Tasveer eagerly invites you celebrate with Kal Penn at the 5th Annual Gala on March 19! Please spread the word and join us with your friends and family to learn about and support Tasveer's work, at the Gala. We promise you an exciting, fast paced and glamorous evening. The gala is an opportunity to connect virtually with audiences across the country who believe in Tasveer's mission of achieving social justice through the arts.

In this newsletter, read about:

  1. Celebrate with Kal Penn at Tasveer’s Annual Gala
  2. Community Stories: Last week to apply!
  3. Check out exciting events from our community
  4. Don't Miss the the Next Open Mic Night
  5. TasveerTV Picks of the Week
  6. Sharing Tasveer Memories

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Get your Early Bird Tickets for the 5th Tasveer Annual Gala featuring Kal Penn!

Kal Penn, the keynote speaker, will be introduced at the gala by Academy-Award nominated Mira Nair, who inspired him to become an artist! The gala emcee is stand-up comedian and actor Sonal Aggarwal.

We invite you with your friends and family to show your support for Tasveer's work. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, where arts based organizations in the Northwest reported $95.9 million loss in overall revenue (ArtsFund, 2022), Tasveer evolved to offer virtual programs with a nationwide reach!

In 2021, Tasveer:

  • launched TasveerTV, a streaming service for independent South Asian Films
  • tripled Tasveer Film Fund for independent artists
  • partnered with Alaska Airlines to showcase South Asian films 
  • launched virtual programming that showcased 130+ artists and served thousands of global viewers

The gala will offer opportunities to win exciting prizes. Treasure Chest will be randomly drawn for a winner of 2 tickets to the Seattle Sounders (local soccer team) or a package of beautiful jewelry & accessories. The Last Virtual Hero winner will win 2 tickets by Alaska Airlines!

Early Bird Ticket Prices:

Early Bird Premium Virtual Table of 10: $850 (reg. price $1000)

Early Bird Premium Virtual Ticket: $100 (reg. price $115)

Early Bird Virtual Ticket: $25 (reg. price $50)

Or apply to get free tickets!

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WHEN: March 19th, 2022, 6 pm

WHERE: Online

WHO: Everyone who wishes to support Tasveer

Please remember to get your tickets at early bird prices before March 1st! Premium ticket holders will receive a free copy of Kal Penn's book!

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Tasveer Community Stories : Frames of Mind Applications close Feb 21st!

We invite you to speak your story to nurture your heart and empower your mind!

Community Stories 2022 will be a combination of our legacy programs: Yoni Ki Baat and Community Speaks. In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re expanding our initiative to include all members of our community to speak up and share their stories about mental health and the importance of it's awareness in society.

You do not have to be a writer or performer to participate. We strive to provide a safe space during the preparatory phase, which is characterized by active listening, compassion, non-judgmental attitude, mutual respect, trust, and collaboration. You will be coached and supported in storytelling, writing, and performance through workshops and rehearsals. The workshops, rehearsals, and the programs will all be virtual.

Apply by Feb 21st, 5:00 PM PST.

Date of event: May 6th - 8th


News From the Community

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Tasveer co-presents screening of Americanish at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival

Welcome to America: Where dreams come true...ish. A break from the traditional romantic comedy, AMERICANISH highlights different layers of womanhood as they intersect with cultural and societal expectations.

Enter the home and lives of three marriage-aged women as they navigate the often turbulent waters of romance, culture, career, and family. We follow the joys and tribulations of career-driven sisters Maryam and Sam Khan, and their fish-out-of-water cousin Ameera.

AMERICANISH delves into the complexity of trying to both honor and break from cultural traditions while balancing personal values and career goals in a society that does not always accommodate both.

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Kalakars-SAIE/SAWIE Actors’ Practice Sessions

Kalakars, in collaboration with South Asians in Entertainment and South Asian Women in Entertainment, conducts fortnightly practice sessions for actors who want to practice their monologues and scenes with other actors.

The sessions are facilitated by Kalakars-SAIE/SAWIE moderators who are professional, established actors. Every few weeks, guest speakers from the industry also share their knowledge, struggle and tips to become better actors and land gigs.

Sign Up

Don't Miss the Second Open Mic Night!

Second Open Mic Night on February 24th

The second Open Mic Night will be even more exciting and entertaining! Sign up to perform a piece or attend to support all the talented performers. Join us in creating a safe, inclusive and uplifting space for South Asian artists!

Open Mic Night takes place virtually every 4th Saturday of the month. It is free for all to attend!

The first Open Mic Night, featured talented desi girl comics! Watch Zubi Ahmed, another stand-up comic, perform a comedy set at the Desi Girl Project:

Zubi Ahmed Stand Up Comedy
Register for Open Mic

TasveerTV Picks of the Week

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Eleven months of office work earns Dada his annual month of bliss in Darjeeling where he dedicates himself to designing the perfect crossword. After 22 years of this routine, Dada meets his match in a young man, a local tattoo designer who sees Dada working and interrupts him. But friend or foe, who is this boy? The Universe is knocking and Dada has to decide if he will let him in or not.

Watch the interview of filmmaker Sudhanshu Saria here

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As a teen, Dhruvi is appalled to learn the Indian food she eats every day makes her armpits smell funny. Her struggle with pungent food and bold spices resurfaces years later, when she's drawn to a fellow South Asian student in university.

Watch the interview of Shetu Modi here

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Share your Tasveer memories with us!

We invite you to share old pictures of Tasveer events from 2004 to 2010- workshops, volunteering and other work with us! The pictures will be featured as a part of the 5th Annual Gala.

If your picture is selected, you will be entered in a draw to win one all access pass to TSAFF 2022!

Send pictures to rita@tasveer.org

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