Ami Patel is a graduate student, poet, and member of South Asians for Justice-LA and Satrang. She is a two-time performer at TNP, and this past August was the co-MC for the South Asians for Justice-LA TNP collaboration “Envisioning Ourselves.”
The evening of the South Asians for Justice-LA and TNP collaboration “Envisioning Ourselves”, the South Asian American community was sitting with heaviness and heartbreak. On August 5th, a gunman killed seven in a Sikh Gurudwara, a sacred place of worship. Over the next few days, Mosques were targeted with arson, BB guns, and pig parts–all during the holy month of Ramadan. Although we had set August 7th as the collaboration date months prior, there was an urgency going into the evening, a need for our community to pick up the pieces and be unashamed as our radically authentic selves. The folks at TNP understood our needs, and working together, we infused the evening with a sense of collective healing. We held a moment of silence early on, and as the evening unfolded, the audience and the performers shared so many parts of themselves. We all mourned together, danced together, laughed together. It was an evening that held both the difficult and beautiful parts of our communities, and for that, I am grateful. I respect the work the TNP folks do as artists, activists, and community members, and hope they are around for many more years and many more transformative collaborations.
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