Harish Saluja

Executive Director and Founder of Silk Screen, Harish Saluja, appeared on Indie Film Forum to talk about his upbringing, his career in the arts, his film "The Journey", and the creation of the Silk Screen Film Festival. Thank you to Kalpana Biswas and Indie Film Forum.

Behind The Silk Screen

Welcome to Behind the Silk Screen, a series where we interview artists and community members that help shape both Silk Screen and the culture around it. Interviewer Charlotte Scurlock sat down with Aparna Nemlekar, an intellectual property lawyer with Pepper Hamilton and Board Member at Silk Screen Film Festival. Thank you to Aparna Nemlekar, Pepper Hamilton, and Harish Saluja.

Harish Saluja Speaks at TEDxYouth@Shadyside

This past December, Silk Screen Executive Director Harish Saluja was a featured speaker at TEDxYouth in Shadyside.  He spoke about how he began his professional life with a degree in engineering and wound up the founder of a film festival.

Harish mentions that he first realized his love for art after watching a film that greatly moved him. The film left him hoping that he could one day tell stories that would move people in a similar way. And so, The Journey was created. Harish’s independent film received critical praise and appeared in showcases around the world.

The film helped to spark the idea of providing Asian cultures with more representation in the Pittsburgh area.  This led to Harish founding Silk Screen as well as the Asian fusion jazz band, Silk Sound. Over the past 10 years, Silk Screen has grown exponentially and Silk Sound has gone on to produce an album that was recently nominated as one of the ten best jazz albums in America.

Click here to check out Harish’s full speech!

TEDx Talks are independently organized TED events in which the focus is placed on bringing the community together to spark deep and important conversations. To learn more about TEDx and TEDxYouth@Shadyside, visit their site at http://tedxyouthshadyside.com/.