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…Actually this is my first big adventure ever! On Friday I will be embarking on a terrifying 15 hr flight to India. I have never left the country and the longest plane ride I’ve ever been on was about and 1.5 hrs. and I was not fond of it then. However, I am BEYOND excited to be going to India!!! I had never really thought about traveling much and certainly never while in school because it just wasn’t part of my lifestyle at home (I’ve never even been on a family vacation). So when this opportunity came to my attention, I never thought it would become a reality. I feel to incredibly lucky to be going on this trip and I know it will be filled with many, many experiences, memories and lessons that will most definitely be life changing. I cannot wait for it all to begin 🙂

The reality of actually going to India hasn’t really set in, even though we leave in less than 2 days. I think it won’t be real to me until I’m on the plane, or until we’ve landed and I have survived the plane ride (haha). I’m very excited but I’m also a worry-wart so to me, nothing is real and solid until I can actually see it for myself. Therefore, all my excitement may come bursting out when we land in India (fair warning to everyone on the trip—haha).

I can’t wait to visit India because for the past 2 years I have been studying the culture and it’s people through various SU courses and by new Indian friends who have graciously answered my never ending supply of questions and curiosities (thanks for that guys!). It has opened my eyes up to a whole new world that I truly respect and admire in many ways. I can’t wait to actually be a part of it and experience this once in a lifetime opportunity.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain ~


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Syracuse University is back in “Bollywood” for a fourth time. Follow our blog and follow us on Twitter also. #SUBollywood

Students travel to Bollywood, study with Indian filmmakers

May 4, 2012

By Wendy S. Loughlin • (315) 443-2785

Nine students from the Newhouse School will soon embark on a 15-hour flight to Mumbai, India, as part of the SU Abroad course “Bollywood Snapshots: SU Internships in Mumbai.” This is the fourth time the course has been offered.

Under the direction of Tula Goenka, associate professor of television-radio-film in the Newhouse School, the four-week internship course allows students to work directly with Indian filmmakers and production companies.

The course is based at leading Bollywood director Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International (WWI) Institute for Film, Television and Media Arts, and various other locations in Mumbai. Students will leave on May 18 and return to the United States on June 20. As in past years, the trip will include a visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra.

“I was so impressed the first time I visited Whistling Woods International campus in 2007, I knew I had to share it with my students,” says Goenka. “Since then, I have brought 30 Newhouse students to Bombay to receive hands-on experience in the Hindi film and television industry. It’s a life-changing experience for them, and it never would have been possible without WWI.”

Despite recent legal issues regarding the land deal that allowed WWI to be built, Goenka says the institute is “ready to welcome students with open arms once again.”

The students will blog about their experiences at https://subollywood2012.wordpress.com. Follow them on Twitter via #SUBollywood.

Participating students include Gautam Badgujar, Anthony DiBiase, Alexandra Hayes, Mina Johnson, Luis Lopez, Iris Park, Kelvin Sherman, Danielle Skipper and Kishauna Soljour.

Goenka, who was born and raised in India, has more than 30 years of experience in the film and television industry. She serves as co-director of SU’s annual Illuminating Oppression: Human Rights Film Festival. She is currently in post-production on a documentary film on Mithila painters in the Madhubani region of Bihar, India. Her book, “Not Just Bollywood: Conversations with Indian Movie Directors,” will be published later this year by Om Books International.

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