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