originally from India, now based in New Mexico.
I love to create and nurture the creation of art that is cathartic and connective, that inspires deepening encounters with land, story and spirit. In that alchemy of encounter, I believe, there is a resonance, guidance, joy and healing - for ourselves and the communities we call home.
The creativity workshops I facilitate are part of a new experiential project that I call Faraway is Close: cross cultural encounters in metaphor and movement to awaken stories under the skin, indigenous to each of us, the stories only we can tell.
The experiential project was inspired by travels in, Mongolia. Tierra del Fuego, Mexico, Spain, Portugal and Palestine, among others.
Awards include a Fiction Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist's Fellowship and a Fulbright grant to Mongolia to experience and record life in nomadic communities.
Currently developing Mei Ek Bar Pathar Thi /Once I was a Stone/Fui Piedra, a solo play developed during the pandemic about isolation and connection. 2018-2019 touring The Good Manners of Colonized Subjects, a solo play about art, fear, colonization, liberation that incorporates poetry and dance drawn from flamenco and Sanskrit drama. Presented at the Pan Asian Repertory Theater's 2019 Nuworks festival, Santa Fe Women's Playhouse, Amerika Samoa Community College, Arts at Mark's Garage, Honolulu, Navarasa Dance Theater, LA, Maple Street Dance, Albuquerque (See all PLAYS here)
Before that, I directed and produced, Nasario remembers the Rio Puerco, a profile of New Mexico folklorist Nasario García, as he re-encounters landscape and memory in the abandoned villages of the remote Río Puerco valley where he grew up. The film was broadcast on New Mexico PBS in October 2017, was selected to the Golden Door International and Taos Environmental Film Festivals and has screened in New Mexico and Spain.
Documentary work broadcast on American Public Television, National Public Radio, The Discovery Channel, Noggin/Nickelodeon and BBC Radio Four; received a Telly award and a South Asian Journalists' Association (SAJA) Best Documentary Award.
TV projects include: producer/director of Desi, a documentary for PBS Channel 13 about the South Asian community in New York, story-editor of four episodes of On the Team, (Noggin/Nickelodeon) and co-producer of The Empire State Building (Discovery Channel.)
RADIO projects include Bollywood Goes Borscht, on the nostalgia for Indian films within the Russian emigré community and Calling Home, on pay phone centers, both for NPR's On the Media and Blyton in Bombay, a 30-minute BBC Radio Four program about the impact of British children's writer, Enid Blyton on generations of Indians. (producer and editor) and pieces for NPR's Weekend Edition.
Along with Shashwati Talukdar, received the James T. Yee Mentorship Award from the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) for the short fiction feature, Ghosts, based on my short story.
Produced, shot and edited a multimedia documentation project for the Santa Fe-based Institute of American Indian Arts’ Center for Lifelong Education (CLE), edited a short documentary for Rivers Run Through Us and co-produced/edited a story video for Hamaatsa, an indigenous learning center and several short videos for non-profits and events (see Work for samples).
Producer/editor of a half-hour radio documentary about Mongolian women, On the Move in Mongolia. World radio premiere on KUNM (89.9 fm, Albuquerque) program Women's Focus in October 2012. The documentary was produced for Outer Voices with Story Consultant/Executive Producer, Stephanie Guyer-Stevens.
Poems and prose pieces have been published in Calyx, Mizna, The Normal School, Slice Magazine, Permafrost Magazine, Salamander, Chronogram magazine, Word Riot, Sukoon, Lummox, Juked, Tinderbox Review, Santa Fe Review, Malpais Review, Entropy, the Madcap Review, the Nottingham Review, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Wildness, Yes Poetry, New Mexico Mercury, NPR's On Being blog, the anthology, Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer's Disease (Kent University Press, foreword Tess Gallagher), Sin Fronteras journal and The Rag.
Feature articles for Al Jazeera America, Howl Round, Theatre Communications Group's Blog, Vela, Time Out Mumbai and The O&P Edge.
An essay, Snow in Mongolia, appears in the Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 10 (editor, Lavinia Spalding). Translated into Swedish for the anthology, Gränslös (Limitless).
Other grants include a fiction award from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and an Archie D. & Bertha Walker Scholarship from the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA. She has received artists’ residency awards at Hedgebrook Colony, Jentel, Hall Center for the Arts, the New York Mills Cultural Center and the Helene Wurlitzer
Foundation of New Mexico.
PLAYS include: Undo, a one-act (The Players Club in NYC, April 2014), Greenland (part of an evening of staged readings at the Santa Fe Playhouse in November 2013), and the full length plays: When the Stars Trembled in Río Puerco, an oral history play, adapted from the work of Nasario García about life in four now ghost towns in Rio Puerco, New Mexico (April 2014, Teatro Paraguas, September 2014, National Hispanic Cultural Center), The Tree (reading July 2013 at Teatro Paraguas) and Bless Me Father.
Received a CEC ArtsLink Project award to collaborate with ASHTAR Theater in Ramallah, Palestine on the multimedia project Land Out Loud which excavates creative expressions about land in different genres.
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