Rita Meher, Co-Founder
Rita Meher is the co-founder and has been with Tasveer since its inception in March 2002. She is the Executive Director and leads the organization with a fierce passion and a relentless drive to bring to light the stories of South Asian Diaspora.
Before diving full-time into Tasveer, she worked as a freelance video producer and editor. She edited the award-winning Bangladeshi documentary Threads and made her first short film, Citizenship101, based on her own immigrant experience. She has a strong background in producing government and public television shows, and made her career debut in TV in Japan in 1995. Rita has been honored with many awards for the work that she does for our community. Some of them include: Seattle Globalist of the Year in 2015, Rising Star in 2015 and Community Voice in 2016 by Northwest Asian Weekly, Excellence in Arts by International Examiner in 2016. Tasveer was nominated for Seattle Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Arts in 2017.
Farah Nousheen, Co-Founder
Farah is the co-founder of Tasveer. She moved with her family to Albuquerque in 2010 to attend graduate school in American Studies at UNM. She fell in love with the vast sunny sky and the friendly beautiful people, and decided to make Albuquerque her new home. She now works as an academic advisor at the University of New Mexico. She also recently founded POC Yoga in Albuquerque.
Shahina Piyarali, Board President
Shahina is a book reviewer for the Seattle-based publication Shelf Awareness and serves on the National Council of Greywolf Press. She is qualified as a barrister in England & Wales, and earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of Washington School of Law. Retired from the legal profession, Shahina still deploys her legal training to assist non-profits. Tasveer's commitment to showcasing thought provoking, intellectually stimulating South Asian cinema and literature in Seattle is a cause that is close to her heart and she is honored to serve as Tasveer's Board President. In the past she has served as a Board member of Group Health Foundation and Laurelhurst Community Club, and Diversity Chair on the Board of University Preparatory Academy.