South by Southwest 2023 To Convene In March
India-West Staff Reporter
AUSTIN, TX – For the first time in its 37-year history, South by Southwest (SXSW) celebrating the convergence of tech, film, music, education, and culture will partner with South Asian House (SAH) to highlight, recognize, and appreciate South Asians.
Convening at the iconic Warehouse District of downtown Austin, on March 11 and 12, 2023, the first-ever SAH during SXSW will feature two full days of programming, according to a SAH press release.
It will range from panel discussions on women in film, business tech, and climate change to curated sets of live and electronic music to a Reel Deal session, Comedy Hour, Industry Leadership Sessions, Mental Health Corner, Queer/Dalit Visual Art NFTs, and Desi Drag Brunch.
SAH will culminate in a red-carpet, awards ceremony recognizing South Asian Trailblazers in Cinema. It will also recognize accomplished members of the diaspora from the seven South Asian nations – India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Maldives.
SAH is the brainchild of veteran producers, curators, and programmers Rohi Mirza Pandya (Box Office Guru Media & Desipina), Monika Samtani (Ms. Media & The Fem Word), Jitin Hingorani (Jingo Media & DFW South Asian Film Festival), and Kirtana Banskota (Banskota Productions & Nepal America Film Society).
SAH will also welcome community leaders and partners such as Shelly Kapoor Collins, founder of the Shatter Foundation, a nonprofit to bring entrepreneurship education to girls; The Partnership, Inc, a nationally recognized organization supporting the development of professionals of color; Story lounge Studios, a NYC based artistic collective which will present “The Reel Deal,” hosted by Vick Krishna and Samrat Chakrabarti, focused on how to make effective Instagram and TikTok reels, as well as a Variety Show with music and comedy featuring special guests.
To round out the weekend’s eclectic programming, Indo Warehouse, a premium brand across New York’s world-class electronic music scene, will feature its founding artists, Kahani and Kunal Merchant.
Pooja Kumar, an Award-winning actress, Milan Chakraborty, Head of Film at Marginal Mediaworks and SXSW veteran, and Falguni Lakhani Adams, Executive Producer at VICEMedia will be official mentors.
For details on the programming, follow @southasianhouse on Instagram.