EFA Project Space hosts the South Asian Women's Creative Collective's (SAWCC) celebration of 15 years of collective feminism, art and organizing!
Music by DJ Ashu Rai of Sholay events, dance by the Parul Shah Dance Company, free wine/juice/ refreshments served. Kids and formal attire are welcome and encouraged! (Free for those under 12 yrs.) Admission is $15.00 - a dollar per year! Please RSVP in advance as there are only 100 available tickets for this event!
Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://www.sawcc.org/15th-anniversary/
Ashu Rai is a resident DJ and co-founder of Sholay Events’ “Desilicious”, NYC’s monthly and queer South Asian dance party since March 2002. She has performed at many of New York’s premiere venues, including Limelight, Pachita, Club Shelter, Pyramid, Highline Ballroom, BB King’s and Rebel. She has also taken the Desilicious party and her signature mix of Bollywood-House music to Amsterdam’s Paradiso for the city’s India Festival and around the East Coast.
Ammr Vandal has been a member of the Parul Shah Dance Company for the last eight years. She began learning Kathak in her home town of Lahore, Pakistan under the tutelage of the late Maharaj Ghulam Hussain and Nahid Siddiqui. After an extended break, in which she pursued her college education in Hong Kong and the US, she resumed her training in New York City under Parul Shah, a leading disciple of Padmashree Kumudini Lakhia. The repertoire of the company includes traditional Kathak solo and group pieces along with contemporary dance pieces. Ammr has been featured in numerous performances including Jacob’s Pillow: Inside/out series, the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts: EnGendered Arts festival, Solar One: Sun to Stars festival, City Center in New York: Fall for Dance Festival, Rosswell Cultural Center Atlanta: Parul Shah & Co., City Center in New York: Career Transitions for Dancers, Tribeca Performing Arts Center: Tradition Unbound , Brooklyn Museum of Art: Parul Shah & Co. as well several other educational and demonstrative performances.
Ammr is currently based in New York where she is continuing her training under Parul Shah as a member of the Parul Shah Dance Company. Along with pursuing her passion for Kathak, she works as an Architect allowing for an undeniable influence of both spatial art forms on each other.