In this newsletter, read about:

  1. Interact LIVE with Kal Pen on March 19th
  2. Treasure Chest Tickets for $5 to $25
  3. Read our Annual Report 2021
  4. TOM Engages Audiences Across Timezones
  5. Save the Date for First Tasveer Author Meet
  6. Women's History Month: TasveerTV Pick of the Week
  7. Hindus For Human Rights Essay Competition for Youth
  8. Poetry by Azura Tyabji

Kal Penn says: "Hey everyone. It's Kal Penn, please join me on March 19th at the 5th virtual Tasveer Gala to celebrate 20 years of their service to the South Asian community, through films, art, and storytelling. It's especially nice to partner with an organization like this, that supports multi-dimensional representation of South Asian artists within the South Asian diaspora."

So I will see you there."

Interact Live with Kal Penn, March 19th, 6PM

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Yes, you heard it right, Kal Penn will be joining us LIVE! It will not be a recorded video as many are asking us, and a few lucky ones can even get a chance to ask Kal Penn a question!

He will discuss his book, a national bestseller, 'You Can't Be Serious' at the event this Saturday. In his book, Kal narrates moving accounts of racism in Hollywood and the entertainment industry. Tasveer works to tackle the issue of racism against South Asian Artists, through its storytelling platforms.

The 20th Celebration Gala promises to be a fun-filled, star-studded, interactive live event! Mira Nair (on video) will introduce Kal Penn. Stand-up comic Sonal Aggarwal will entertain us as the emcee throughout the event. Buy your Gala tickets before March 19. A premium ticket includes a signed copy of 'You Can't Be Serious.'

Buy Tickets

5th Annual Tasveer Gala

March 19, 6 PM PST

Can't attend the gala? Support Tasveer by donating here.


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Treasure Chest Tickets for $5 to $25

Grab Treasure Chest tickets now for $5-25 for a chance to win these amazing prizes!

Winners will be announced at the Gala on March 19th at 6 PM PST.

Special thanks to our Treasure Chest individual donors- Ranjini Rajan, Archana Verma, Uzma Khan, Julie & Tehmosp Khan, and Vishakha Sohal.

Buy Treasure Chest Tickets

Tasveer Annual Report 2021

Tasveer is delighted to present our Annual Report for 2021! We hope our supporters and community members enjoy reading and reflecting on Tasveer's work in 2021. We thank you for your unending support that made our work possible amidst the peaks of pandemic.

We'd like to take a moment to reflect on all the effort and innovation by the Tasveer team and community over the past year. Despite the challenges the pandemic posed, we are honored to have created and held inclusive virtual spaces that kept our community engaged and inspired through difficult times.

We are excited for upcoming programs in 2022 that will continue to strengthen and amplify South Asian voices.

Read Report

Save the Date: First Tasveer Author Meet

3rd Tasveer Open Mic (TOM)

March 24, 6 PM PST

Tasveer Open Mic, fondly called TOM, provides an inclusive space for South Asian community of artists from across North America and beyond. It will now start an hour earlier 6 PM PST to accommodate our participants from different time zones. Please do join us and share your talent and support other artists.

TOM takes place virtually every 4th Saturday of the month 6 PM PST. Next one is on

March 24th, 6 PM, FREE to attend and participate.

Register for Open Mic

TasveerTV Pick of the week:

Celebrating Women's History Month


Priya Sen, India, 70min, 2019, Documentary, LGBTQI+

TasveerTV pick of the week is "Yeh Freedom Life" directed by filmmaker Priya Sen.

Watch Priya's interview taken during TSAFF 2021 where she talks about meeting and connecting with the protagonists and the insights she gained into their lives, perspectives, and relationships.

Filmed in Delhi, 'Yeh Freedom Life / This Freedom Life' tries to keep up with its protagonists, as they maneuver erratic and unpredictable love. One of them works at a local beauty parlour, the other runs the family’s small cigarette counter at a crowded intersection. They are surrounded by a cacophonous city; they are both in love with other women. The film accompanies them through their desire to live according to them, their ‘freedom lives’, outside society and family’s constant scrutiny and sanction. But this ‘freedom life’ also leaves them vulnerable to the precariousness of love, when it refuses such constraints.

Subscribe to TasveerTV to watch Yeh Freedom Life.

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Tasveer Co-Presents Essay Competition for Youth

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Tasveer is excited to co-present the second annual Essay and Art Contest on Civil and Human Rights. The theme for this year’s contest is: Intersections Between Caste Discrimination and Anti-Black Racism.

South Asian American students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate and reflect on the intersections between caste discrimination and anti-Black racism.

Deadline: 12 pm EST on Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

Prize: $1,000 for winners, $500 and $250 for runner-ups


Poetry by Azura Tyabji

Listen to Azura talk about what Tasveer means to young artists like her, before and during the pandemic. Azura also recites her beautiful poem 'Diaspora'.

"Tasveer has been brave enough to reimagine and create, to be a beacon of community when community has been forced to be distant. What art does is give us the power to reimagine our potentials when oppressive structures of this world are dependent on us not."

Azura Tyabji at Tasveer Gala 2021

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