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YKB, Act I - a South Asian adaptation of "The Vagina Monologues", is the main and featured program of Ahaana. It's a nationally recognized and a growing collection of authentic, bold, powerful and poignant stories, written and performed by South Asian women. YKB has evolved into a life of its own, nurturing a unique space of love, trust and sharing, while simultaneously building community among local South Asian women. Each year the YKB narratives shatters the silence around subjects like domestic violence, single motherhood, self identity, sexual abuse and much more with the South Asian socio-cultural context, whether in native lands or in adopted homelands. The powerful monologues are captivating in their intensity, their raw messages questioning societal norms, judgments and prejudices. It's a cathartic process for the performers and their stories open dialogues and discussions and lifts the shroud of secrecy and shame! Share your story!
MenOlogues; Act II - A ground-breaking launch at the 2017 Ahaana Festival, was received with amazing support and appreciation! MenOlogues (men performing monologues...get it???) was conceived and created by the founder & director of Ahaana. Her vision of introducing men and their stories to the monologue type of writing and performing, in the same style as YKB, but with a more casual and comfortable approach. Why create the space for men? Well, men should also be able to emote about their poignant experiences! Ahaana is proud to be blazing a trail with vision of spreading this movement and with hopes that the audience will be awe-inspired! Brilliant title, wouldn't you agree?? Hear the other side!
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