Mr. Dylan L. Lowry   
Fulbright-Nehru Project Title: “Hindu Image Makers in Kolkata: Cultural Preservation and Religious Expression in Public Space”
Field of Study: Filmmaking
Home Institution in the U.S.: At-Large, MN
Host Institution in India: Centre for the Study of Social Sciences, Kolkata  
Start Date/Month in India: August 2014
Duration of Grant: Nine months

Brief Bio:
Mr. Dylan Lowry is a graduate of the film program at the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College with a concentration on cinema production. Mr. Lowry is a passionate art filmmaker with film/video work experience in the United Kingdom, India, and South Korea. In spring 2012, he received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for the study of national identity and the arts in New Delhi. His film work has been shown at multiple film festivals in New York. Most recently Mr. Lowry worked as the studio and equipment manager for the film studies program at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His research interests include the intersections of critical geography, ethnic studies, political economy, feminist theory, international studies, and militarism

Mr. Lowry is collaborating with artists, academics, business people, politicians, and celebrants in the creation of a feature-length documentary film about image makers and Durga Puja, an annual Hindu festival. The film will offer intimate portraits of image makers in Kumartuli and consider how the physicality of their work, and the participatory nature of Durga Puja, engenders communal cohesion. Mr. Lowry hopes to create a thought-provoking film that will invite viewers to reflect on the role of images and observance in community bonding.