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L. SOMI ROY is a New York-based arts producer working on transnational media projects on local cultures.

He is also a writer, blogger, a filmmaker and a film and media curator specializing in Asian, Asian American and non-fiction films. KhadiShop is his art/commerce collaboration with fashion designer Lata Karna.

Somi's recent projects in international cultural interaction are marked by his explorations in re-mapping and transnational exchanges across international borders.

Re-mapping makes new connections between cultures that do not have a history of traditional interaction. It does so by using film, media technology, from television to the Internet. Re-mapping is a curatorial and arts response to globalization.

Somi is Executive Director of "First Pitch: The US Manipur Baseball Project", an organization he helped found in January 2005. He is a producer of a film currently being shot by Mirra Bank on this game in the Eastern Himalayas.

He is also a producer on "A Page Out of Order", a performance and media installation on isolation and the culture of conflict by choreographer Yoshiko Chuma. It will be created in Macedonia and Manipur and presented at the Skopje Summer Festival in 2006.

"Appalshop in China", his region-to-region transnational media artists exchange between Appalachia and Yunnan and Sichuan, is currently in its third year.

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Somi has curated for the Museum of Modern Art, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and for Public Television.

His exhibitions have been seen in most museums on the US and in China, India and Indonesia. Somi's Art Video:Video Art at the Continental Atrium from 1992-1995 was New York's first on-going exhibition of public program of video art. He ran the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar and in 2001, he organized Digital Flaherty, the first interactive conference in the US on the theory, aesthetics and content of digital art.

While at The Asia Society, Somi developed year-round film programming of Asian cinema. He presented the first American exhibitions on Vietnamese cinema, Fifth Generation Chinese Cinema, Hong Kong popular films, and Iranian cinema, and introduced video installations and Asian American programming to the instituion.

Somi has taught at New York University and Manhattan Marymount College; given talks at the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Institution; translated Manipuri literary works into English; and written for Artforum, Asian Culture (the Smithsonian), Wide Angle, Black Film Bulletin (London), The Drama Review and Persimmon.

His film, "World Trade Center" (2002) was screened at the Margaret Mead Film Festival.

He has been a guest on National Public Radio, WPIX-TV, CUNY-TV and Conversations with Harold Channer on Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Somi is the recipient of the New Americans Award.

He divides his time between New York City and Imphal