PC: Dinesh Korde of Studio Disha, Seattle
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 in 2017!
Contact us to be a part of the Ahaana Collective!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.ahaana.org/sponsorships-and-donations.html
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!