i'm glad you came upon my website in these vast interwebs.
i’m an award-winning documentarian, and my heart-work is in audio.
i’ve lived in six cities, five countries, and four continents. i'm a queer south asian femme first generation immigrant from a family of refugees. i’m deeply disturbed by the idea that when society fails to tell a story, it implies that it is unworthy of being told. working to build understanding/empathy thru story is my form of resistance.
from 2014-2016 i worked at KALX as News Director, Manager, and volunteer DJ in Berkeley CA, where I fell in love with freeform community radio.
i graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelors degree in political economy in 2016. after graduating i joined the KALW newsroom in San Francisco for their summer journalism program.
in early 2017 i worked in partnership with the 1947 Partition Archive and produced a series of three short documentary films made from oral history interviews from their archive, to demonstrate the impact and memory of 1947's Partition.
in fall 2017 i became producer at CANADALAND, an award-winning news startup in toronto. i ran the progressive political podcast, Commons. production of this show was almost entirely a one-woman operation (me).
in 2018, i co-created Amplify, the inaugural storytelling conference for people of color. Learn more here. #AmplifyPOC
i am the producer/editor of the upcoming documentary podcast, Historically Queer, about the lives of QPOC activists.
among other things, i'm currently working on a series of sound-art experiments (read: i have no idea what i’m doing, but it’s fun!) re: empathy & mental health. also, i am looking for collaborators for an interactive web/audio documentary project - if you know interactive web design/mapping stuff & you are deeply angered by immigration detention, please write me!
aside from storytelling in all its forms, i’m wild about hand drumming, hiking, music, lakes (especially the Great kind), and furious dancing.
prior to all of the above, i was actually putting my degree to use, working primarily in human rights policy research for non profits including Human Rights Watch (nyc) and Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action, and Research (mumbai).
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