Join us to witness the nurturing and empowering journey of the participants as they share their vivid, bold, heartwarming, and poignant stories with you. The powerful monologues are captivating in their intensity, their raw messages questioning societal norms, judgments, and prejudices.
Community Speaks, started in 2011 as a part of Aaina, as a forum for South Asians impacted by violence to break the isolation they have experienced by sharing their story, in partnership with Chaya (now called API Chaya). Each year the Community Stories narratives shed light on the special challenges and opportunities experienced within the South Asian socio-cultural context, whether in native lands or in adopted homelands.
**Trigger Warning: Some stories carry references to topics such as sexual abuse, self-harm, violence, eating disorders and body image. **
7PM: Seattle Raga Institute will present two new compositions, in raga Bhatiyar, portraying the nuanced nature of mental health through melodies and cyclical structures that represent the cycle we often find ourselves trapped in our own lives. These compositions are written specifically for this program by Brandon McIntosh.
Broken Open by Nosh Khurram
Finding My Spirit: A Story of Transformation by Bhavana Chawla
Towards Acceptance by Aarti Kumar Pani
Pin Drop Silence by Masoon Balouch
Promises Are Made to be Broken by Jamal Siddiqui
Discovering by Harsh Agarwal
My Darkest Hour by Sheila Houlahan
When: Saturday, May 7th 2022
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm PST
Where: Benaroya Hall
Cost: $15 (General)/ $10 (Members/Students)
This program is sponsored by Parul & Gary Houlahan and The Indian American Community Services.