Monday, December 24, 2007

Kapali Giridhar Swamy

"One of life's quiet excitements is to stand somewhat apart from yourself and watch yourself softly becoming the author of something beautiful, even if it's only a floating ash." -- Norman Maclean

Kapali's ashes were scattered off the California coast near Catalina Island on Sunday, 12/23. The sun shone for him, and the wind and the waves were calm. As Kapali's remains floated down to the ocean, a seal surfaced ten yards away and barked, splashing and playing like a child with a new best friend.

The day was minted for you, Kapali.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

In Loving Memory of Kapali Swamy

My brother-in-law, Kapali Giridhar Swamy, was killed on the morning of November 18, 2007. He was loved by more people than I've ever even met. The circumstances of his death are tragic, and the local media has since been horrific in its abuse of a good man's memory.

I wish I could say more, but words do not always come. For now, here is a link to his MySpace page:

Kapali Swamy

I love you, brother.

Update for friends and family who have arrived here via Google:

Kapali G. Swamy Scholarship Fund

We are initiating a scholarship fund at Birmingham-Southern College in Kapali's name. The fund will be used to provide a stipend for one winner each year to pursue a complete, independent filmmaking project, which will hopefully serve as a springboard for a career in film. It was something Kapali spoke often of pursuing himself, so in honor of his memory we would like to grant a financial opportunity to creative students at Kapali's alma mater.

Donations can be sent to:

Birmingham-Southern College
Office of institutional Advancement
c/o Keith Thompson, Associate Vice President
Box 549003
900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, AL 35254