By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Jazz at Bucknell series and the University's Film/Media Studies series will present "Finding Carlton: Uncovering the Story of Jazz in India," on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre, located at 413 Market St. in Lewisburg.
The event will include a post-screening talk and question-and-answer session with filmmaker Susheel Kurien. Admission to Bucknell's Film/Media Series is $2 per person; Campus Dollars are accepted.
"Finding Carlton" is a mesmerizing story of cultural cross-pollination, born of the pre-war African-American diaspora, the American Army presence in Calcutta during the Second World War and the U.S. State Department's sponsored jazz tours in India.
The film is built around a portrait of Indian jazzman Carlton Kitto and explores India's little-known jazz age that lasted from the 1920s to the 1970s. It illuminates the influence of American jazz on Bollywood and provides one of the earliest examples of cultural globalization.
Kurien developed a love for jazz and film while growing up in India. After working as an assistant to a filmmaker in Bombay, he went on to a creative career that included multimedia production and copywriting. He moved to New York in 1981 and has served as a management consultant and entrepreneur. "Finding Carlton" is his first film.
Co-sponsors include the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender, and the Asian Studies Interest Group.
The next Jazz at Bucknell event is a free performance by The Claudia Quintet on Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.