Sowbhagyalakshmi Areke is a filmmaker/professor who has a broad production and teaching experience in television and filmmaking from inception to completion for the past 20 years. Areke is a recipient of the NATPE Faculty Development Fellowship, UFVA/Kodak Scholarship, Eddie Murphy/Paramount Pictures Creative Writing Award, and honorable mention at Paul Robeson Award.

She has served on the Maryland State Arts Council grants panel, and the Emmy Awards jury panel. One of her short films, “Sruti Bedham,” that she wrote and directed was shown at the Kennedy Center, and her feature documentary, “Spouse Abuse: A Global Perspective” is in the libraries of over 200 universities and non-profit organizations.

She earned an MFA in Film from Howard University, and a master’s and two bachelors from India. Areke has served as Copy Editor/Reporter for “Indian Express,” a national English daily newspaper in India for seven years; with an International Journalism Scholarship, she took journalism courses at UNC-CH. She authored a language book published by Dunwoody Press.