The Concept

For one amazing week , the spirit of India resonated in the heart of Beverly Hills ! India Splendor was a glorious celebration of the best of contemporary India, with a special focus on its achievements in the fields of Entertainment, Enlightenment and Enterprise !

India Splendor was a showcase for the global impact of India's extraordinary Heritage, Holistic teachings and Hi-tech contribution to the world. The festival also celebrated new films and Arts of India with daily screenings of films and Q & A sessions with producers, directors and stars from the world's largest film industry.

Presented by UCLA Film & Television Archives and MGLOBAL TRUST in association with Art Wallah and Habiart Foundation, the festival built synergies between the creative communities of Hollywood and Bollywood by creating a vibrant new forum for exchange of ideas. The festival opened with a Red Carpet Event and World Premiere of a much-awaited Bollywood film on August 10, 2007 at the AMPAS theater . The gala finale celebrated 60 years of India's independence.

The Festival Encompassed :

  • An Art workshop with Indian Artists spanning three generations, at the UCLA Campus . The highlight of the workshop was a live presentation by legendary Indian Artist M.F. Husian during the cocktail reception. The Art works created during the workshop were displayed at the Royce Hall UCLA.
  • A fashion show by Suneet Varma
  • Shri Shri Ravi Shankarji deliberated on the Holistic and Heritage aspect of India
  • Performances by Shamik Davar, Sonu Nigam, Sadhya, Kabir Bedi etc.
India Splendor marked the beginning of a vibrant new Indo-US relationship between the world's two largest democracies, two largest film industries and two most culturally diverse countries.