The Aerogram asked me to do a Quick Picks list for this week. I talk about some interesting people and their works, including one of my favourite rappers from Mexico City, an Indian classical dancer, disability hip hop, and a desi electronica musician. Check my list, and go support their works!
Wedding Night (2010) was my first narrative film which I wrote, directed, and produced. The film premiered at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City in 2011. This year, I will write, direct and produce my 2nd narrative film called The Unseen, which is a thriller sci-fi narrative short starring two women in leading roles.
Additionally, I will perform and present my solo performance art show "Allah Earth: The Cycle of Life" and I hope to bring it to a major festival this summer after The Unseen is done filming. There are plans to bring "Allah Earth" to other festivals and cities as well (look for more information in the future).
I will also release my new ASL hip-hop music video from Mexico City (not yet titled) on my youtube channel anytime this year.
Thanks for reading and thanks for your support!
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ALIVE, a St. Louis magazine, has written an article about the honorees being chosen for St. Louis Visionary Awards 2016. You can read about me and other honorees here. Thanks again to the Grand Center and St. Louis Visionary Awards for this great honor.
Thank you to the St. Louis Visionary Awards for selecting me as “Emerging Artist of 2016” to recognize and honor my works as a filmmaker, performance artist, and playwright. Words cannot describe how happy and amazed I am to receive this honor. I had never won or received any awards in my lifetime so this is very new and shocking for me. I hope and pray that receiving this award will help open many more doors and bring me new opportunities to bring my works to a bigger audience. I will honor other previous honorees by speaking out against oppression, injustice and racism; I will continue to use my artistic works to help promote peace, love, respect, and understanding on Mother Earth.
The award ceremony will be held on April 25, 2016 at the Grandel (Sun) Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri. I will post more information later as the date approaches.
Thank you so much again for this amazing honor.
I've decided to start posting more videos to my channel by making ASL (American Sign Language) vlogs on various issues such as social justice, current events, politics, cultures, religions, and traditions. I absolutely love to learn and share my knowledge with other people. I am also frustrated by the lack of accessible information in the deaf community regarding South Asian issues, Islam and Hinduism, Indigenous and POC issues, etc. so I hope to help fix that.
You can subscribe to my channel.
Furthermore, I am busy with writing a few scripts. I'm writing a stage play about famine; I want to explore why famines happen, how they affect families, and how famines could have been prevented. I'm doing research as I write the play.
I am also working on a rom-com screenplay (full-length) and short film script (science fiction) which I hope to eventually produce into a short film (that I want to enter in the film festival circuit).
I also plan to revise my solo performance art project "Allah Earth; The Cycle of Life" and make some slight improvements so I can perform it again in 2016.
Various people have asked me if I plan to re-publish Urdustan: A Collection of Short Stories. Yes, I will--after I write my second book of short stories! I will make both books available upon purchase.
I hope everyone's enjoying the autumn so far.
Salaams 'n' Blessings
I have published my short experimental film called Seasons / Mawsam, which is inspired by the four seasons of Mother Earth and by the Urdu language. I show a symbolic representation of each season through an Urdu word and through my physical performances. They reflect how I feel during each season.
You can view the film here.
I will present a free workshop on behalf of the St. Louis Fringe Festival. I will teach participants how to perform and tell stories from different perspectives. I will demonstrate performance techniques used with body, voice and mind. There will also be other free workshops on site including (but not limited to) Japanese drumming, yoga, clowning, singing, and martial arts! No acting or theatre experience is necessary.
Workshop info on St Louis Fringe website
Workshop is open to all. Hope to see you there!
My show Allah Earth: The Cycle of Life is available to be booked for any upcoming performances. You may visit my page for more information on my show and how to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!
Axis Dance Company, a disability-dance theatre company based in San Francisco, asked me a bunch of questions regarding my disability and asked me to give advice to fellow artists and performers. In short, I said: NEVER GIVE UP AND ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS. Read the interview.
Presenting the world premiere of Allah Earth: The Cycle of Life in Seattle, Washington at University of Washington, presented by the D-Center. Come celebrate Earth Day with me and enjoy my performance. Closed captioning and voice-over are embedded in my multimedia performance so everyone can understand. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
April 25, 2015
7pm at Alder Auditorium (located at Alder Commons Hall)
at the University of Washington-Seattle campus.
The show is free, no cover! Everyone are welcomed to attend my performance.
Hope to see you there!