(New York, NY – November 22, 2013) More than 250 of New York’s crème de la crème packed the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Performing Arts on Thursday night to raise a glass and toast The Indo-American Arts Council’s 15th anniversary and celebrate the non-profit organization’s numerous contributions of Indian performing, visual and literary arts to New York City’s diverse cultural landscape. The IAAC honoured three outstanding Indian-Americans, author Salman Rushdie, filmmaker Mira Nair and Dr. Manjula Bansal, for their commitment and contributions to the global artistic community. Headlining the entertainment at the event was Oscar-winning duo: singer/songwriter/composer Paul Williams (Oscar winner with Barbara Streisand for “Evergreen”) with pianist/composer Kenny Ascher, of “Rainbow Connection” (from The Muppet Movie) fame. Additionally, Exclusively.In presented a breath-taking runway show featuring the creativity of iconic Delhi-based designer Manish Arora through his “Indian” collection. The emcee for the evening was comedian Dan Nainan, and some of the celebrities who presented awards and walked the red carpet included: chef and author Madhur Jaffrey, actor Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), writer and filmmaker Sabrina Dhawan, actor Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards), author, screenwriter, producer Tracey Jackson, Ambassador Manjeev Puri, actors Reshma Shetty (Royal Pains) and Manu Narayan, just to name a few.
“IAAC has been the perfect platform for nourishing and promoting Indian heritage, through the medium of performing arts, in our adopted homeland – the U.S.,” said Dr. Manjula Bansal, one of the honorees at the gala. “The IAAC has done invaluable work in creating a showcase for Indian Americans in many art forms. I’m delighted to have been a supporter from the earliest days,” said author and IAAC supporter Salman Rushdie. “Love and salaams to dynamic Aroon and the IAAC for bringing us our cinema for 15 years. Woo Hoo!” exclaims Mira Nair whose film Monsoon Wedding closed the first IAAC film festival.