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  • Preeti Vasudevan helps build a cultural bridge between India and the United States using traditional and contemporary styles of performing arts.   

  • Vinita Sud Belani’s theater company, EnActe Arts, works to increase representation of South Asians in theater.

  • Through tours sponsored by the U.S. State Department, Ari Roland leads artistes to build international understanding through music.

  • Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay, Nashville’s first Youth Poet Laureate, talks about her journey, the future of poetry and the power of narration.

  • As an Indian American, Sameer Patel chose a fairly uncommon career by becoming a musical conductor.

  • After revolutionizing our interactions with music through their mobile phone apps, the duo of Parag Chordia and Prerna Gupta now aims to make reading as addictive as texting, with HOOKED.

  • Award-winning writer Vijay Seshadri discusses the writing process, and the mysteries inherent in crafting world-renowned poetry.

  • "Black Panther," the first Hollywood blockbuster centered on a black superhero is defying long-held stereotypes about Africans and women.

  • Author Tonya Bolden shares her views on what young people like to read and the importance of instilling a love for books from a young age.

  • Kelly Cox’s documentary, “Big Dream,” presents the stories of seven young women overcoming personal challenges to follow their passion in STEM fields.

  • International actresses like Priyanka Chopra  and Ahd Kamel have received accolades for their work in the U.S. television and film industry.

  • Playwright Annie Baker uses artful words and powerful silences to redefine live theater.

  • Women are gaining prominence in roles behind and in front of the camera, especially in the world of television.

  • American author Nnedi Okorafor uses fantasy to tell tales of life in Africa and to confront the continent’s social issues.

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