Harish SalujaInternational Filmmaker, Silk Screen Asian Arts
Harish Saluja is a filmmaker and artist residing in Pittsburgh, United States. He is the founder and Executive Director of Silk Screen Asian Arts and Cultural Organization, host of “Music from India” radio program, working on his next feature film and creating art for upcoming gallery shows.
Saluja was raised in India’s northwest state of Punjab. Growing up, he had a passion for art. He was fascinated by film, especially the work of filmmaker of Satyajit Ray.
In 1995 he established New Ray Films . Its first film was The Journey, which he wrote, directed, produced and also acted in a small role. The film is a Comedy/drama chronicling the cultural and generational shock of a retired Indian headmaster who comes to the U.S. to visit his physician son and American daughter-in-law. The film starred Roshan Seth and Saeed Jaffrey, two extremely talented Indian actors who were appearing together for the first time after Gandhi and My Beautiful Laundrette.
In addition to his work in film, Saluja has produced many works of abstract art that combine vivid colors and musical patterns. He has created series based on Ragas and on jazz.
Saluja co-hosts the weekly radio program "Music From India," which runs every Sunday night on the NPR affiliate, WDUQ-FM. The program has been airing since 1972 and is one of WDUQ's longest-running programs. It is the longest-running Indian music program in the country and among the longest in the world.