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FIRST PITCH: THE US MANIPUR BASEBALL PROJECT, founded in January 2005, supports baseball in Manipur, an Eastern Himalayan state in India bordering on Myanmar. In November 2006 it organized Camp Manipur!, a 10-day coaching camp conducted by Major League Baseball International. Equipment support is provided by Spalding Company in the US. "First Pitch" plans to build a center of baseball for South and Southeast Asia in Imphal. A documentary on the project is being made by New York filmmaker Mirra Bank. Manipuri Coaches will come to the US in Fall 2007 and MLB coaches Jeff Brueggemann and Dave Palese will return to Imphal in Winter 2007.

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digitizeMANIPUR! is a multi-media project to digitize and preserve the medieval Manipuri manuscripts in the archive of Oja N. Khelchandra. It is being set up by the Appalachian Center and the Collaboratory for Researching for Computing in the Humanities at the University of Kentucky, as well as the New York Public Library. A colloquium on Manipur and Tibeto-Burman cultures was held at UKy in May 2007.

THE MAHATMA AND KING is a 5-day film exhibition on the life, philosophy and connections between Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Co-curated for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York, in 2007. More info to come.

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In April/May 2007, Appalshop, the media, arts, and education center in Whitesburg, Kentucky, hosted 13 Indonesians from Jakarta and Yogyakarta as part of a multi-phased, international exchange project. The project pairs a growing network of Indonesian media organizations like Boemboe, Etnoreflika, InDocs, Kampung Halaman, Komunitas Dokumenter, and Tembi.

The project is the second international exchange project for Appalsshop in Asia, the first being "Appalshop in China" from 2000-2005 (see Past Projects).

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Photo and Video Gallery of Laihui at Symphony Space and UN, New York

SONGS & SHAMAN DANCES OF MANIPUR from the Imphal-based LAIHUI ENSEMBLE made its US debut at Peter Norton Symphony Space on May 11, 2007. The Ensemble also performed at the opening of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenus Issues on May 14. The ensemble, led by Mayanglambam Mangangsana, performed the first dance and classical music performance devoted to the shaman-led Lai Haraoba festival to be performed outside Manipur. The concert was presented by World Music Institute in association with Asia Society. The ceremony at the UN was produced in association with Roberto Borrero of the American Museum of Natural History and CORE.

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KHADISHOP is an arts-and-commerce collaboration between Somi and fashion designer Lata Karna. It repurposes Khadi, the all-natural, organic, homespun from India. KhadiShop was launched in May 2005 and its summerwear is available on the web and through arts outlets and artists' homes.

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