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Sat 22 Aug 2020

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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Namaste 2020: Global Utsava of Indian Soft Power

Timeless Cinema

August 22, 2020, Saturday | 05:30 - 07:00 PM IST

A treasure trove of stories, performing and visual arts, music and much more, Indian cinema has touched the hearts of people across the globe for decades. It is one of the most vibrant representations of the ever evolving socio-cultural milieu in India and the world. 

Special Guest: Amb. Ajay Bisaria, High Commissioner of India to Canada

Chair: Shri. Aseem Chhabra, Festival Director of New York Indian Film Festival (India) – Indian Film Festivals Abroad


  • Shri. Manoj Bajpayee, Film Actor (India) – Power of the Silver Screen
  • Ms. Erin Fraser and Mr. Matt Bowes, Bollywood Podcast Hosts (Canada) – Critiquing Indian Cinema for Global Audience
  • Shri. Amoghavarsha, Nature Filmmaker (India) – Indian Wildlife Documentaries



Amb. Ajay Bisaria

High Commissioner of India to Canada

Shri Ajay Bisaria is a Career Diplomat and assumed appointment as High Commissioner to Canada in 2020. He is an IFS officer of 1987 batch. Ajay Bisaria was appointed Private Secretary to the Prime Minister of India in 1999, and served in this capacity till 2004.


Shri. Aseem Chhabra

Festival Director of New York Indian Film Festival (India)

Aseem Chhabra is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed books, Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, the Star (2016) and Priyanka Chopra: The Incredible Story of a Global Bollywood Star (2018). A film journalist, freelance writer and festival director of the New York Indian Film Festival


Shri. Manoj Bajpayee

Film Actor (India)

Manoj Bajpayee is an Indian Film actor who predominantly works in Hindi Cinema and has also worked in South Indian films. Recipient of Padma Shri, Manoj has won several awards as Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor for Satya and Aligarh respectively.


Ms. Erin Fraser and Mr. Matt Bowes

Bollywood Podcast Hosts (Canada)

Matt Bowes and Erin Fraser are hosts of ‘Bollywood is For Lovers’ a bi-weekly podcast that explores the wonderful world of Hindi Cinema through the lens of two Canadian cinephiles. Now counting a hundred episodes and close to a million downloads, Matt Bowes and Erin Fraser continue to find delight in making their way through Bollywood from the early days to present.


Shri. Amoghavarsha

Nature Filmmaker (India)

Amoghavarsha is an award-winning filmmaker and wildlife photographer from Bangalore. Having worked with National Geographic and BBC, his work has been exhibited and appreciated across the world and won international awards such as the Impactdocs Award of Merit and the Australia India Youth Dialogue alumni grant for the year 2015 . His video work on climate change was showcased in the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. He also addressed the UN headquarters when his movie Wild Karnataka was screened there in 2020.