Heartistry Podcast

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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 timings listening live. 

Previously Aired Episodes

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Episode 5

Episode 5

Episode 5

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. 

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Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 5

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.

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Episode 3

Episode 3

Episode 3

Noorani Dance: 

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. 

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Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 3

Kai Davis
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.

The conversation with 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. 

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Episode 1

Episode 3

Episode 1

Tanzila Khan
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.