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.

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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.

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Core Volunteer Team

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Kiran Dhillon

Kiran first attended Tasveer in 2008, began volunteering in 2009, serving in multiple roles in the organization. She directed the SSAFF in 2015 & 2016. When not devoting her time to film, family, friends and other passions, she serves as the Director of Scientific Programs for the Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer in Seattle where she oversees all things scientific including an international scientific grants program, a biennial scientific symposium, scientific input for our community education program and more.

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.