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A New Voice

A New Voice

I had never heard of Arthi Meera until I saw her perform at the Voices of Resistance 5 festival in 2006 in Chicago. She played guitar and sang two or three songs she had written. The songs and the performance were stunning. Later I bought her self-titled,...
The Cosmopolitan Filmmaker

The Cosmopolitan Filmmaker

After growing up in Kansas City, Kartik Singh has become a cosmopolitan citizen and an award-winning filmmaker. The 34-year-old Singh has lived in Washington, D.C., Japan, the Netherlands, and Paris (his current home), and has also studied acting in New York City and...
Uniting Desi Writers and Readers

Uniting Desi Writers and Readers

There’s a growing movement of South Asian and diaspora writers and readers in America, and at its center is the group DesiLit. The executive director of DesiLit is Sri Lankan-American and Chicago-based writer, Dr. Mary Anne Mohanraj. Mohanraj is a professor of...
An Interest in Interest

An Interest in Interest

Ami Desai is co-founder (with David Crosta) of Early Earners, a program that helps children and adults to save and invest in small amounts over time. Desai earned a B.A. in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MBA from Columbia University. After...
A Different Drum

A Different Drum

Nisha Purushotham is the founder and executive director of Rhythm and Roots, an organization based in Providence, R.I., that uses drumming as a vehicle for social empowerment. Approximately 750 young people have participated in Rhythm and Roots since its inception in...
An Opera Singer’s Journey

An Opera Singer’s Journey

Critics nationwide have described Priti Gandhi’s voice as brilliant, warm, sweet, luscious, and dazzling. The award-winning opera singer recently returned from Mexico City where she had stepped into a lead role in a concert version of Mozart’s rarely performed opera...