Chicago, IL: A Chicago based Indian American artist recently made her community proud and performed at a film festival, a Chicago-based competition festival for independent filmmakers worldwide. During her performance at the festival, Jaitly performed Bollywood dance with a saxophone artist Derrick Tate accompanying her on the instrument. Jaitly and Tate presented a fusion of Bollywood and Hollywood through dance and saxophone. The festival was sponsored by Various Artists TV, an independent network and website launched earlier this year in Chicago. This unique festival was designed to provide artists the opportunity to showcase their creativity and participate in a healthy competition with their talented peers.
The two day festival showcased a variety of films that included documentaries, comedies Short Film , Music Videos , Short Film , TV / Web Series Pilots , Documentary, Animation, Foreign Film, Horror / Thriller, Children / Family Content,and concluded with award presentations for each category. The judges for the festival included working industry professionals like Barrie M. Osborne (Producer ‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘The Matrix’), Joyce Cox (VFX Producer ‘Avatar’, ‘Titanic’, ‘The Dark Knight’) and Bob Gale (Writer / Producer ‘Back to the Future Trilogy’), Chris Walas (SFX Make Up Academy Award Winner ‘The Fly’ 1986 and so on.
Born and raised in Haryana, India, Prachi Jaitly currently lives in a Chicago suburb and performs a variety of roles. A mother and a wife, Jaitly runs a dance school in Chicago and also works a full time job in a hospital. Jaitly’s husband and son accompanied to the festival her to support her. Jaitly is an experienced writer, editor, English language faculty, Human Resource professional and a trained Indian classical dancer (Kathak). She has been teaching for over 10 years and has been performing for last 25 years. She is the Director of Bollywood Arts Academy Inc, Chicago and teaches dance and theater. She finished her MBA in Human Resources and Management from University of Illinois, Chicago and currently works as a Staffing Coordinator in a hospital. She worked as English Language and Literature faculty for Kurukshetra University and for Union Territory, Chandigarh for over five years utilizing her Masters in English Language and Masters in Philosophy. Putting her degree in Journalism and Mass Communication to work, she has written articles for Hindi and English newspapers and blogs in India as well as the US.
“Dance is a form of Mediation for me. It connects me with my inner self. Through dance, I try to try to spread joy and happiness around me. Walking the red carpet at today’s festival was a proud moment for me and my family”, said Jaitly.
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