Staff

 

 

Rita Meher, Co-Founder & Executive Director

Rita Meher has been with Tasveer since its inception in March 2002. She oversees, besides daily operation, the Tasveer South Asian Film Festival and Aaina: South Asian Women’s Festival every year.

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. She was named Seattle Globalist of the Year in 2015, and a Rising Star by Northwest Asian Weekly.

Rita was born and brought up in India, and lived in Japan for 4 years. She is fluent in Hindi, Odiya, and Japanese. She has been awarded The Globalist (2015), Rising Star (2015), and, Community Voice (2017). More about her click on her LinkedIn profile.

Email Rita Meher: rita@tasveer.org

 

 

Sumathi Raghavan, Program Manager

Sumathi Raghavan has been with Tasveer since December 2016, after volunteering with the film festival earlier that year. By training, she is a librarian and writer/editor, with past positions at the Stanford University Press and the University of Texas at Dallas.

Sumathi and her family have lived in Seattle for five years, and after ten years in Texas, they are enjoying getting to know this new, beautiful part of the country.

Email Sumathi: sumathi@tasveer.org

 

Core Volunteer Team

Kiran Dhillon: Tasveer South Asian Film Festival

Varun Gupta: Varun Gupta is chief technology officer CTO of Tasveer. He works with Tasveer ED in various operations like strategy, technology, media, social media and operations. He is a technology leader in one of the largest technology companies of the world. He is deeply involved in social work in India and travels extensively to India. He has been associated with Indian film makers from childhood. He has been involved in films and documentaries. His passion is to provide platform to film makers interested in meaningful cinema that moves society forward.