Alka Kurian, Secretary
Alka Kurian is a Lecturer at the University of Washington Bothell. She teaches film studies, literature, human rights, and women’s studies. Her 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 South Asian Film Festival.
Shahina Piyarali, President
Shahina is an American-Pakistani writer and reviewer for the Seattle-based publication Shelf Awareness who moved to Seattle in 1991. She was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh (Fmr East Pakistan) and grew up in London. She is qualified as a barrister in England & Wales, and is an attorney who earned her Juris Doctorate at UW School of Law. Retired from the legal profession, Shahina still deploys her legal training to help non-profits. Tasveer’s commitment to showcasing 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. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Ali, and they have two grown up sons.
Debadatta Dash, Treasurer
Debadatta Dash has worked for Wal-Mart in different management positions before managing PlanetGuru, the first-ever South Asian newspaper in the Washington state, as its co-publisher. He has also worked for Starwood Hotels and Resorts in many managing positions. He is the former President of IAWW (India Association of Western Washington), and a board alumnus of the United Way of King County. He served two full terms as the Commissioner of the State Commission on Asian and Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA), appointed by both Christine Gregoire and Jay Inslee.
Dash has been honored by the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation, the International Examiner, and former Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott for his dedication and contribution to community service. He is currently a board member of the Asian Counseling Referral Service (ACRS), Sukarya USA, and the CIBER Advisory Board for the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.
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.
Prachi has deep roots in India and “grew up” in the Pacific Northwest. A lifelong learner, with a background in public health and epidemiology, Prachi works at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the Global Health Program. She has been involved with Tasveer since 2008 in many roles- volunteer, festival director, participant, supporter and is the founding Board member of Tasveer since 2012. Prachi lives in Issaquah with her partner, two young children, and their family dog.
Tasveer Board Alums