HEARTISTRY is based on the idea that we are all artists - creating a choreography or masterpiece through our respective life paths.
When life is approached with heart, there is a form of artistry, or as we call it Heartistry.
Farah Yasmeen Shaikh welcomes guests from around the globe that are bringing a passion, compassion and deep commitment to what they do - income generating or not.Conversations take place with artists of different genres, as well as lawyers, activists, entrepreneurs, tech and healthcare professionals, and more - as we all find our artistic flow with our heart leading the way.
Weekly episodes will air LIVE on Tuesdays on RukusAvenueRadio.com - DASH Radio’s exclusive online South Asian Radio Station - sharing the art, music, and culture of the South Asian community and giving it a global platform. See the image above for details on times to listen live.
Opening music for Heartistry: Call to the Sea of Music, Tarz Group
Brinda Guha is a New York based dance artist, incorporating various styles of Indian classical dance of which she has trained in Kathak dance for over 20 years, and has trained in Manipuri and Flamenco, and after continued training in all of these and more styles, Brinda has developed her own movement vocabulary called Contemporary Indian dance.
Brinda is also deeply committed to arts as activism, with the belief that artists have a responsibility to start a dialogue to create positive changes. This is reflected in Brinda's own projects such as Wise Fruit a curated event to highlight NYC-based artists who can yield action with the event honoring and benefiting Planned Parenthood Action Fund of NYC.
In 2014, Masuma launched Pink Banoo an opportunity to create and market contemporary South Asian women's clothing with a mission to give back to girls' education in need.
After years of experience in brand marketing, customer relations, and e-commerce, Masuma took her love for fashion, and combined that with her passion for girl power, launching her entrepreneurial journey.
Masuma strives to find the balance between mom-entrepreneur life, and now with the concept of styling from the inside out through her newest venture B. WellStyled.
Masuma is most proud of not only the courage to believe in her dreams, but also the ability to embrace change and to pave a path towards what her heart desires.
Ali Noorani is the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan advocacy organization working to promote the value of immigrants and immigration, and the host of Only In America a podcast bringing you to the people behind our nation’s immigration debate.
Ali and the Forum, along with a broad coalition of faith, civil rights, business and immigration organizations have launched the #AllofUS campaign to reach Americans nationwide to make the case that across countless sectors, immigrants — regardless of status — are doing essential work on the front lines fighting COVID-19 and keeping the nation safe and healthy.
Coined as the "Indian Jane Fonda," Sarina Jain is the creator of the original Masala Bhangra® dance series. She successfully moves, touches and inspires many people around the world with her knowledge and passion for Bhangra and Bollywood. Recognized as a global game changer, Sarina is the first to bring Indian dance to the US fitness industry. In 2020, Sarina celebrates 20 years of the inception of Masala Bhangra®! A certified fitness instructor for over 25 years, she teaches classes ranging from step aerobics, total body conditioning, and many more. She has dedicated her life to helping others find their healthy way to a more positive way of living.
Wayne is the co-founder of Dancers Group a service organization focused on promoting the visibility and viability of dance - serving artists, the dance community and audiences in the San Francisco Bay Area. Working tirelessly to advocate for dance, Wayne is a first hand witness to the ever evolving arts landscape in the Bay Area since the early 1980's. Through the onset of the AIDS epidemic, to the increasing cost of living in the Bay Area and the exponential adverse effect of this on artists in the region, Wayne comes from a place of compassion and empathy, and someone who holds steadfast to his commitment to support dance and dancers.
Anisha Muni is a native New Yorker and a forever student of Kathak dance. She has had the distinct opportunity to train in Kathak under many greats over the past 20 years - both in India and in New York.
In 2019, Anisha founded the New York Kathak Festival, a nonprofit organization that presents and promotes dancers, scholars, and practitioners of Kathak, through a festival bringing together Kathak artists from across the United States and beyond.
Kaamna Bhojwani Dhawan
Kaamna is a public speaker, writer, dancer, entrepreneur, singer, mother. Restless soul, fearless advocate for the truth and she is an undaunted lover of the arts. An entrepreneur, she recently founded her second sole venture - KaamnaLive, an online video series aiming to dismantle stereotypes and norms to force discussion. With a firm commitment to non-judgment, inquiry and humor, KaamnaLive is a #BSFREE weekly dose of enlightenment and entertainment for open-minded audiences determined to live their best lives.
Barkha Patel is a kathak dancer, choreographer, teacher and artistic director of Barkha Dance Company.
Barkha shares her journey in the world of South Asian classical dance - how she made the decision to make dance her career, the challenges and joys of finding her own artistic voice, navigating the relationship between Guru and disciple, and so much more. Not only is Barkha a phenomenal dancer, her words and thoughts will inspire you just as much as seeing her move!
Barrister Khadija Siddiqi
A young, passionate human rights lawyer and activist, Khadija's long struggle for justice has served as an inspiration for others.
She survived a brutal attack on her life in May 2016, followed by a three year battle for justice where at one point the convicted attacker was acquitted, sparking a social media outrage and a fierce campaign against him.
Her victory was deemed as a success for the women of Pakistan who look up to her as a role model.
Deepti Warrier, Vocalist
Trained in both North and South Indian classical music, Deepti also enjoys singing ghazals, thumris and light music genres. She learnt Carnatic music as a child and after moving to the US trained in Hindustani Classical music with Dr. Sisirkana Dhar Choudhury.
Deepti is also passionate about working for gender equality and female empowerment in the community and is involved with various organizations and initiatives.
Esha Gupta, Athena Nair,
Sreoshi Sarkar & Mira Wadehra
These young women spent much of their childhood being trained in kathak dance, amidst the pressure of academics and social peer pressures.
In a group conversation with Farah, we discuss their journeys with the dance, as well as their perspectives on the women’s movement of today, what a true sisterhood looks like, and so much more.
At the age of 5, Kai was enrolled in creative movement classes. With discipline and training, 12 years later, Kai was contracted with the Boston Ballet, beginning her 17-year career as
a professional ballerina.
Kai currently teaches in the SF Bay Area for various acclaimed companies and institutions.
Kai talks about being a black woman in an industry that is dominated by very particular physical attributes of body shape and size, and how more often than not, she found herself as the only person of color on and off the dance floor in her various ballet environments.
Founder of Girlythings.pk - an ecommerce business using a mobile application to deliver feminine products and urgent menstrual kits to women anywhere in public throughout various cities in Pakistan, Tanzila is overcoming barriers of all types.
Tanzila has written and published two books - “A Story in Mexico” and “The Perfect Situation”, the first o which she wrote when she was just 16 years old. Profits from the sale of her have funded community projects in the fields of disability, women empowerment, education and environment.