| What do a small town in central India, the mechanical engineering department at the Indian Institute of Technology, Molecular dynamics, the MIT Hypermedia Lab, Synaptic Global Learning, and Indian classical and American fusion music have in common? Answer: Dr. Nishikant Sonwalkar. And what does this renaissance man have to do with Arlington Community Media? Answer: He is the producer of a new community television series that began airing on ACMi channels in January 2010. Featured Producer
Dr. Nish Sonwalkar
ACMi recently interviewed the remarkable Dr. Sonwalkar about how he came to be in our studio and edit lab from a career in science.
ACMI: Dr. Sonwalkar, what brings you here from engineering labs and academia to produce a show about multicultural music forms for Arlington community television?
Sonwalkar: Well, I am merely going back to my roots in the Indian classical music that my uncles were performing when I began to study it as a child. I learned to play the tabla (drum) and performed publically until leaving India for Boston and MIT. The art and practice of this music, and the fusion form that I have also come to embrace, help to balance my professional life.
ACMI: And how has your professional life evolved from physics to your consulting in brain-based and adaptive learning systems that you are currently focusing on?
Sonwalkar: Science, math, and music all inform each other synergistically and can be used in a cognitive model to create customized delivery of educational materials from all domains within one learning system. We are only beginning to discover the amazing capabilities of our brains. I intend to offer to the schools in Arlington and elsewhere the educational benefits uncovered by my research. The music that I play and videotape will always be part of the mix for me.
ACMi: Thank you, Dr. Sonwalkar for this interview and for your new series on ACMi, The Multicultural Music Magazine ("Triple-M").
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ACMi has been wanting for some time now to gather together its growing base of accredited volunteer producers to share with them a packet of policy and procedure information and to solicit production feedback and concerns in a supportive atmosphere at the ACMi station. We are now pleased to announce that on April 8th, the clan will gather at 85 Park Avenue from 7 to 9 PM for that purpose. We will be sending invitations in March to all ACMi certified producers with active membership status for 2009-10 (July '09 - June '10). This gathering will provide an important opportunity for improving and codifying the process by which member volunteers and ACMi staff develop and create community-produced programming for Arlington.
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| Dear ACMI Members and Friends --
Holy Hannah, it's been cold! But, lucky for us, we can just take a break every so often and watch the cozy winter programming on our community TV channels right here where they originate.
We are recovering from the flurry of activity that came with the year-end holiday season. It seems just last week 'Twas the night before Christmas. Now it's time to put away the lights and other decorations and to plan our spring activities and programming.
As predicted, this year is mostly about programming and much less about building, grounds, and equipment concerns. We are able now to technically produce broadcast-quality programs. Now we are enjoying a surge of Arlington-based organizations and residents who are taking advantage of our TV production facility, equipment, and training workshops to make new shows to watch and be informed and entertained by. If you are reading this and are not yet involved in this process, please email, call, or come in to find out how you can. In early April we will host an ACMi Community Producers Meeting to provide process and procedure information and a forum for discussion of how to enhance the ACMi volunteer producer experience.
For now, please read on and stay in touch.
Warm greetings in this time of cold from...
-- The Staff at
______________________________________ ACMi TV
What's Up and What's On
The Arlington community
to ACMI's call for new programming
Now Showing: The Multicultural Music
A Healer in Every Home, and The Family Food Show
classical music, alternative health practices, and home cooking are all subjects being explored in new shows on Arlington Community
Media's expanding menu of programs.
Multicultural Music Magazine ("Triple-M")
Nishikant Sonwalkar, a new member-producer at Arlington community television says "Music,
through its melodic and rhythmic components, forms a universal language that
cuts across all cultural boundaries". Arlington", he continues, "is an increasingly
multicultural community, and so the goal of "Triple-M"
is to showcase the talents and cultural identities existing in and around Arlington. Dr. Sonwalkar hopes during the course of his
cable-TV series to involve Arlington
schoolchildren, the Boys & Girls Club, and other area organizations in
producing and performing in his programs.
Dr. Nish, as he is affectionately called by his
friends, earned a doctoral degree form MIT, where he also served as the
Director of Hypermedia Teaching Facility and Principal Educational
Architect. He is founder and Managing
Director of Sonwalkar Consulting Group (SCG), an educational consulting company
and Director of Research at the United States Distance Learning Association
But before all that he earned
his Bachelors' degree in music in India, regularly performed on All
India Radio and Doordarshan (Indian TV) as an
accomplished Tabla (drum) player of
North Indian Classical style. He has also recorded Jazz-Fusion CDs in the U.S. Now he brings to ACMi his love of diverse musical forms as part of
his new series. Visit www.SonwalkarConsulting.com for more information.
A Healer in Every
ACMi member and volunteer
producer, Begabati Lennihan, RN of the Lydian
Center for Innovative Medicine in Cambridge, has launched a
new series on ACMI's Public channel that is designed to empower viewers to
treat themselves and their kids safely and effectively at home with natural
remedies. A Healer in Every Home also
shares information about cutting-edge work in natural healing being developed
at the Lydian Center.
Soon to become a regular series, this show's premier episode focuses on
natural ways to treat the flu and supplements we can use to stay healthy
throughout the winter. Visit http://www.lydiancenter.com/practitioners/begabatiLennihan.php
for more info.
The Family Food
Family Food Show - Where
Families and Food Come Together - is a new cooking series now airing on
ACMI's Public channel. Its producer, Cheryl Brusgulis, was a volunteer producer
Cable Access Television (ACA) long before she became a member of ACMI's staff. In the 1990s she assisted on several programs,
and was the producer of the popular series, Inside
Two years ago, Cheryl joined the ACMI staff and
began in 2009, during her spare time, to produce The Family Food Show. Each episode captures members of Arlington families
cooking for their relatives. Recent episodes have featured seafood and burger
cooking contests between brothers-in-law. Another one follows a Brusgulis friend
as she prepares a delectable fish entree for her son and husband. Coming soon, a sister demonstrates how to
prepare for her family a Mediterranean mezza (plates of savory food and dips). So join the fun and watch your neighbors as
they prepare their favorite dishes for their families.
for more information.
three producers mentioned above are actively seeking participation by other Arlingtonians
in their productions-both behind and in front of the camera. For more
information, or to volunteer to help or star in an ACMi show, please contact these
producers via their websites or contact Walter@acmi.tv
Old Favorites, New Episodes Just Cook It!, Dave Sammarco's long-running reality cooking series, has just produced 3 new episodes for airing this winter.
The Big Brother Big Sister Foundation
is continuing with its ongoing series as is the Arlington Middleschool Producers
(AMP) group, and the two ongoing Arlington High School
production groups--Focus Media
and AHS News.
Other continuing programs with new episodes include, The Public Square, Retired Men's Club, Golden Opportunities, Face the Book,
and The Steve Katsos Show.
* * * Tracy Miller and Wu So Fai
are busy working on episode 2 of Miller's new series, Natural Living
--this one is about yoga. The first episode was about organic farming in western Massachusetts, and the third episode will be about acupuncture. So stay tuned.
In the spring, Akido instructor Ted Goodman
introduces this flowing martial art to our viewing audience in his new series now in production. Brian Fiore
has just begun production on a pilot called Tango
, a short-subject video on Argentine Tango. It sets out to inspire and educate viewers on this wonderful and alluring dance. The central characters are experienced Boston-area Tango instructors -- high-energy individuals who have a love of Tango and a passion for teaching that is almost beyond belief. Tango
will be a mix of interview-style narrative and dance demonstration shot entirely in high-definition at the ACMI studio and on location. Mark Censky
has begun production on a new series called Stress Less
; Ben Rudnik & Friends
are creating a youth music special; and a new Arlington High School is currently proposing a special program about race issues among high school students.
Dick KoolishVolunteer Extraordinaire
Richard M. Koolish, a retired software engineer (at least
temporarily), popped in unannounced to ACMi studio last summer for three
reasons: "First, I was looking for
something to do; second, I thought learning about video would make it possible to
help other organizations I volunteer for, and third, ACMi is just down the hill from my home."
Dick, as nearly everyone calls him, has been learning and
helping ever since. To date he has taken
the ACMi Orientation and Field
Camera workshops and has volunteered as a camera operator for the following
ACMi-based productions: College Life, You Can Emerge, Golden
Opportunities, Rising Star Quilters,
Ted Goodman's Akido series (currently in production), Multicultural Music Magazine, Natural Living, Just Cook It, Brian Fiore's Tango (now in production), and lst November's Veterans Day Concert.
He has also learned by doing in
our edit lab, as assistant editor for the Rising
Star Quilters special, and editor of the recently aired Arlington tribute to Margaret Spengler. He was a photographic
consultant for the animated opening montage of You Can Emerge, and has produced slides for the ACMi Community
Bulletin Board (CBB). As if that weren't
enough, Dick brokered the donation to ACMi of two antique film cameras and a
projector for our reception-area
Dick Koolish exemplifies the
ideal traits and attitudes of an ACMi volunteer. He is available and can flex with our
changeable schedules; he is generous with his time; and he never gets ruffled
when things don't happen exactly as planned.
We thank Dick for helping make what we do at ACMi a pleasure, and we invite any other Arlington citizens who
are reading his story to call or visit us to learn how to join the Arlington
Community Media team of volunteers. To top of page
Workshops at ACMI
ACMi TV continues to offer an Orientation session and workshops in single-camera and multi-camera field production, digital video editing, and studio production and directing. See the current listings and schedules of these offerings.
Most workshops are 2 hours long and begin at 6:00 or 6:30 on weekday evenings, unless otherwise stipulated. (The Final Cut Editing Workshop and the Studio Production and Directing Workshop are now offered as 3 classes on 3 consecutive days, except for a 5-hour, all-in-one combo on occasional Saturdays.) * * *
All our workshops are free to ACMi members.
RSVP to: Walter@ACMI.tv or call 781-777-1115Non-member per-session fee: $35.00
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