Struggles and Triumphs of South Asian Creative Women


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Struggles and Triumphs of South Asian Creative Women

Date: Thursday 20th June 2024 
Time: 12pm - 1.30pm
Tickets: Free (booking required) 
Location: Online

There isn't always enough out there that guides South Asian females on how to access the arts and develop their creative practice. In our first online event to kick off Summer Solstice 2024 we are demystifying the process in an interactive panel discussion, commissioned by SAA-uk, presented by Seetal Kaur of Forward Culture.

Featuring four incredible South Asian females who have made waves in the arts industry, they share their insights, experience, and top tips to show you how they have pursued creative career pathways, and how you can too!

Your Panelists:
  • Kaajel Patel London based dancer and fine artist, Kaajel, is inspired by vintage female Bollywood icons, folk and Indian classical dance, cabaret, drag, burlesque and the feminine divine to make choreography, paintings and performance art. Her work combines the magic of ancient Indian practices with the sickly-sweet nostalgia of Bollywood. Kaajel's art explores themes of the sensuality and ferocity of SA women. 
  • Rupinder KaurTalented creative, Rupinder Kaur, is a multidisciplinary artist. Her poetry book, Rooh, was published with Verve Poetry Press. Rupinder's poems have been published in various journals and magazines. Her paper on Panjabi Poetess, Amrita Pritam, has been published by Routledge India. Rupinder has been a BBC New Creative, been part of Kali Theatre's Discovery program, India-UK Creative Industries at 75, and Tara Theatre, Artists Make Space. Rupinder has also taken part in artist residencies at JOYA Arte, Spain, Art House Holland and Preet Nagar in Panjab. She has been a recipient of a DYCP grant to work on dance and poetry. Her one-woman show Imperfect, Perfect Woman, was performed at Wolverhampton Literature Festival. She co-wrote and acted in the short film ‘The Two Artists' which had its premiere at the UK Asian Film Festival. Rupinder wrote and co-directed Behensexplaining, a series of three short films that explore Sexual Health for Trade Sexual Health.
  • Almass Badat- Director, curator and DJ, Almass Badat, harnesses her creativity to tell compassionate, colourful audio and visual stories. Almass is also the Digital Communications Manager at British Underground. Notable collaborators include: Dialled In, What is this Behaviour?, Southbank Centre, Fender, Amazon Music, British Council, Tay Iwar, Elrow, BBC Asian Network, The Science Gallery, Netflix, V&A,and many more! Almass is a judge for the British Podcast Awards, is part of the BRITS Voting Academy, and is a member of the Soho House committee. Outside of her projects and commissions, Almass mentors new creatives and practises collage-making and ceramics.
  • Pritt- South London's Pritt continues to make her mark being Eelam Tamil, which has influenced her style immensely, allowing herself to be as expressive as possible to take a pivotal stance in her art. The Denmark born artist uses her femininity to empower stereotypes of women and take an ‘Eastern meets Western' stand on her music; an un-orthodox approach on honest relatable lyrics couples with Carnatic melisma. Over the past couple years, Pritt has worked with the likes of BBC 1Xtra presenter Sian Anderson & Mayor of London on NEXXT STEP: Women in Music  on a project called BEHIND EVERY GREAT CITY. Pritt now has her own radio show on BBC Asian Network where she curates playlists to put Tamil & South Indian artists on the map. Pritt has featured on music and fashion publications such as GQ India, Clash Magazine, Apple, Adidas, and many more!


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