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Yale Museum surrenders 13 stolen South Asian artifacts worth over $1 million

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  • Yale University Art Gallery, the oldest art gallery in America, relinquished 13 South Asian artifacts worth over $1 million to Homeland Security and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as part of an investigation into infamous antiquities thief Subhash Kapoor.
  • Twelve of the artifacts are from India, with two reportedly having been stolen from a temple, and one is from Burma.
  • Nine were donated by the Rubin-Ladd Foundation, which may have donated to other museums linked to Kapoor in Ohio, Massachusetts and Honolulu.
  • Some of the items purportedly stolen include a statue of Kubera, a god of wealth, valued at $550,000, and a marble arch valued at $85,000.
  • Kapoor was a world-renowned art dealer but is now in prison in India for art theft crimes spanning 30 years and $145 million in stolen works from around the world. Some items in the investigation are reportedly still missing, while some are being returned to their respective provenances.

Yale University Art Gallery surrendered 13 South Asian artifacts thought to be worth more than $1 million to Homeland Security and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, as the pieces may be tied to an accused antiquities smuggler, Subhash Kapoor

While Homeland Security could not disclose the full parameters of their investigation, a statement released by them indicated that the pieces are “connected to either Subhash Kapoor or his overseas suppliers.” 

Sujata Day, Ritesh Rajan of ‘Definition Please’ on normalizing South Asian stories and erasing mental illness shame

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  • “Definition Please” stars Sujata Day and Ritesh Rajan spoke with NextShark about normalizing South Asian American stories and erasing the shame behind mental illness.
  • Director, writer and actor Day wants viewers of her film to see that the tribulations of a South Asian American family could be relatable to anyone outside of the Asian diaspora.
  • “As an actor, I’ve been on so many stereotypical auditions and audiences get used to seeing these same depictions over and over,” Day said. “I’d love for audiences to feel a sense of hope and also see themselves or people they know in some of our characters and journeys.”
  • Rajan emphasized the importance of South Asian representation and his responsibility as an Indian actor to spread Indian culture and honor the sacrifices of his parents.

“Definition Please” stars Sujata Day and Ritesh Rajan spoke with NextShark about normalizing South Asian American stories and erasing the shame behind mental illness in celebration of the film’s re-release on Netflix.

“Definition Please” first premiered at the 2020 Bentonville Film Festival, where it received rave reviews from audiences. It has since won multiple awards, including the Outstanding Directorial Debut Award at South Asian Film Festival of America and the Special Jury Award for Fresh Narrative Voice at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.