Prominent Indian film-makers, performers, and business and spiritual leaders will descend on Southern California next month to attend a celebration to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Indian independence.

India Splendor will take place from Aug 10-15 and is being hosted by MGlobal Trust in association with ICM and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

The six-day event will open with a screening of Chak De India and includes a screening of Gandhi, a tribute to Raj Kapoor, art workshops, fashion show, and lectures on spirituality.

'Our vision has been to bring all the facets of Indian culture, including our booming film industry, to the U.S. in jointly celebrating this momentous mark in history,' MCorp Global chairman Bhupendra Kumar Modi said.

'With this industry showcase, we look to catalyse long-term creative and business connections between our two international capitals of cinema, which together produce more popular entertainment than the rest of the world combined.'

'Indian cinema is an important force, and we are pleased to help lead an exchange of ideas and artistic expression between filmmakers from Mumbai to Los Angeles,' ICM chief Jeff Berg said. 'We commend Dr Modi and MCorp Global in this ambitious cultural undertaking.'

'UCLA is proud to collaborate on India Splendor, and we look forward to hosting many of its events on our campus,' UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Dean Robert Rosen added.

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