Board Members


Alka Kurian

Alka Kurian is a Lecturer at the University of Washington Bothell. She teaches film studies, literature, human rights, and women’s studies. Her single author book Narratives of Gendered Dissent in South Asian Cinemas was published by Routledge in 2014. She is currently working on a co-edited book with Sonora Jha entitled New Feminisms in South Asia: Disrupting the Discourse Through Social Media, Film and Literature.  She has volunteered for Tasveer since 2006 as co-director of Seattle South Asian Film Festival.


Archana Soy

Archana is a recruiting professional by training and an Events professional by choice. With 15+ years of management experience, she has strong skills in overall project management with expertise in people management, relationship building, process building, solutions and leading teams. She has been involved with non-profits both locally and in India. She is passionate about helping organizations realize their full fundraising potential. This is her first board position and she is excited to contribute to Tasveer’s future.



Rituja Indapure

Rituja Indapure currently works at Costco as a Sr.Analyst. She is an avid reader, performer and has directed Tasveer’s South Asian Women’s focused festival. Rituja is an active community member and has served PTA boards as a Treasurer and co-President. She regularly volunteers with the Aras Foundation, United Way of King County and Technology Access Foundation. She is also a supporter of Teen Feed and serves on the Amrita-Seattle meal team. Rituja is an enthusiastic member of Toastmasters and enjoys writing letters on paper.  Rituja is passionate about implementing and improving processes that increase efficiency and productivity of the team. Rituja received her BA in English Literature and LLB from University of Pune and LLM from University of Nottingham. Rituja is passionate about women’s education, equality and leadership.



Rashed Noman

Rashed Noman is very passionate about inequality, gender bias, and inclusion. As per Rashed, cultural activity plays and important role in influencing people’s thought process in the right direction to change the world for better. He believes in the philosphy of giving back and giving forward. Developing organizations, developing leaders, and organizing events are his forte. He always wanted to combine his passion and expertise. Rashed has served for several organizations where he experienced the hrudles of developing a new organization.
Rashed has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from University of South Carolina and MBA from New York Institute of Technology. Rashed currently works as an Engineering manager in the Boeing Company and lives in Seattle with his wife. He laso serves in the board of other non-profit organizations and working with a goal to impact the world for better.

Shahina Piyarali  

Shahina Piyarali

Shahina is an attorney living in Seattle with my husband and two teenage sons. She is currently serving on the Executive Board of University Preparatory Academy and also serve as Chair of its Diversity & Community Committee. Past Board experience includes the Laurelhurst Community Club and Group Health Foundation. Her legal background includes criminal defense, corporate law and nonprofit work for the Ithna Asheri Association of the Northwest (IMAN) based on Kirkland, Washington. She hoping to use her nonprofit legal experience to help Tasveer.
She was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh (when it was East Pakistan), spent my early years Karachi, Pakistan and grew up in London, England. She has been in Seattle since 1991. She most favorite activity by far is reading fiction. At present she is trying my hand at creative writing. Tasveer’s commitment to showcasing South Asian cinema in Seattle is a cause which is close to my heart &  look forward to Tasveer’s growth and continued success.