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Chitra Neogy

Adjunct Instructor

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Guest Artist at: Sarah Lawrence, Yale, Harvard. Brooklyn College, Pratt, Hunter and Rutgers College.

Films

Blood Words / A Warrior Walk 2010-2015 (Book and Film)
Published by International Publications Media Group.                 

Currently in the pre-production stages (script writing, research and development) of the feature length film Blood Words / A Warrior WAlk.  Blood Words is a Cinepoem reflecting the notion of space and time as perceived through the eyes of a young Indian woman.  Through her, the nature of dualities inherent in each one of us will be explored, and the film will attempt to interweave the struggles and textures of two cultures experienced and lived in one individual. She will be seen within both cultures, and a visual and emotional montage in both ambiances will reflect the textures and struggles of a woman, an individual and an artist who follows her call and her Numinosity. To be shot in New York City, New Mexico, Paris, South and West India and Morocco

Awards
November 2001 Jerome Foundation Grant for pre-production of ‘Sand Shades.’( Blood Words)


A Journey Within A Journey 1998

Presentations (1998-2012)

  • Premiered at Asia Society, New York
  • WETA PBS, Washington DC
  • Queens Museum of the Arts, Queens. NY
  • Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada
  • Art Institute, Chicago
  • Honolulu Academy of Art, Hawaii
  • Tibetan Museum, New York
  • National  Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.
  • One month tour of Art Theatres in fifteen towns in Germany
  • Asia Society, New York
  • ARAS- The Jung Foundation, New York, Chicago
  • Institute of  Noetic Sciences, New York City
  • Women of Vision, New York City
  • Stoneridge Center For The Arts, New York
  • Plan B- Center for the Evolving Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Private Screening for Women Educators and Women of Vision, New York
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • New York University, New York City
  • Yale College, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
  • University of Chicago, Chicago
  • University of Milwaukee, Milwaukee
  • Marquette University, Milwaukee
  • Hunter College, CUNY, New York
  • College of New Rochelle, New York
  • Latin School, Chicago (artist in residence)
  • St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada
  • International Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Alternative Film Festival, Woodstock, NY
  • Indigenous Film Festival, Woodstock, New York
  • Women in the Directors Chair Film Festival, Chicago
  • Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Canada
  • Black Maria Film Festival, New Jersey
  • Women’s Film Festival, France
  • Telluride Film Festival, Colorado
  • Upstate Theater, Rhinebeck, New York
  • Wormwood Theater, Halifax, Canada
  • Women in Limbo, The Knitting Factory, New York City

Woman-Self (1987-2004)
Written, directed, edited and performed in a thirty minute film exposing a mythical and personal quest for creativity and self expression from a woman who if from another culture.

Awards
Best Rendition of Poetry in Motion on Film -Women in the Director’s Chair Film Festival, Chicago 1988

Best Director -Festival of Vision, Baca Colorado 1988

Best Rendition of Poetry in Motion on Film -South Asian Film Festival, NYU New York City, 1988      

Presentations

  • Hunter College, CUNY, New York
  • Baruch College, CUNY, New York
  • College of New Rochelle, New York
  • Brooklyn College, Women's Center, Bklyn, New York
  • Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
  • Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York
  • Women in the Director’s Chair Film Festival, Chicago
  • Stone ridge Center For The Arts
  • Indigenous Film Festival, Woodstock, New York
  • Asian American Film Festival, New York City
  • South Asian Film Festival, NYU, New York City
  • Festival of Vision, Baca, Colorado
  • Women’s study group, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Women of Vision, Washington D.C.
  • Aired on Cable 90’s and Alive TV

Documentaries for the Festival of India in the U.S. (1984-1986)
Written, Directed and Narration for the following:
Kuchipudi Dance – Asia Society, NY – a documentary on Satya Narayana Sharma

Essence of Indian Art-Asian Arts Museum, San Francisco

Forms of Mother Earth – Mingei Museum, San Diego

Contemporary Indian Poetry  – Central Park & MOMA, NY

Ghashiram Kotwal – classical Indian Dance Theater, Chicago      

Jain Manuscripts – New York Public Library, NYC

Paintings of the Raj – The Morgan Library, NYC


The Theater of the Maharaja (1990-1991) 
Assistant to Werner Herzog in research and filming of a documentary on folk and tribal performing artist in Rajasthan, India, aired for German television. Word-Art (performance)

Word-Art: Performance

Dream Streams ~ Falling Moon in Silken Waves (1999-2004)

  • Recorded in 2000 in Taos, New Mexico
  • Performed in Prague with musicians Peter Filak and Jan Cambal. 
  • On tour in, Woodstock (NY), Stone ridge Center for the Arts (NY), and Paris (2000).
  • Open Center, NYC (2002).

In Beauty May I Walk (2001)
Writing and narration for an audio series based on studying, understanding and accepting the concept of ‘Beauty’ within ourselves. In collaboration with Linley Solari In Beauty May I Walk is an audio ‘experience’ (just over three hours) for the inner life, an unveiling of the Beauty Mind. The consciousness of Beauty is explored through wisdom teachings, through some of the world's most inspired spiritual poetry, through scripture from many of the world's religious traditions, and through meditations designed to help the listener shift out of negative mind states.

Published Books

Earth Tones Woman
In collaboration with photographer Jamie Columbus, Manoshi Chitra Neogy contributes poetry to each photo making it (the women) come alive with presence, grace and absolute strength.  

Magical Landscapes
Paintings by Marion Struken-Bachmann and poetry by MCN creates a "collaboration of visual and verbal palettes”, blending Chitra Neogy's searching poems alongside Marion Strueken-Bachmann's haunting landscapes. "If the landscapes are refractions of a limitless colorful imagination, then Chitra Neogy's poems are reflections from the optical world to the rhetorical world, or what the Medievalists claimed as 'moly,' the gold in language's most haunting extensions. Often written in the imperative voice, Chitra Neogy's voice seeks to find the 'moly' in the painting that will elevate the soul's aspirations." - Lee Roloff, Ph.D.

Soul Unsold
A publication of photographs by Mandy Vahabzadeh and poetry by MCN, Soul Unsold is a tapestry of word-art and photography, collaboration between photographer Mandy Vahabzadeh and poet Chitra Neogy. "Chitra Neogy -Tezak's verse moves gracefully in the light of the photographs, the result brings us a lovely marriage of images and words dropped superbly and softly into place, and Soul Unsold becomes a testament to what many of us are, or what we have been." - Gordon Parks

Student Films & Testimonials

Painted Soul by Jiawei Cheng:
Painted Soul was created by Tisch undergraduate film student Jiawei Cheng for the final project in her documentary film class. In this film Tisch Open Arts adjunct instructor Chitra Neogy discusses the art of cinema.

Film as a Transformative Process

Chitra Neogy: 'Transforming Lives' (01/17/12): http://tisch.nyu.edu/special-programs/news/2012/01/chitra-neogy-transforming-lives

Film: 'A Transformative Process' with Chitra Neogy (03/08/12): http://tisch.nyu.edu/special-programs/news/2012/03/film-a-transformative-process-with-chitra-neogy

A Chat with Chitra about Film (04/12/12): http://tisch.nyu.edu/special-programs/news/2012/04/a-chat-with-chitra-about-film

Indiewire talks to Chitra Neogy (05/21/13): http://tisch.nyu.edu/special-programs/news/2013/05/indiewire-talks-to-chitra-neogy

Taking a 'Journey' through Film (05/30/13): http://tisch.nyu.edu/special-programs/news/2013/05/taking-a-journey-through-film

Frame and Sequence
http://www.youtube.com/user/NeogyDFS2010

https://vimeo.com/81174287
https://vimeo.com/chitradfsfall2013

Courses

Current
Film as a Transformative process, A Vision beyond Technology (Open Arts)
Intermediate Experimental
Independent Studies (Gallatin)
Experiment Screen Writing
Architecture of Self
Riders of the Soul / The universal language of music
Sublime Cinema / Film beyond Film
Women who run with the wolves / The feminine mystique in Cinema

Past
Story telling strategies
Frame & Sequence
The Architecture of Dreams.

Education

MFA Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, England
Two year Internship: BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)
B.A. (Philosophy, Art and Literature and International Cinema) Calcutta University, Calcutta, India
Diploma in Fine Arts Shanti Nike tan (Tagore School of Fine Arts), Calcutta, India