L. SOMI ROY
 

L. SOMI ROY
Founder and Managing Trustee

Work in Film: A film and media curator out of New York, Roy has curated for The Asia Society, Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, Whitney Museum, and the Smithsonian, among others. His film exhibitions have been seen across the US and in China, India, Indonesia and Israel.

Roy was Festival Director of the Gold Coast International Film Festival in New York, the Asian American Film Festival of New York, and the New York Indian Film Festival. He produced animation displays for the Atlanta Olympics, the International Women's Conference in Beijing, and HD for Tokyo Broadcasting System in New York.

Academia: He has taught at New York University and Manhattan Marymount College and has written on film and culture for The Smithsonian, Wide Angle, Artforum, International Documentary, the Black Film Bulletin of British Film Institute, and The Drama Review. He has given talks at the National Geographic Society, the Asia Society, and the Smithsonian Institution in the US; and Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, TISS in Mumbai, and at Manipur University.

Presenting Manipur Internationally : Roy has a singular record of experience in the presentation and dissemination of Manipuri culture on the international stage.

Venues include the United Nations, New York Public Library, Harvard University, Symphony Space NYC, and University of Kentucky in the US; and Cambridge University and the Royal Asiatic Society in England.

Roy worked with The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. and Newark Museum on exhibiting Manipuri costumery; and with Japan Society, in New York on Page Out of Order: M2M, on a performance on the submerged cultures of Macedonia and Manipur. He worked with my Alford Manor House, Lincolnshire, UK, on costumery and textiles to commemorate the centenary of the Kuki Uprising of World War I.

Translating Binodini: Roy's translations of the works of M.K. Binodini Devi from the Manipuri include My Son, My Precious (Cinewave, Kolkata, 1981), Crimson Rainclouds a dual language, three script publication including archaic Meitei Mayek script (Thema Books, Kolkata, 2012), The Maharaja's Household (Zubaan Books, New Delhi, 2015) and The Girls' Hostel (Visva-Bharati Quarterly, Santiniketan, 2016).

He has presented Manipuri literature in translation at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival in 2015, Cultures of Peace conference on North East Indian writing in 2013 and 2015, and multi-arts Coalition Festival in New Delhi in 2016

Books: Roy started Imasi Publications in 2014 as an imprint of the Imasi Foundation to archive and publish the works of Binodini. To date, it has published the collected song lyrics (2014) and radio plays (2015) of Binodini. He also established a collection of books on Manipuri history and culture at the South Asian Libraries at Columbia University in New York in 2015, which led to the inclusion of Manipuri in the Indian Civilization course at Barnard College in 2016.

Work in Conservation: Roy's work in conservation include organizing the Myanmar Manipur Conference on the Conservation of Cultural Heritage; and the revival of MK Binodini Devi's environmental conservation dance drama Ballad of Loktak (1994/2016) in collaboration with Sangeet Natak Academy and the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy.

As part of his initiative spearheading the preservation of the endangered Manipuri Pony he installed a permanent exhibit on Manipuri polo at International Museum of the Horse in Lexington, Ky. in 2012. He is currently working on building a pony preserve on land that was granted as a result of his efforts. As a corollary, Roy promotes international polo in India, notably Polo Yatra, India's first national tour of international women's polo.