We are excited to announce to our community that Tasveer turns 20 in 2022! Tasveer has worked tirelessly for two decades to champion social change in the South Asian community through the arts! Fittingly, our theme for this year is Art to Empowerment: Twenty Years of Service and Counting!


We couldn’t have done this important work without our precious community and volunteers who stood by us for 20 years! Thank you.

In this newsletter, read about:

  1. Kal Penn at Tasveer’s 5th Annual Gala
  2. TasveerTV Launches Feb 4th
  3. Community Stories: Frames of Mind Applications Open
  4. Tasveer Co-presents Film Screening: Lunana
  5. If You Missed the first Tasveer Open Mic Night
  6. Sharing Tasveer Memories
  7. Inviting Applications for Board Members
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Tasveer 5th Annual Gala featuring Kal Penn!

Join hands with Tasveer as we celebrate our 20th year as a platform for South Asian artists and advocates to showcase their work and perspectives. Tasveer Gala will feature Keynote Speaker Kal Penn, introduced by Mira Nair!

Kal Penn's first book 'You Can't Be Serious' released on November 2, 2021, is dedicated to his 20-year-old self. The actor/writer, found the pandemic was the perfect time to put his story together and share his experiences about facing racism in Hollywood, the entertainment industry, his coming out story and working in the Obama administration. He will talk about his book in the keynote speech!

Kal has starred in various critically acclaimed blockbuster titles such as the Harold and Kumar franchise, National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, Superman Returns, The Namesake. Kal will be introduced by the one and only Mira Nair!

The gala will feature stand-up comedy by Sonal Aggarwal. Sonal is an actor, comedian, producer and movement artist based in Chicago. Her one woman show The Alchemy of Bliss played for a sold out weekend at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater and you can see her on Netflix’s Easy.

The Gala features many exciting opportunities to support Tasveer! A Raffle for Alaska Air tickets, live auction, peer to peer donation campaign, last virtual hero and more!

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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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TasveerTV Launches on February 4th!

While the pandemic continues to rob us of in-person entertainment, Tasveer brings to your TV screen high quality, thought provoking South Asian cinema!

TasveerTV is the first of its kind virtual cinema platform dedicated to independent South Asian content and creators. Through TasveerTV, you can subscribe to stream some of the most thought-provoking South Asian cinema including a range of fiction features, documentaries, and short films, and watch them from the comfort of your own home!

TasveerTV begins streaming on February 4th with over forty-five award winning South Asian films! Each of these films have been a part of Tasveer Film festivals in the past. More films will be added each month along with Q&A sessions with the teams.

Subscribe to TasveerTV now and support independent South Asian artists!



Tasveer Community Stories : Frames of Mind Applications open!

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


Film screening of Bhutan's first film to be shortlisted for the Oscars

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

Tasveer is excited to co-present LUNANA'S film screening at the Northwest Film Forum, from Feb 11 until Feb 18!

A disillusioned schoolteacher is transferred to the most remote school in the world, cut off from modern life deep in the Himalayan glaciers. In a classroom with no electricity or even a blackboard, he finds himself with only a yak and a song that echoes through the mountains. -- Samuel Goldwyn Films

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Tasveer's First Open Mic Night

Creating a Community of Artists

The first Tasveer Open Mic Night was a big success as 7 talented participants shared heart-warming poetry, prose, and extremely entertaining comedy sets! Over 30 people attended, making it a full house. The community was moved by the support and upliftment the artists received from everyone.

Watch Open Mic Night here:

Help us grow the community and create a rich space for performers. Spread the word and sign up for Open Mic, 7 PM PST, every 4th Thursday of the month! 

First Tasveer Open Mic Night Recording
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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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Join the Tasveer Board

Calling out all individuals who would love to help strengthen Tasveer's mission for our South Asian community, now is your chance to join our journey.

We are seeking applications from qualified and highly motivated candidates who have a heart for promoting and strengthening Tasveer's mission:

To inspire social change through thought-provoking South Asian films, art, and storytelling

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