The Sugaran Tour is a caravan of multimedia stories performed and presented by artist-activists YaliniDream, Nandini Nessa, Bushra Rehman, and Amita Swadhin.
"Sugaran" is the Marathi word for a weaver bird hailing from lands throughout South Asia. These birds are both clever, weaving nests specifically shaped to defy predators, and resilient. They survived human captivity for generations by learning to appear docile and perform tricks.
Like their namesake, the artists of The Sugaran Tour trace their ancestry to Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and have resiliently survived multiple oppressions - racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, classism, Islamophobia - by weaving new conditions in which they can thrive. Through their fiction, poetry, testimonial performance, filmmaking, theatrical work, and dance, they have stitched bits of discarded and buried histories from the Northwest Frontier to the Western Ghats to the Aruvi Ara together with lessons learned in the concrete jungle of NYC, birthing selves and breaking cycles as they weave.
Bring these gifted storytellers to your community and/or campus and bear witness to their tales of laughter, grief, healing and transformation.
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