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Save the Date
September 21 - 25, 2009





September 21 - 25, 2009

Star Studded Gala
September 26, 2009

HOUSTON, TEXAS,  – Sutapa Ghosh announced the launching of the First Annual Indian Film Festival of Houston at a gathering hosted by the Consul General of India, Sanjiv Arora .  Ms. Ghosh, the Festival’s Founding Chairperson and Director, told the enthusiastic crowd that this will be the second Indian Film Festival in North America after the Los Angeles Indian Film Festival.  The First Annual Indian Film Festival of Houston will be September 21 through September 25, 2009 and will culminate with a star studded Gala on September 26, at the InterContinental Hotel.  The Film Festival will showcase movies from India and beyond, including regional films in three categories: feature films, short films, and documentaries.
Leading the helm of the Gala event are Honorary Chairs: Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and wife Gwen; Dr. Carolyn Farb hc; Consul General and Mrs. Sanjiv Arora; Drs. Renu and Suresh Khator; Joanne King Herring and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.  Gala chairs are Anna and Thomas Au, Duni Hebron, Deborah and Bill Colton, and Dr. Devinder and Gina Bhatia.  All funds from the gala will benefit MediSend International’s humanitarian programs in India and the First Annual Film Festival of Houston.  
Sutapa Ghosh, the driving force behind creating the Houston Indian Film Festival, has produced several award-winning films in India. “Houston is a natural selection to become another Bollywood location,” Ms. Ghosh explains.  “There is a large Indian population here and throughout Texas and Houston has become an important film center.  I am pleased to announce that I will be working with Worldwide Stage, Inc., the producing company of numerous international festivals and celebrity events,” Ms. Ghosh added.
The composite South Asian Houston, Dallas and other surrounding city communities include Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan and others, with an aggregate population of more than 350,000. The Asian Community includes Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and others, with a total population of more than 375,000 people. These combined communities offer more than 700,000 potential audience members. In addition, there are large Indian populations in cities close to Houston – Austin, Baton Rouge and San Antonio.
The Film Festival will be held at the Studio Movie Grill at Town & Country CityCentre at Memorial and Beltway 8 from September 21 through September 25, 2009 and will culminate with a star-studded Gala on September 26.  The Gala will be held at the InterContinenal Hotel at 2222 West Loop South.  The Gala will be a red carpet, black-tie/Indian chic award presentation event. 
Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend International, says, "MediSend International is grateful for this opportunity to tell the Houston community about our achievements in improving healthcare conditions around the world.  India has been and continues to be an important focus of our mission. Since 2004, we have served the international healthcare industry with innovative and comprehensive solutions designed specifically to meet the needs and challenges of hospitals in developing countries.  We are able to continue this progress only through the generosity of communities like Houston who have an abiding commitment to helping families and friends in developing countries."
Celebrities from India attending the Gala will be:
   Music Composer, Director and Singer A.R.Rahman,
 the legend who won two Oscar awards. He was the first Indian to receive the Oscars - one award for the best score and the second for best song "jai ho" from the film "Slum Dog Millionaire.
   Sonu Nigaam—Pop Singer and Performer
Sonu has performed not only in India, but almost every continent. His concerts have been held in America, UK, Europe, South Africa, France, Germany, Pakistan, Dubai, Afghanistan, Africa, Singapore, Bangkok, New Zealand, Fiji Islands, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kenya, Mauritius, Australia and Egypt.
    Director, Producer Megan Mylan,
 a 2009 Oscar winner for the Documentary Film, “Smile Pinki.” Her film, “Lost Boys of Sudan,” co-directed with Jon Shenk, won an Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for two national Emmys.
    Indian Film Writer and poet Gulzar
wrote the lyrics of the Oscar award winning Original Song "Jai Ho"
 from "Slumdog Millionaire.
Mohammad Iqbal Khan - Model, Actor, TV Host & television superstar.  Talented, versatile and charming, he has created a niche for himself.  He is an idol for national and international audiences.
For more information, please contact

 Jeff Smith with Smith & Sacco Public Relations at 713/627-8777
or email at

 For ticket information, please call 713-260-9630. For more information regarding the Festival, please visit the Indian Film Festival of Houston website at
About the Indian Film Festival of Houston
The Indian Film Festival of Houston is a nonprofit organization devoted to creating a greater appreciation of Indian Cinema and culture by showcasing quality films that honor entertainment industry performers and film makers while promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian Diaspora through an annual Festival within Houston’s diverse community.
About MediSend International
MediSend International is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit humanitarian organization that supports under-resourced hospitals in developing countries with a multi-dimensional approach to improving community health.  MediSend International’s mission includes education, training, technical support and management technologies in Biomedical Equipment Repair as well as the distribution of life-saving medical supplies and biomedical equipment for long-term partnerships and emergency relief programs. 

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