Tasveer Newsletter

 April 20, 2022

In this newsletter, read about:

  • Community Speaks: Frames of Mind
  • Tasveer's Give BIG campaign is live
  • Tasveer News and Events

Community Speaks: Frames of Mind

Tasveer returns to in-person events in 2022 with Community Speaks: Frames of Mind, a powerful South Asian storytelling event being held at Benaroya Hall on May 7th, that will shed light on the special challenges and opportunities experienced within the South Asian socio-cultural context, whether in native lands or in adopted homelands.  

Community Speaks uses the power of live storytelling to create empathy around important issues, shift perspectives and challenge social norms. These vivid, bold, heartwarming and poignant monologues are captivating in their intensity, and their raw messages questioning societal norms, judgments and prejudices. This impactful storytelling program will honor both Mental Health Awareness Month and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with personal stories performed by South Asian community members.

When: Saturday, May 7th 2022

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm PST

Where: Benaroya Hall, Seattle

Cost:$15 (General)/ $10 (Members/Students)

7 PM: Seattle Raga Institute will present two new compositions in raga Bhatiyar, portraying the nuanced nature of mental health through melodies and cyclical structures that represent the cycle we often find ourselves trapped in, in our own lives. These compositions are written specifically for this program by Brandon McIntosh, performed by Brandon McIntosh (Sarod), Anoushka Ayyadevara (Piano), Akanksha Ayyadevara (Piano), Rishabh McIntosh(Sarod), Vrinda Satyavolu (Guitar), and Ravi Albright (Tabla).

7:15 PM: Community Speaks: Frames of Mind

No one will be turned away due to a lack of funds. Please write to info@tasveer.org for a sliding scale ticket.

This program is sponsored by Parul and Gary Houlahan.

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Community Speaks 2022 Performers

(In alphabetical order of last name)


Harsh Agarwal

Harsh is an Indian writer, filmmaker, and researcher. Born in the Jhumka famous Bareilly, Harsh loves, food, traveling, and reading. Harsh is an advocate for LGBTQ rights and was the first runner-up for Mr. Gay India in 2020. He decided to participate in Tasveer’s Community Speaks to find a place to belong and connect after he moved to the United States and to be a part of a collective that was working together to tell their stories.

Finding My Spirit- A Story of Transformation

Bhavna Chawla

Bhavana is an Intuitive Healer who helps empower people to live their best lives, discover their true self and develop spiritually. She lives on Kauai island with her 2 cats Angelina & Raja, wild chickens, lizards & songbirds. She enjoys cooking & dancing. She’s thrilled to reconnect with her love of writing & share her story: Finding my Spirit is a story of transformation with the support of Tasveer. She hopes it’ll inspire people to find their greatest joy. She’s also working on 2 books, an autobiography & a cookbook.

My Darkest Hour

Sheila Houlahan

Sheila is a South Asian actress, writer, producer, and mental health advocate. Her debut feature film as Executive Producer “Night, Mother” has been selected as an Official Nominee by the 2022 Webby Awards, and focuses on a mother and daughter dealing with the daughter’s imminent plan to commit suicide. As an actress, she appeared in a supporting role opposite Denzel Washington in Warner Bros’ “The Little Things” and in a cameo role in Michael Bay’s new feature “Ambulance.”

Sheila is passionate about de-stigmatizing suicide and mental health and hopes that sharing her personal story will help others feel more comfortable sharing their own stories/and getting help if needed. 

Broken Open

Nosh Khurram

Nosh is a multimedia artist who loves being behind the lens to capture moments and tell stories on screen through the videos she captures using mostly her iPhone. She migrated from Pakistan at the age of 11. As a Mom and a wife, she is passionate about spreading mental health awareness and a holistic lifestyle in the South Asian Community. Nosh shares her struggles and journey of trying to overcome depression and anxiety as a South Asian Muslim woman. It took her over a decade to find the courage to talk openly about her struggles with Mental Health and her hopes are that her story will inspire anyone struggling to reach out and get help sooner than later.


Aarti Kumar Pani

Aarti Kumar Pani was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After living in cities around the country, she now resides in the Houston metro area with her two elementary-aged children and her adopted Schnoodle. Prior to becoming a mother, she worked in elementary education and non-profits.

Promises are Made to be Broken

Jamal Siddiqui

Jamal is a comedian in the northwest but grew up in Texas. His story is about his relationship with his father who recently passed away. He decided to participate in this year’s event as a way to get closure and understand the relationship he had with his father.

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No one will be turned away due to a lack of funds. Please write to info@tasveer.org for a sliding scale ticket.

Thank you to Jaipur Avenue Chai for partnering with us and serving delecious chai at the event.

We thank our Community Partners Seattle Raga Institute, Bichitra Collective, South Asian American Film Festival, Northwest Film Forum, South Asia Center UW, Asian Languages and Literature UW .

Give BIG Campaign is Live!

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Give BIG Washington is now live! Tasveer needs art lovers and social justice advocates like YOU to fund programs that inspire individual and societal change, as we defiantly grow our grassroots programming in spite of the challenges posed to arts organizations by the pandemic.

Give now to Tasveer, and mobilize friends, family and the community to give to Tasveer to support re-launch of in-person events this month starting with one of Tasveer's most loved events Community Speaks: Frames of Mind at Benaroya Hall.

Early giving for GiveBIG began April 19th, and will culminate in a 48-hour giving marathon on May 3rd and 4th. Please give generously, and consider making a monthly gift of $20 in honor of our 20th Anniversary.

Your contribution will sustain our lean team as we work hard to re-open with in-person social justice arts and community workshops and events in 2022, starting with Community Speaks on May 7, 2022.

Support Tasveer in meeting our $5000 goal today!


Tasveer News and Events

FLEE Screening and Q&A Session

April 22 at 7 PM: For a limited one time screening only, we will showcase the Oscar-nominated film "FLEE" and pre-recorded Q&A on TasveerTV. Register for 99 cents only to watch the event on TasveerTV and get access to a full month membership.


Tasveer Youth Collective (TYC) offers a FREE virtual creative writing workshop, with an interactive lesson plan to coach South Asian youth (age 10 - 18 years old) on how to express their feelings and experiences during the pandemic. The end product of this writing workshop will be a story, poetry, prose, or an essay, max of 600 words, that will be published in an anthology.

When: April 29th, 2022 4pm- 6pm PST

Where: Virtual on Zoom

Cost: Free

Deadline to Register: April 28th, 2022

To join Tasveer Youth Board click here


TSAFF 2021 Film Submissions

Tasveer is organizing its much awaited 17th annual Tasveer South Asian Film Festival #TSAFF2022 from November 4th to 13th, 2022 and film submissions are now open! Early bird deadline for submissions is June 1st, 2022.


Tasveer Book Club

Tasveer launches Tasveer Book Club for Members. Diversify your reading list with new South Asian writing and expand your perspectives. As you collectively reflect on the world, here and beyond, make new friends and strengthen existing bonds.

First Book Discussion

Book: ‘You Can’t Be Serious’ by Kal Penn

Date: June 2022 (Date to be decided, register for updates)

Time: 6:00pm- 7:00pm PST

Registration deadline: Wednesday, April 25, 2022

Join TBC

Give to API Chaya

Join Tasveer's table for API Chaya's Annual Virtual Gala on April 23, 2022 and help them reach their goal!

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Attention TOM lovers:

The next Tasveer Open Mic will be held on May 26!

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