Ariadne’s note: We are honored to present a talented poetess, filmmaker and actress from India and the United States.
Kalpna Singh-Chitnis is an American Poet, Filmmaker and Actor of East Indian descent based in the United States. She is also the President and Founder of the Silent River Film Festival in Irvine California.
Born in Gaya, Bihar, India, where Buddha got enlightenment, Kalpna grew up with much influence of Buddhism , despite her Hindu background. Educated at Magadh University Bodhgaya and New York Film Academy in Universal Studios, Hollywood, she began her career as a writer and lecturer of Political Science. She also worked as an actress and a model, before turning to the film directing.
Kalpna found success as a writer at a very young age and won many awards, including the prestigious Rajbhasha Award given by the government of Bihar, India, for her first poetry collection in Hindi “CHAND KAPAIVAND” (Patch of The Moon) when she was only twenty, and the Title of “Bihar Shree” (The Jewel of Bihar) for her contributions to the Hindi literature, when she was only twenty one.
Kalpna is a published author of fours books and a poetry album. Her writings have been published in major literary magazines and journal of Indian sub-continent, such as Hans, Kadambini, Saaptahik Hindustan,Dhramyug, Pahal, Aajkal, Navbharat Times and others. She has also been featured in Times of India, Femina,Care, Orange County Register, OC Weekly, Los Angeles Time, Daily Pilot and a number of Radio and Televisionshows such as ABC Channel 7, KPFK Radio, Aakashvani, LA18 etc. in North America.
After receiving her Master’s Degree in Political Science from Magadh University, Bodhagaya, Kalpna taught International Relations to the Post-Graduate students at Gaya College for a year.
In 1994, after getting married, she moved to the United States and lived in Lisle, Illinois forseven years, taking a break from her career and making family and children her main priority.
In 2000, she came to California to realize her dream of becoming a filmmaker. After graduating from the NewYork Film Academy in 2004, she started to make films. She is now settled in Irvine, where she raises her three young children age 11-16 and follows her passion.
Kalpna’s work as a film director was first recognized when her short film GIRL WITH AN ACCENT screened at many international film festivals and won “Silver Award” at SMTV Mumbai International Film Festival in 2006.
Her debut feature GOODBYE MY FRIEND (Adios Mi Amigo) world premiered at the Silent River Film Festival in September 2011 and had it’s South Asian premiere on January 18th 2012 at the Dhaka International Film Festival, Bangladesh. Goodbye My Friend has also been officially selected at Guwahati International Film Festival (India), LUMS International Film Festival Lahore (Pakistan), LA Fest (Hollywood) and Broadway International Film Festival (Los Angeles) in USA.
Kalpna’s fourth Poetry Collection BARE SOUL published in January 2013 has been among the top 10 best selling American Poetry and top 27th best selling World Poetry on Amazon Kindle.
Her poetry album TOUCHED BY THE DEVIL (poetry in paradox) published is 2011 is available online at www.amazon.com and www.kalpnasinghchitnis.com.
Kalpna, is currently working on developing screenplays of her next feature film ALL ABOUT MY FATHER anda short film DANCING IN THE RAIN. She is also recording her second poetry album “Ancient Love” and her poetry book ‘Bare Soul” will soon be available in paperback for the readers.
Biography provided by the Silent River. Contact: Kalpna Singh-Chitnis E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org www.kalpnasinghchitnis.com
A poem by – Kalpna Singh-Chitnis
stretch your wings and fly high,
under the blazing sun,
in the saffron skies…!
Fly across the deserts without any oasis,
searching for a caravan,
without any foot-prints…!
Fly across the oceans of tears and hurts,
without any island,
enlivening your thirst…!
Fly over the mountains with no trees or nests,
or any final place
for you to ever rest…!
light the sparks in the fallen stars,
siphon the volcanoes
hidden in our hearts..!
come on down and take a rest,
before setting out on
an unending quest…!
Rescue the songs from the rising flames,
on the fire again…!
Conquer the skies
and ask the questions
never been answered…!
fly to the lands of the glorious remains,
on your undefeated wings,
bring down the rain!
Copyright © 2012 Kalpna Singh-Chitnis – All rights reserved.