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Bijoy Thangaraj
Bijoy Thangaraj

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U.S. State Department chooses Bijoy Thangaraj’s video on multiculturalism

Bangalore: Bijoy Thangaraj, Bangalore-based software developer, has won the U.S. State Department’s global online video contest. His three-minute video titled “My Culture + Your Culture = World of Wonder” was selected by a panel of judges from more than 170 entries, according to a communiqué from Embassy of U.S., New Delhi.

“Bijoy’s video captures the spirit of the competition, filled with colourful images of India, the United States, and cultures around the world. The soundtrack he has composed is sensational with its uplifting tune and message of peace,” said U.S. Embassy spokesperson Elizabeth Fitzsimmons. A self-titled versatile virtuoso, this 23-year-old graduate from Vellore Institute of Technology is thrilled.

“I was informed by an official from the U.S. Embassy. Also, the news was published on the official website on Monday,” he said.

He and five of his friends worked on the video for nearly three weeks.

“We shot some bits ourselves. We have used many pictures too, some of which were taken from the public domain. I composed the music myself and worked on it for a couple weeks,” he said and added that due credit should be given to his team members, Aurovind R., Gitesh Joshi, Deepika Gulati, Ramesh Murugan and Subapriya N., who helped him with the award-winning video.

Mr. Thangaraj will be invited to the U.S. for a two-week programme to explore his professional and creative interests and be awarded a package of multi-media software provided by the Adobe Foundation.

The global internet video competition was created by the U.S. State Department to encourage cross-cultural community building and mutual understanding. The video “My Culture +Your Culture = World of Wonder” along with the other winning videos can be viewed online at http://exchanges. state.gov/ or http://newdelhi. usembassy.gov/.

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