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Past Event

Mewar - Seattle Diaries

Jan 12 2019

Seattle Art Museum

Simonyi Special Exhibition Galleries

1 PM – 1:30 PM

Two Believers - A Princess & A Gay Man. Two Stories of Struggle & Triumph.

Presented by Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies, Western Washington Chapter: Supporting Members, Parents, and Families of the South Asian LGBTQ+ Community.

Mewar - Seattle Diaries is a 20-minute dance-theater performance, with a royal and internationally renowned cast. The presenters of this show selected the Krishna Shrine in Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India as the center of their performance because the song that accompanies the performance describes the legendary 14th-century Princess of Mewar, Meera Bai, who was a devotee of Lord Krishna. Meera Bai was eventually banished from her kingdom due to her unrelenting love for Lord Krishna and resultant disconnect with her royal court.

Mewar - Seattle Diaries compares the struggles of Meera Bai in 14th-century Mewar with the struggles of the LGBTQ in 21st-century Seattle. An exemplary and highly accomplished cast of South Asian-American performers have contributed their talent and time to this performance to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues in the Seattle and South Asian communities.

Introduced by the Crown Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of Rajpipla, who also works as an LGBTQ advocate in India, the cast includes internationally acclaimed artists Jayant Bhopatkar, Tanvee Kale, and Kumudini Nagarkar (née Usha Vartak), MD student and LGBTQ Advocate Dilip Nagarkar, and renowned Seattle artists Meera Krishna, Meghana Sathe, Anjali Joshi, Neelesh Kamkolkar, and Ria Punukollu.

Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies thanks Seattle Art Museum and Dr. Rekha Sood for their support and for providing a platform to bring critical issues of LGBTQ awareness to this recognized and powerful venue. You can find more information on Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies on Facebook or through email.

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