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AAINA 2019 SCHEDULE RELEASED!
Friday, April 12th 
7 - 9 PM Yoni Ki Baat

Saturday, April 13th 
12 - 2 PM Tasveer Youth Collective
2 - 4 PM   Community Speaks
4 - 6 PM   South Asian Professional Women Network
7 - 9 PM   Yoni Ki Baat
9:30 PM  Tasveer Dance Party 

Sunday, April 14th 
2 - 4 PM   Yoni Ki Baat
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14TH YONI KI BAAT

About Yoni Ki Baat: Inspired by Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, YKB was originally started by South Asian Sisters, based in San Francisco 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?  

I look forward to seeing you in the audience.

With love and in community,

Jaya

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YKB PARTICIPANTS

Meghna: Making Waves

I am a nonprofit event manager focused on living in the present. I love all things soul-nourishing: grandma’s cooking, bookstores and dancing till my feet ache.  

I chose to participate in YKB this year because I wanted to dive deeper into my roots and examine the effects of my socialization in a setting that is culturally specific and sometimes challenging because it goes against South Asian social norms. I hope that by sharing my story, I can disrupt the cycle of narrowly defined South Asian womanhood in my own family and in my community.

 

Shilpa: Unbecoming

A poet, an artist, a music and nature lover, a dreamer. Wife, Mommy to a 11 year old and a teacher who teaches technology and art to kids.

Choice of participating in YKB was prompted by the calling to explore living life undefended and as an authentic expression of true self. I hope to create curiosity about how it might change things if we could cultivate a safe, sacred environment of relating to one another in ways that are non-judgemental and non-restrictive.

 

Shivani: Inherited Silence

I am Floridian who moved to the Pacific Northwest for the vegan food. I work as an audiologist and recently started my own practice. Having been a fan of YKB for many years, I loved witnessing the healing, strength and support between YKB sisters at each performance. This year seemed the perfect opportunity to participate now that I have more time for myself.I think it is important for our community’s identity to be based on truthful, shared experiences rather than myths or expectations. I hope by telling my story I can help us get there.



Siddhi: Clouds Do Part

I am a kind and fiercely loyal woman who loves everything Desi- from Garba and Bhangra to Bollywood to Desi Khana. I call Tasveer my home and chose to participate in YKB this year after being profoundly inspired by last year’s stories. Through my story I hope to inspire changes in family dynamics in our culture and encourage people to have open dialogues around difficult subjects.

 

Khurshida: Slavery to Bravery

I am a bold, confident decisive leader who joined YKB 2019 to enlighten our community on the hidden  crime of human trafficking. I am a mom, sister and friend, motivational speaker and chef. I hope by telling my story that I can inspire the humanity in us all.
 

 

Sowmya: Calm After Storm

I am a single  mom to an amazing and handsome son Eshan. By profession, I am a newbie Real Estate Assistant and loving it! I chose to participate in YKB this year because I am ready now than ever before to celebrate myself differently today. I am here to tell my story because its my story of courage, wisdom, and strength I have gained through the journey of suffering


Indu: Grief & Gratitude

I grew up all over India and the Pacific Northwest has been home for 17 years. At work, I operate in the niche between HR and Technology. At home, I apply systems thinking principles to decode the human experience. I am mom to two energetic nine-year-old boys and love travelling and exploring life, with my husband.

My story has helped me re-frame old narratives around primary relationships and pivotal events in my life. The light I shine on my past, gives me clarity for the future. I hope my story adds to the voices that bring a positive change in our community.

 

Cynthia (Mumtaz): The Weight of a Decision

I am a mother of two sons, a center-fielder, a wife, an auntie, and a sister.  A maker of tatertot casserole, and an Academic Adviser in the Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) Department at UW.

I signed up for YKB to be in community. To be brave. To be vulnerable.  I’m a Pakistani woman and a mother of mixed-race children. I realize how important having a strong sense of identity is for me and my family.  That begins with sharing my story. The love, the joy, and the pain. I hope others will find connections to the echoes of who I am.

 

Farah: Rage

I am  a daughter, a sister and an Aunt, working in luxury fashion, a world traveler and a lover of people. I  chose YKB as I wanted to find a platform to share my own journey of pain and betrayal and in turn grow from it.

Life isn’t only about the destination but the extraordinary connections you have along the way.  2019 is a year that I did not want to sit back. There was something missing in my life and I just felt I was going round and round on that hamster wheel.  Today, I am here because I learnt the art of forgiveness through YKB and my sisters.

COMMUNITY SPEAKS

In Conversation with Parents: My Kid at the Park

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

Call for Stories and participation - 
Community Speaks is seeking stories from Parents and Children of Special Needs. 

Do you have a story to share about yourself and your child? 

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.
 
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