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Actor Maulik Pancholy Kicks Off Art/Lecture Series

Written by Tim Talley

Maulik.jpgWillimantic, Conn. - Rising star Maulik Pancholy will open Eastern Connecticut State University's 10th Annual Arts and Lecture Series at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15 in the Betty R. Tipton Room in Eastern's Student Center.

            Pancholy is among a handful of Indian-American actors changing the character and face of Hollywood. He stars in two of TV's most critically-acclaimed shows -- the showtime hit "Weeds" and the Emmy Award-winning "30 Rock."

            Pancholy is a classically trained actor with a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama. According to movie critics, he has carved out a career that spans the stage, the small and big screen-- from movies like "Hitch" to plays like "Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom."  

            Pancholy has received a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award for "30 Rock," along with two additional nominations -- one each -- for "30 Rock" and "Weeds." He played the lead role in "India Awakening" at the Samuel Beckett Theater, for which The New York Times praised his " and funny" performance. He also voices the character Baljeet on the top-rated Disney show "Phineas and Ferb." His other credits include guest spots on "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" and "The Sopranos."

            In addition to free admission to Eastern faculty, staff, and students, admission to the Arts and Lecture Series events is free to all middle school, high school and college students, who are encouraged to attend. Admission for the general public is $10 per ticket; tickets can be reserved by calling (860) 465-0036 or sending an email to For information on the 2010-11 Arts and Lecture Series, visit


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