I'm very excited to be part of the Be(coming) Desi in America exhibition in Washington, D.C. I have been invited to perform at the Fridge. I will perform 2 poems in American Sign Language and maybe show my new short film.
March 29, 2014
8pm until 11PM
516 1/2 8th Street SE (Rear Alley),
Washington DC 20003
I hope to see you there.
I will perform on March 21st with Loren D. at Kranzberg Arts Center for the ALICE IN FRINGELAND Festival. We will present our unique re-interpretation of "Alice in Wonderland" with music, mime, sign language, and poetry.
"Alice in Fringeland"
March 21st, 2014
Kranzberg Arts Center
501 N. Grand Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63103
Hope to see you there!
My poem Deaf Brown Gurl has been published in this new book called The Deaf Experience, by Michelle Jay. The book has different short stories, interviews, essays, articles, and poems by and about deaf people of many races and cultures. I am very proud to be part of this book! Here is a preview:
Many thanks to Michelle Jay for including me in this book! If you are interested in purchashing a copy, it is available on Amazon.
Poor Magazine has published a new interview with me. Here, I talk about my struggles as a Deaf filmmaker and performer. I also talk about how I incorporate my Indian culture and deaf identity into my works (film, theatre, poetry, performance).
Many thanks to Leroy Moore of Krip-Hop Nation for asking me to do the interview!
On Sunday I performed at a private event (you guys know who you are, wink wink) , we performed on the rooftop of a beautiful tall building in midtown St. Louis. You can see the Arch in the far background. I showed a preview of my work-in-progress, ALLAH EARTH. I used Islamic prayers (both the Adhaan, and Surah Al-Nahl, from the Holy Quran), modern Indian music with a classical twist, sounds of a running stream, and American Sign Language, and MIME to perform Allah Earth.
Allah Earth will premiere in LONDON, UK in the Spring of 2014.
I am Deaf, so it's very hard for me to hear sounds / music but I understand that music is VERY important, and plays a vital role in PERFORMANCE. So I practiced, and learned to COUNT the beats to music while performing. So eventually I was able to recognize the Adhaan, sounds of WATER, the music, the Islamic prayers.
Unfortunately the wind was VERY strong outside, so my hearing aid stopped working.
I tried my BEST and I WINGED my performance without syncing to the C.D... lol even though my performance was messed up, I still gave my BEST and I had the most awesome time performing on the roof... Thank you all for watching!!!!! Blesssss
P.S Jenheloise, I look forward to working with you in London for Allah Earth !!!
Thanx to EM, JOE, TARA, and everyone else.
Here is a small screenshot of my ASL poetry rap video "Deaf Brown Gurl" I am editing. I am just putting down scenes for now, so I haven’t done colorization or audio correction yet. I want to put in scenes from the gurdwara (Sikh temple), mandir (Hindu temple), the dargah (Sufi Muslim tomb), the Buddhist temple, the train station, the Ganges river, scenes from a deaf girls school, and then I want to put in scenes of the St. Louis City skyline, the arch, downtown graffiti murals, and snippets of my own stage performances.
I shot the film footage in India on Feb-March and the city footage 2 months ago but barely did any work since I had to do freelance projects for other clients. i hope to have my video finished by Christmas, insha’allah.
I will perform @ Venus Envy this Friday, August 16th!
I will perform mime + ASL poetry + music, a new piece called ALLAH EARTH which will be part of my performance project for London, UK next year.
Bryson Gerard from LUX ASCENSION will join me with his Turkish bouzouki music.
MUSIC + MIME + SIGN LANGUAGE + ALLAH + WOMAN + MOTHER EARTH
I think I am the only Deaf and maybe South Asian Muslim woman performer at Venus Envy. Please come and support a deaf woman of color!
We are going onstage around 7-7:50PM.
See you there!!!
what: Venus Envy 2013
when: August 16, 2013 (Evening)
where: Cherokee Performing Arts Center, 2722 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO 63118