Ranger Puja is an art happening/short film by artist Joel Palombo. Ranger refers to the American icon, the Lone Ranger. Puja means prayer in Hindi. The film encompasses globalization in a surreal way. It mixes the Lone Ranger with Hindu rituals along the holy Yamuna River in India. The short film challenges the viewer to question the meaning of this unusual happening. Viewers familiar with Hindu rituals may see a parallel to the culminating event in the Ganesha Chaturthi festival where the Hindu deity, Ganesh, is immersed into the sea. Or could the audience simply be watching a funeral procession where the Lone Ranger is being put to rest. The use of the Lone Ranger evokes nostalgia for American culture while referring to Bush politics.




2006 Video Formes, International Video Art, Prix de la Creation, Clarmont-Ferrand, France
2006 The Arts Center, Saratoga Council of the Arts, New York
2006 Tiburon International Film Festival, California
2005 Ístersunds Konstvideofestival, Ostersunds, Sweden
2005 Planet In Focus: International Film & Video Festival, Toronto, Canada
2005 Dallas Museum, Asian Short Film Festival, Dallas, USA
2003 Digital Talkies Film Festival, New Delhi, India






Shoba's Dowry depicts the life of Shoba, a young woman who lives in a slum community in New Delhi, India. The film addresses the role of women within the community and specifically Shoba's relationship with the men of the community. Her desire to break with traditional roles brings the work to its culminating point. The film gives viewers a unique look at gender roles within a community that is beginning to break with tradition.

2006 Video Formes, International Video Art, Prix de la Creation, Clarmont-Ferrand, France
2005 Ístersunds Konstvideofestival, Ostersunds, Sweden
2005 Planet In Focus: International Film & Video Festival, Toronto, Canada
2005 Expo 2005, Aichi, Japan
2005 Dallas Museum, Asian Short Film Festival, Dallas, USA






Chicken Carry is a short film that is about food, desire, and sharing. It features Dinesh, a young street acrobat, who has his eyes on a Tandoori chicken which is being eaten by an eccentric woman played by Kirrin Gill. The five-minute film takes place in a simple road-side restaurant in New Delhi.