India Splendor, a unique festival running August 10-15, will bring exciting developments in Indian independent cinema, arts and technology to the Hollywood Beat. The festival's theme is "Heritage, Holistic and Hi Tech" and will launch an exclusive portal for distributing modern Indian cinema, and provide meaningful dialogue with spiritual and business leaders.

To launch this ambitious project, we attended a reception at the Beverly Hills home of Dr.B. K. Modi chairman, MCORP, Global, and met such prestigious guests as Jeff Berg, President, ICM, Pravaht Sing, Indian Consul, San Francisco, Dean Rosen, UCLA School of Film and TV, and the serenely beautiful Mariel Hemingway.

Among the celebs joining in the opening night ovation were Connie Stevens, Valerie Harper and Bologna's wife, Renee Taylor, who we remember for her portrayal of Golda Meir a few years ago. You can catch Lansky at the Odyssey for several more weeks, so call 310-477-2055, Ext. 2.

The Los Angeles opera presented a mixed bag of opera classics including selections from Tosca, Show Boat and Porgy and Bess. Daniel Faltus was the very humorous host and pianist, and the talented cast included Tammy Jenkins, Diana Tash, Cedric Berry and Daniel Montenegro, who stole the show. Dan Guerrero, who directed Montenegro last fall in "Concierto Para Mendez" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, says, "He's the one to watch."