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November 23, 2018

There is something about ancient cultural stories that has always fascinated me. As a child growing up in American suburbia, it never struck me as odd that I was obsessed with reading the Indian epics in great detail, even though my exposure was limited to books and vi...

May 30, 2018

So excited to announce that Shakti Collective will be performing and presenting on Saturday, June 2 at the National Cathedral Lawn in Washington, DC for One Journey Festival! One Journey Festival is a FREE, day-long family-friendly celebration of the courage, culture,...

April 23, 2018

The band is not only the people on the stage. The band is everyone in the room, bringing their own sounds - gestures - expressions - energy into the collective space.  The audience brings the energy that makes the performer play - something that cant always be seen, bu...

April 19, 2018

In Indian classical dance, an importance is placed on looking at the hands while we dance. The eyes are the most important elements of these dances- where they go, what they follow can tell a whole story to the audience. As we watch our own arms and hands move in air,...

March 26, 2018

Lately, I've been obsessed with the movie "Get Out."  Like, so much so that I have been neglecting my work and social life so that I can keep reading about it and analyzing every little detail. And though this obsession has been going on for a couple weeks, I seem to c...

March 5, 2018

Conflict is a dreaded word in many social and organizational settings. At the core, every human being wants to be liked and accepted by his/her counterpart, and the appearance of conflict appears to threaten that basic need. Conflict most often results in one of the th...

March 4, 2018

My life has been an interesting, albeit nomadic one. I have long been amazed and fascinated by the differences in cultures, values, and behaviors between my two home countries. There is an inarguable difference in value systems between these two regions: while the Unit...

March 4, 2018

People are often baffled to hear that I enjoy being in India more than the USA. Why would I prefer to live in the chaos, poverty, uncleanliness, and corruption of  India over the progressive, convenient, and ubiquitously air conditioned USA? There are many reasons for...