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Patchwork Cohesion

Patchwork Cohesion

Mixing languages, genres, and mediums, Rupa Marya’s San Francisco-based band, Rupa and the April Fishes, is adding to their ever-growing fan base with raucously upbeat music and carnival-like performances. Their music, described by SFStation as “extraordinary,...
Blending Cultures With Words

Blending Cultures With Words

When it comes to being multi-talented, Bharti Kirchner exemplifies how passions and natural-born gifts can lead to a successful career. With four cookbooks, four novels, and numerous articles, essays, and book reviews tucked under her belt, Kirchner has established...
Solar Power for Pakistan

Solar Power for Pakistan

Faizan Ahmad spent the summer of 2007 working to bring solar-powered electricity and solar-powered water purification to villagers in the Thar Desert of Pakistan. The 21-year-old Karachi native is studying Physics and Mechanical Engineering at the University of...
A “Good South Indian Boy” Goes to Hollywood

A “Good South Indian Boy” Goes to Hollywood

Patrons of the Bay Area arts might remember Sunkrish Bala for his breakout role in a stage production of the Mahabharata, where he played the pivotal role of Narada. Then again, you might not, seeing as the production, which took place at “the Hindu equivalent of...
Mike Myers’ Moral Compass

Mike Myers’ Moral Compass

Singer and actor Manu Narayan made his big break playing the lead role in the A.R. Rahman scored Broadway musical Bombay Dreams. Since then, Narayan has played character roles in popular television shows including Law & Order, The Sopranos, and Lipstick Jungle....
Passage to Brick Lane

Passage to Brick Lane

Sarah Gavron admits she was nervous about filming Brick Lane. Though she had made short films and an award-winning documentary, Gavron had never before made a feature film. And Brick Lane was a tall order. Monica Ali’s acclaimed novel about the lives of Bangladeshis...