Bollywood Arrives At US Universities: Tula Goenka

By • Jul 5th, 2009
Category: Bollywood, Diaspora, Entertainment, Featured, Mumbai, New York, People

Bollywood, or the Hindi film industry. has entered US schools. You read that right. Bollywood is currenly taught in a smattering of US universities as an under gradate course, and  New York’s Syracuse University  offers a Bollywood internship program in India. Syracuse is the first American University to offer a Bollywood internship that is headed by Tula Goenka, who teaches at the television, radio and film department  of the university.

Tula started her media career in India and moved to the USA 20 years ago and worked for Mira Nair’s early production and for Spike Lee’s production of Malcom X. She has just finished writing her first book titled “Bollywood and Beyond.”

Tula started the Bollywood internship program at Syracuse two years ago, when she took her first batch of American students to India’ entertainment capital: Mumbai.  Her students have worked for various production houses in India including Subash Ghai’s Mukta Arts, Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment and Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.

But, how did it all begin? How was this idea for a Bollywood internship born? What does it take to run such an innovative program?  Tune in to listen to Tula.

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