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THE INDO PERU FILM AND CULTURAL FORUM

The Asian Society of Film and Television integrated with the Government of Peru to form the Indo-Peru Cultural Forum. The idea is to get to know each other’s culture which will eventually help to make a critical analysis of one’s own culture, and performance. Peru, the third-largest South American nation, has fine arts as well as performing arts as a part of its culture. It has also been influenced by not only its geography, but also many other factors such as the influx of the Spanish conquerors, the inflow of immigrants from Africa, Asia, and Europe. Peru stands distinct with its cultural diversity and as connoisseurs of music. Their newly created modern music is an amalgamation of the decades-old native Inca and Spanish styles. Gradual development has been seen in the world of films and television production. The forum conducts regular seminars, symposiums, and debates to disseminate the culture of both societies and have a cultural exchange of singers, musicians, dancers, and stage artists from both countries. Films and television programs are regularly screened in each other’s country. Sandeep Marwah is the Chairman of the Indo-Peru Cultural Forum.

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INDO EGYPT CULTURAL FORUM

The Asian Society of Film & Television and the Embassy of Egypt in India have coordinated to form the Indo-Egypt Cultural Forum. Various cultures have influenced the Indian and Egyptian culture over time and are over 1000 years old. The Indo-Egypt Cultural Forum functions within the confines of the great and ancient culture of India and Egypt. A technology-driven medium such as film, television, and radio offer one a platform for artistic expressions. It derives its influence from the cultural ethos of society.  The foray of television began at nearly the same time in both countries in the 20th century. This forum will work within the confines of the cultural milieu of both nations. Seminars, symposiums, and debates held to disseminate the cultural heritage and provide a stage for singers, musicians,dancers, stage-artists to showcase their talent in each other’s countries. Films and television programs from India and Egypt are screened regularly in both countries. Sandeep Marwah is again the Chairman of the Indo-Egypt Cultural Forum.

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INDOSUDAN CULTURAL FORUM

The Asian Society of Film and Television joined hands with the Embassy of Sudan in India to form the Indo-Sudan Cultural Forum to strengthen the bond between those in India and Sudan. As one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, Sudan has about 600 tribes that speak 400 languages and dialects. The modern Sudanese songs are highly influenced by Egyptian and European influences, although the rhythm and melody belong to Sudan. The youth in Sudan make short documentary films to promote social cohesion in the country. The Indo-Sudan Cultural Forum facilitates the exchange of performing artists and also screens films from both countries. It also provides education and training facilities to young film and television professionals in India. Sandeep Marwah is the Chairman of the Indo-Sudan Cultural Forum.

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INDO NIGERIAN FILM ASSOCIATION

The Asian Society of Film and Television and the government of Nigeria together formedthe Indo Nigerian Film Association. Nigerian films began to be produced in the sixties and grew exponentially as a cultural force by the nineties and now become a role model for the rest of the African countries. The government of India and Nigeria realize the requisite need to support filmmakers in all ways, be it the importance of preservation, conservation, restoration of films besides education and training in the art and craft of making films. At around about the same time, Television made an entry into both countries and became a boon for filmmakers in both countries. The Indo Nigerian Film Association regularly organizes Films and TV programs to be screened in each other’s country. It also encourages the co-production of films and TV programs by Indian and Nigerian professionals. It imparts education and provides facilities for training for Nigerian media professionals in the makingin India. Sandeep Marwah is the Chairman of the Indo Nigerian Film Association.

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INDO ISREAL CULTURAL FORUM

The Asian Society of Film and Television collaborated with the Cultural Affairs Department of the Embassy of Israel to create the Indo Israel Cultural Forum. Israel is a multi-cultural society that has immigrants from one hundred countries from worldwide. The Fine arts, as well as performing arts in this forum, are well-developed in stature while the theatre is active with dozens of troupes who perform for the locals, Indians, and foreigners. Even though the Israel film industry is nascent, it continues to get international recognition. The main source of entertainment is the television and radio in Israel. A good number of singers, musicians, stage artists, films, and Television professionals are exchanged through this forum. Films from India and Israel are regularly screened in both countries. This forum not only provides a link between the film industries of both countries but also facilitates logistics for the professional film and television crew when they visit each other’s countries. Sandeep Marwah has been nominated as the Chairman of this Indo-Israel Cultural Forum.

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THE BHAWANI EDUCATIONAL AND CHILDREN CARE SOCIETY

Sandeep Marwah has been made a patron of this not-for-profit organization. Ever since its inception in 1999, it works for the welfare of the disabled and the poorest sections of society throughout India. It pays importance to families who are unable to fulfil the special needs of children who suffer in silence and help them out. The active members consider their voluntary and self-less service on par with the worship of God. Society not only creates awareness about the sad plight of such members, but also provides medical assistance as well as education and suitable vocational training support to them. He gives immense support to Bhawani Educational and Children Care Society, which is one such organization that is involved in such noble causes.

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THE INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC BROADCASTING FORUM (IPBF)

Marwah Studios started the International Public Broadcasting Forum (IPBF) to inform, educate and entertain the public. It produces and transmits Radio and TV programs that benefit society, that is sidelined and not broadcast due to the commercialization of the media. It highlights daily issues and selects people from complex societies to reflect and analyze them on a deeper level. It helps and supports producers of radio and television programs to broadcast it to the public. It acts as a facilitator to exchange non-commercial radio and television programs with their producers around the world. It conducts extensive research with the audience to decipher people’s likes and dislikes and ascertain the need for non-commercial programs. This forum organizes lively debates, seminars, workshops, and symposiums related to public service broadcasting.

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NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION OF INDIA

Sandeep Marwah is the patron-in-chief of the Newspaper Association of India (NAI) which is a not-for-profit trade association. Manifest with over 6000 owners, publishers, editors of large, medium, small newspapers besides magazines, NAI’s main focus is to promote independent and quality journalism. It works in close coordination with policy officials to safeguard small and medium newspapers that cater to the locals’ tastes as they are in sync with their likes and dislikes and cater to the rural and small towns. Usually, these small and medium newspapers are run by those with lesser income and face different challenges daily. Sandeep Marwah believes that they are given adequate protection and promotion.

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THE INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FORUM

The International Children’s Film Forum (ICFF) is one of its kind in the Indian private sector that has been created by Sandeep Marwah. This forum lends credence and support to `The Children’s Film Society of India (ICFF), which is funded by the government. It believes that pictures in motion spell magic on the young minds of children and can even form an alternative to parents and teachers who are levied with a huge responsibility to guide them. It holds debates, seminars, symposiums, workshops, and film festivals for kids and even ensures that these films are screened for school children. ICFF conducts extensive research on the films before they are screened for children. It also facilitates the exchange of children’s films at the global level and gives due recognition to filmmakers around the world. It also supports producers of children’s films in varied ways and ensures that there is a sensible exchange of films throughout the world. It also undertakes the onus to shape the moral character and social behaviour of children.

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JAWAHARLAL NEHRU FORUM

The Asian Education Group started the Jawaharlal Nehru Forum to strengthen our democracy through seminars, symposiums, and workshops. Sandeep Marwah is a huge admirer of the late Shri Jawahar Lal Nehru, India’s architect who made India into a sovereign, socialist, secular democratic republic. He ensured justice was met out to one and all on the social, economic, and political levels and promoted freedom of expression, the liberty of thought, belief, faith, and worship. He stressed the equality of status and provision of opportunities and ensured that an individual’s dignity is intact, besides the unity and integrity of the nation among the entire fraternity. He brought industrialization into force and propelled the nation’s development through a meticulous plan. Likewise, he organized seminars, symposiums, and workshops regularly to discuss different methods to strengthen the democracy in India.