Core Units of Ahaana

SAMU - South Asian Meet Up  

Introducing by invitation only, age-based and lifestyle groups of vibrant, active and like-minded singles, at events created for purpose of lifelong and meaningful relationship building.
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Meet up with a group of vibrant, active and like-minded single people for social and relationship networking. Send your interest and bio to
Meet Up!

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SAWEN - South Asian Women Entrepreneurs Network

South Asian Women Entrepreneurs Network (SAWEN) is a networking group of South Asian women entrepreneurs, career professionals, artists, performers, who want to network with like-minded women, to get inspiration from one another and meet other successful women in our community. Our group is a circle of women who have chosen their respective fields of work and are passionate to achieve their goals. The aim of this group is to be a source of referrals for one another and an abundance of information and support. We have taking-care-of-business meetings six times a year plus several smaller social events.

I am fortunate to have in my life family and friends who have provided tremendous support through the difficulties I have lived.  I can only imagine what it’s like for women to have gone through the hardships of mental abuse, rape, violence, identity crises and yes, hunger too - and running into walls with only themselves to pick them up and move on!  In a world where there is more good than evil, it's unfortunate that anyone fall prey to such inhumane atrocities - whether at the instigating, or at the receiving end. Let's all strive to make a difference in our world by focusing on local communities, to make the most substantial impact; to foster these important social connections positively - the huge dividends being love, care, and a kinder world. 

With this desire in my heart, the Ahaana Festival in San Diego was born. Ahaana is really an inspiration from the annual Aaina Festival, a part of Tasveer, Seattle. I had been part of Aaina for over a decade as a sponsor, a volunteer and a YKB performer in 2013, and continue to support them. 

Through the Ahaana Festival and Yoni ki Baat, I wish to spread more awareness, compassion and love. Introducing MenOlogues is yet another artistic ambition which was a few years in the mental making and finally brought to stage this year, in 2017!                                                                                 

 Nanda Mehta

Creator of Ahaana


If you have able hands, we would love to get your help. Whether it's assisting at the festival, media marketing and selling tickets at other events, hosting a performer, we would appreciate it all!


Ahaana is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, supported by grants, sponsorship, and donations by our patrons. You can make a contribution ONLINE or mail us a check to: Ahaana, P O Box 27815, San Diego CA 92198.  For tax deductible donations, contact us at or visit 

Mission & Vision

We have a simple, but strong mission: to cultivate awareness of the South Asian Culture through artists, performers and story-tellers; by focusing on community-based efforts including awareness, education, advocacy and support; by supporting women at-risk and victims of domestic violence.  We will make a difference!