Harish Saluja ~ Co-host
Music From India
Harish Saluja is co-host of Music From India, the longest running Indian music radio program
in the country.
Harish is a filmmaker, painter, film festival director, engineer, publisher, writer, radio host and
music aficionado. Originally from Punjab, India, he received a degree in engineering from IIT,
Kharagpur but always had a strong love of the visual arts, music and filmmaking.
Harish came to the United States in 1971 and settled in Pittsburgh as an assistant editor in
a publishing company. In 1972 he was asked to host 'Music From India", a new radio program
on DUQ developed by the India Association of Pittsburgh. He became the regular host and
expanded the program to its current two-hour format dedicated to the music of the Indian
subcontinent, ranging from popular Hindi film scores to Indian classical music.
His abstract paintings have been exhibited in the United States and Europe. They are inspired
by music and the colors, emotions and textures of the Indian ragas--a Sanskrit word meaning
both color and tone.
Over the years, Harish also pursued his love of filmmaking. He was associate producer of
Tony Buba's No Pets, was executive producer of the feature film "Dog Eat Dog". He has
acted in various commercials and in the Walt Disney film "Money for Nothing". His film
company, New Ray Films, was established in 1995.
In 1995 he began work as both producer and director on "The Journey", his feature film.
The film was shot in the Pittsburgh area over a three week period and was released in
1997, "The Journey" is a cross-cultural comedy/drama. It was screened in over 20 film
festivals around the world. It won Best Film awards in Florida and Cleveland film festivals.
The film stars Roshan Seth and Saeed Jaffrey, two of India's most distinguished actors
working outside India. After ten years, "The Journey" reunited them in film since their
work together in "My Beautiful Launderette" and "Gandhi". The DUQ studios had the
honor of serving as a location in the film with the Saeed Jaffrey character playing a
radio host at DUQ. The film was shown around the world and then on TV (Independent
Film Channel). Harish is presently developing two more films.
In 2006 Harish launched Silk Screen an arts and cultural exchange program in Pittsburgh.
Its main event is a very successful international Film Festival. Silk Screen endeavors
to bring various art forms (including dance, music, and visual arts) from Asia to Pittsburgh
on a year-long basis.