Nadya Agrawal

Letter from the Editor: Kajal Turns 4!

December 14, 2018

Dear readers, Today Kajal Magazine turns four years old. I often rehash the origin story of this project – I started it in December 2014 when I was desperate to break into a very insulated, very white media landscape. I thought it could be a place for the stories I loved about a new generation … Read More

Diaspoura Takes Those on the Sidelines to Task with “Glisten”

December 13, 2018

Artist Diaspoura, aka Anjali Naik, premiered the music video for her song “Glisten” on Nylon today. The video is a gorgeous trek through the wildlands of South Carolina, showing tenderness and biting edge in equal measure. “[Liberals on the sidelines] can see our tears and our sweat and how we gloss ourselves up and move … Read More

Badaam’s New Gender-Neutral Collection is Here

December 2, 2018

The Australian brand Badaam is back with a new collection of sets, shirts, and saris. And they’re all gender-neutral. When we spoke to Badaam’s founder and designer Priyanka Koul, she mentioned that she was working on menswear and expanding the reach of the brand. “I am creating garments for men and women who have been brought … Read More

LA’s Discostan Blends Archiving with Music and Performance

October 31, 2018

In a bar in LA you might be able to hear ancient sounds, handed generation over generation down the mountainsides of Pakistan. Or, you might be treated to the strains of street music from Cairo cartwheeling across the tables. Or, you’ll see folks swaying to a rare record from a never-forgotten Lebanese songstress. This is … Read More

Kohinoorgasm’s “Chalo” Is a Tender Show of Femme Power

October 18, 2018

Artist Kohinoorgasm‘s latest music video “Chalo” premiered yesterday on the Fader. Depicting a picnic respite by the ocean, the video by director Jing Niu is all about soft touches and sisterhood. “‘Chalo’ celebrates cultures of queer femme mutual support and queer femme abundance despite misogyny’s attempts to deplete us of our power and magic,” Kohinoorgasm … Read More

Rapper Horsepowar Hosts New Food Show Exploring Curries of the World

October 8, 2018

“From Japan to Jamaica to the Philippines, every culture has its own take on a dish I grew up eating with my Punjabi family,” rapper Jasleen Powar, a.k.a. Horsepowar, says over a montage of New York City scenes. “We’re here, we’re hungry, and we’re eating our way through the five boroughs.” The web series, which … Read More

The Suitable Girl: Sari Fears

October 2, 2018

The women in my family are columns of silk when they wear saris. Statuesque, taller somehow, unattainable in their grace and assuredness, as if they wore the fabric like power. They took small steps but also long strides. They wore high heels that daggered into the floor of hotel ballrooms, leaving behind tiny indentations in … Read More

Surina & Mel. Shows Brown Lives in All Their Normalness

July 30, 2018

In a short 55 second trailer, Surina & Mel. shows us what television shows could look like. Even though it’s not out yet, Surina & Mel. from actors Surina Jindal and Melanie Chandra and former Family Guy writer Sameer Gardezi, has us excited. Besides having two South Asian women as the show leads, Surina & Mel. promises to show … Read More

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