Aseem Chhabra

Aseem Chhabra

Aseem Chhabra is a freelance writer in New York City who writes on a variety of topics, including arts, entertainment, social and political issues stories. Aseem has been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Courier-Journal, Time Out, New York. He writes a weekly column for Mumbai Mirror a Mumbai based daily newspaper and also contributes regularly to two Indian-American outlets — India Abroad and, the leading news portal that originates from Mumbai. His by-lines have also appeared in India in Outlook, and the Indian editions of People and Cosmopolitan magazines.

Aseem has been interviewed on film and popular culture by several media outlets, including ABC’s Good Morning America and Nightline, National Public Radio, CNN, Associated Press, Reuters, The Los Angeles Times and New York Daily News.

Aseem has been also involved in programming South Asian films for a number of film festivals in the US  including the MIAAC Film Festival in New York City.

Aseem was the voice the Shadow Puppet #1 in the award winning animation film Sita Sings the Blues, directed by Nina Paley

Aseem is an elected member of the board of the South Asian Journalists Association and the New York Chapter coordinator of SAJA, where he often chairs panel discussions on social and political issues, hosts book reading events and other arts discussions.

Aseem has also worked in the publishing industry in the US, managing the businesses and finances of magazines at several leading companies including Reader’s Digest, American Express, American Media Inc., and Rodale Press.

He holds an MS degree in Journalism from Columbia University and an MBA from Boston University.

Aseem Chhabra

Festival Director – New York Indian Film Festival,
Indo – American Arts Council, Inc.