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Foundation for India Studies Partners with HCC

Capturing history of Houston’s Indo-American population on video

HOUSTON [November 28, 2012] – The Foundation for India Studies and HCC Northwest Audio Recording & Filmmaking Department are collaborating as partners in the Houston Indo-American Oral History Project.

An event for the signing of the official Memorandum of Understanding was held November 14 during the week of Diwali, which is the festival of lights celebrated in India and Hinduism. Featured guests included the Consul General of India, Parvathaneni Harish, FIS chairman, Krishna Vavilala, HCC Trustee Neeta Sane, HCC-Northwest President Dr. Zachary Hodges, and representatives from HCC, University of Houston, Houston Public Library, Indo-American Charity Foundation, and Sister Cities of Houston.The Houston Indo-American Oral History project is an initiative of the Foundation for India Studies, which engages members of the Indo-American community living in Houston to record their life stories and experiences. Interviewees are from the first generation of Indian immigrants that have lived in Houston for more than 25 years.

Although Indo-Americans are only 1.5 percent of Houston’s population, they have made significant contributions to Houston’s economy and quality of life through professional, scientific, technical, religious, artistic and political involvement.

“The Indo-American community has made a real home in the city of Houston and the oral history project captures the truthful proud moments of Indian pioneers for future generations, historians, researchers, anthropologists and many others,” said FIS chairman, Krishna Vavilala.

As part of the Foundation for India Studies, Houston Indo-American Oral History Project, HCC students are video recording the stories from Houston’s first generation of Indian immigrants. Under the direction of Ty Welborn, department chair for Audio Recording, HCC serves as an advisor to FIS on video recording technology and ensures that recorded interviews meet appropriate standards of quality. Student interns video record the interviews in the studios on the Spring Branch campus. The interviews are then digitally archived in Houston Public Library’s servers and made accessible to the public via the internet.

“We are honored that the Foundation for India Studies chose our filmmaking team to document the histories of Houston’s Indo-American population. There’s a reality in this project that can’t be duplicated with a class project because this provides our students with a real client and experience,” said HCC Video Technology professor, Richard Boyd.

HCC Northwest Audio Recording & Filmmaking Department is one of the few community college filmmaking programs in Texas. This program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree and workforce certificates in screenwriting, editing and production. Graduates of the program have moved into every aspect of the film and video industry.

For more information about HCC’s Audio Recording & Filmmaking department contact Ty Welborn at

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