Aaina, which in Urdu means mirror, celebrates artistic work of and about South Asian women. This year’s festival includes film, visual and performance art, speakers, and conversations aimed at highlighting issues relevant to South Asian women. The spotlight event of Aaina is Yoni Ki Baat, which will be directed by Uma Rao.

Aaina is produced by Tasveer, whose mission is to inspire social change through thought provoking South Asian film, art, and storytelling. We seek to engage and empower the community  through films, forums, visual art, and other performances.

Tasveer was founded in March 2002 by two South Asian women,  Farah Nousheen & Rita Meher. They both felt the need to create a platform that could dispel stereotypes of the South Asian community in the mainstream by showing meaningful films and curating thoughtful events.

“South Asia” includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Afghanistan.

The Aaina festival is produced by Tasveer, a registered 501c3 non profit organization. 

Aaina 2018 Team

Tasveer ED: Rita Meher

Aaina Lead: Savita Krishnamoorthy

Aaina Co-Lead: Meenakshi Rishi

Yoni Ki Baat Director: Uma Rao

Gardner Center & SAAM Liaison: Sarah Loudon

Website: Sumathi Raghavan, Pooja Galgali, Devyani Charde

Gupshup Lead: Smita Soans, Savita Krishnamoorthy

SAPWN Lead: Siddhi Ghai, Rita Meher

Community Speaks Lead: Smita Soans, Devyani Charde, Neena Makhija

Volunteer Coordinator: Ranjini Rajeev, Siddhi Ghai and Tanvi Soans

Marketing: Sumathi Raghavan, Natasha Parekh, Pooja Galgali

Social Media Lead: Natasha Parekh

Graphic Design: Jyotsna Warikoo

Photography/Video: Natasha Parekh, Abhishek Kulkarni, Dinesh Korde

YKB Liaison: Tanvi Soans, Ashwathi Raj

Special Thanks:

Aaina Archives