Aravindan Memorial Lecture

Aravindan Memorial Lecture 2020

This year, Mira Nair will deliver the annual Aravindan
Memorial Lecture.

Mira Nair is an Indian-American filmmaker based in New York City. Her production company, Mirabai Films, specializes in films for international audiences on Indian society, whether in the economic, social or cultural spheres. Among her best-known films are Mississippi Masala, Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, The Namesake, the Golden Lion winning Monsoon Wedding, and Salaam Bombay! which received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language.Before she became a filmmaker, Nair was originally interested in acting, and at one point she performed plays written by Badal Sarkar, a Bengali theatre icon. While she studied at Harvard University, Nair became involved in the theatre programme and won a Boylston Prize for her performance of Jocasta’s speech from Seneca’s Oedipus. From Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996) and Vanity Fair (2004) to Amelia (2009), Mira has worked on period dramas. Her latest work is the 6-part television adaptation of A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth’s beloved, kaleidoscopic novel of early post-Partition India, from 1993 (It began streaming on Acorn TV on December 7th and later in BBC and Netflix).

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