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Ready for YKB 2019?
Friday, April 12th 
7 - 9 PM Yoni Ki Baat

Saturday, April 13th 
12:30PM Tasveer Youth Collective
2:30PM   Community Speaks
4 :30PM   South Asian Professional Women Network
7 - 9 PM   Yoni Ki Baat
9:30 PM  Tasveer Dance Party at Club Contour

Sunday, April 14th 
2 - 4 PM   Yoni Ki Baat


About Yoni Ki Baat: Inspired by Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, YKB was originally started by South Asian Sisters, based in the Bay Area. Today, YKB is performed across the US telling authentic, bold, vivid, tender, powerful and poignant stories. YKB acknowledges that sexuality is an essential aspect of identity, experience, and expression. This transformative space encourages South Asian women and trans folks to express their challenges, hopes, dreams, breakdowns, breakthroughs, and aspirations for change on behalf of their bodies.

YKB Director's Note:
Jaya Ramesh

I am excited for this year’s YKB and I invite you to come listen and be a part of this transformative experience  These 9 strong women have chosen to be vulnerable with the rest of us. As a member of the larger community your role in bearing witness is vital to this process and has a profound impact.  YKB is certainly a journey for our participants, but it is also a journey for our community as a whole. We are all changed by it.

My first exposure to YKB was as an audience member a decade ago.  I’ve since been inspired to be a participant myself (2012), and am now  honored and humbled to be directing YKB 2019. As a mental health therapist, I see it as my role to collaboratively work with others in helping them find the most authentic version of themselves. My guidance in directing YKB comes from this same place of deep love and respect for the other person’s own knowing and wisdom. It has been my privilege to create space and tend to the stories of resilience, courage, gratitude, love, survival and power by some remarkable women.

The theme this year centers around  “moving from shadow to light.” It is an exploration of how shifting the gaze on and sitting in a different kind of relationship with the unspoken narratives in our lives can help transform us. This work has been facing our wounds and recognizing that storytelling frees us from the solitude of our pain, allowing us to emerge from the shadows into the warmth of connection and light.

Have you gotten your tickets yet?  (Friday is sold out, Saturday only few tickets left)

I look forward to seeing you in the audience.

With love and in community,



In Conversation with Parents: My Kid at the Park

April 13th, 2019, 2:00PM 
Seattle Art Museum

In Community Speaks this year, Parents of children with special needs will share their stories and experiences of raising their children. The intention is to create an understanding between the community and the families with special need family members so that the community can be more of help to them, use inclusive language and the families can also ask for help without any inhibition. Community speaks will be a safe space for the parents and children to share and connect with the larger community, bring to light the importance of appropriate language and talk about the importance of inclusivity.

The circle will be followed by a discussion on topics such as how to reach out for help within our diverse community, what we as a larger South Asian community can do to encourage inclusivity and more.
Our parents participating are: 
Sadaf Bhutta is a mother of 4, a wife and a full time physician. One of her triplets is on the autism spectrum and between work, mothering and keeping everyone on schedules, she decompresses by running marathons. Somewhere in the future, she sees more traveling, going back to her love of reading, making art and possibly learning French.

Nirupama Madhavan is a behavior analyst delivering in-home services to teens and young adults in the Seattle area. She holds a Masters in Education from University of Washington. She moved to Seattle in 2004 after getting married to her husband Pradeep and worked for Microsoft as a software engineer till 2012. She has 2 kids and a dog. Both her boys are 10, one by birth and one adopted. Nirupama and her family love to explore the outdoors, watch movies and hang out with friends.

Aparna Prasad is a director at Starbucks; currently leading innovation on the  Food business for North America retail. She’s the mother of a 7 year old boy, Gautham who’s on the autism spectrum. She’s a strong advocate of inclusive education and building communities where children of all abilities can thrive. Most recently she was serving on the board of directors for the University of Washington, Haring Center for Inclusive Education. Aparna lives in Seattle with her husband Sekhar Putcha.

Naveen Valluri: Naveen Valluri is a Principal Product Manager at Microsoft and a dad to Aadit and Arnav, 13 and 9. Aadit is on the autism spectrum and inspires Naveen every day with his big heart and his passionate honesty. Seattle has been home to Naveen for the last 15 years; he has been an audience member for many of Tasveer’s wonderful events through the years and is excited to be a returning panelist to Community Speaks.
Register here 

Tasveer Youth Collective
Tasveer Youth Collective presents Youth Improv Workshop

Tasveer Youth Collective invites youth (12-18) to participate in an Intro to Improv workshop. Discover the basic vocabulary and techniques behind the art of improv through scenes, games and exercises in a fun, supportive environment. We cap this workshop at 12 participants.

Register here :

The workshop is taught by :

Archana Iyer: Archana is from Mumbai, India and moved to Seattle in Summer of 2016. She was introduced to the world of improv soon after and have been hooked ever since! She love getting to play around with different creative outlets and using improv as a way to meet new people from different experiences with exciting stories to tell.


Siddhant Sharma:   Siddhant(Sid) Sharma found improv when he moved to Seattle in 2016. After taking classes with Unexpected Productions, Siddhant has been performing at improv shows all around the Seattle area for the past 3 years. You may have seen him in the Seattle International Festival of Improv 2018, Jet City Improv’s productions The Monster Hunters and Yes Anderson, and performing musical improv with his troupe Yesterday’s Cake. Outside of improv, Siddhant also enjoys playing and making music and using the amalgam of his Indian identity and American experiences to make art!

South Asian Professional Women Network (SAPWN)
SAPWN presents Dream Big!

Join us at this year’s South Asian Professional Women Networking (SAPWN, pronounced like dream in Hindi as sapan) event to hear from some of our new startup entrepreneurs and some seasoned business women on how to start a business or keep it going. A lot of us feel that we could be entrepreneurs, but we struggle to understand the basics of how to start one. Our panelists will take you through their journey of how they started their own business career, made it a success and answer any questions you will have. Come, get inspired by these passionate women and a find a path to your own freelancing career. They will share their stories, of success and challenges they faced in running their business. There will be a networking opportunity in the beginning, bring your business cards, Q and A session at the end of the program with the attendees.

SAPWN: Dream Big!


4:30- 4:45 pm– Networking
4:45- 5:30 pm– Presentation by the panelists
5:30- 6:00 pm– Q&A and interactive networking

This year’s SAPWN panelists are:

Akhila Tadinada is the co-founder and CTO at Xemelgo, a startup focused on empowering manufacturers with the latest and greatest in Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence technologies. Akhila grew up in a Industrial town in India where her dad worked for India’s biggest power generation company. Visiting the plant floor as a kid stoked her passion for engineering and she is excited to apply her years of experience in software engineering back where she started off. Before entering the start-up scene, Akhila led multiple engineering teams, most recently as Director of Engineering at Hitachi. She is passionate about building teams and mentoring people, especially women, to achieve their true potential.

Ayesha Sheikh is honored to partner with Keller Williams Realty as a licensed broker, currently the number 1 company in real estate by agent count, revenue, and listings sold. Specializing in national and international relocation, Ayesha passionately helps first time buyers, families, and investors navigate the obstacles of the real estate world and wants to bring the dream of home ownership. venturing into the world of real estate, she started her career in the hospitality/hotel industry. After becoming the youngest general manager amongst her peers, she received national recognition twice as general manager of the year. Ayesha is passionate about being a part of and giving back to the great community she belongs to. Originally from Toronto Canada, Ayesha relocated to Tennessee at the age of 13. After completing her studies at East Tennessee State University she moved back to Toronto. She started her journey in Toronto, was introduced to her husband, who lived in Seattle, got married and moved to Seattle in 2008 where she is continuing her journey both personally and professionally. 

Disha Bajaj is a franchise owner of two UPS Retail Stores (Seattle & Mukilteo). Besides being a franchise owner, she is a proud mom of 2 kids. In 2007 she moved to Seattle, WA from Dubai, UAE to join her spouse and the voice of reason in her life. She was pursuing a career in Accounting and Finance in Dubai in a major multi-national company before moving to the United States. Her strong belief is don’t let the fears in your mind push you around and instead be led by the dreams in your heart. Disha strives to spend her energy on what she can create rather than worrying about what she cannot control. She is a fun-loving person and enjoys dancing, hiking, travelling, knitting and recently learned skiing. In her personal time she enjoys listening to classical music and music from different countries. Her motivation is every day comes with a new challenge/opportunity and when she starts her day with a happy family, nothing is impossible. Disha and her family are proud sponsors of several charities with an international cause to reduce poverty and reduce suffering especially for women and children via educational and health initiatives.

Jillu Zaveri is the founding owner of the Seattle-based chai company, Jaipur Avenue. With formal training in textile design, she spent more than a decade in the fashion industry working for some notable names, including Oscar de la Renta, Ankasa, and Nordstrom. Although she still loves her fabrics, her passion for traveling, gourmet food and fitness together the longing for a healthy work-life balance eventually prompted her to start her own business in 2008. Her mission ever since has been to introduce the authentic Indian chai into the mainstream American marketplace. Through the company, Jillu loves supporting non-profit organizations that promote women and minority artists, girl child education, and environmental protection.
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