted towards science. After obtaining a graduate degree in Physics, he switched to Computer Science and obtained his PhD in Artificial Intelligence from University of Illinois in Chicago. After working in a medical research lab for a few years, he joined Encyclopaedia Britannica and served as its Chief Technology Officer for the next twenty years. Currently, he is the Head of Technology at Morningstar, a global financial research company. For the last ten years Kunal has also established himself as a visual artist, working in various media including electronic kinetic art. He is also the author of a number of text books in basic computer science.

Dr. Gowri Ramnarayan is a playwright, theatre director, journalist (The Hindu), vocal accompanist to legendary Carnatic musician M S Subbulakshmi, and founder/artistic director, JustUs Repertory. Her witty, thought-provoking, visually interesting plays make original use of poetry, music, dance and painting and present a rare amalgam of aesthetics and scholarship. She has authored books such as Abu’s World (HarperCollins), Past Forward (OUP), Dark Horse, and Other Plays (Wordcraft); translated eminent Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkar’s plays; and served as Fipresci Jury member at international film festivals in India and Europe. She is Chairperson, Rukmini Devi Arundale Trust; Senior Associate, Sruti magazine; member, Regional Advisory Committee, Indian Council for Cultural Relations; and guest faculty, Asian College of Journalism.

Presented by the International House Global Voices Program and Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts.