Art

One Piece by Himali Singh Soin, The Particle and the Wave

April 27, 2020

One Piece By… is an interview-column by Kajal arts contributor Sarah Burney. In each piece Burney will have an in-depth discussion with a South Asian artist about one work of art they have created. The world, as we knew it, is on pause. As governments scramble to get ahead of the coronavirus pandemic and the … Read More

The Soul’s New Album Enry Pete Balances Discord with Harmony

April 24, 2020

“I want to come to a place like this every day and stay in peace,” one band member says, water rushing by. Another responds, “Why not…why can’t you machan?” This is just a brief moment in The Soul’s 2019 film Where We’re From. The video showcases the Sri Lankan band exploring the nature of the … Read More

Chippy Nonstop Talks Music, Culture and Living Her Best Life

April 7, 2020

Chippy Nonstop is a visionary DJ and producer currently based in Toronto. Chippy is known for throwing parties that are affordable, inclusive, and by and for the queer POC community. As one of the creators of Intersessions, she helped to create a series of free DJ workshops for femmes and women of color to share … Read More

Fiction: The Bird

April 6, 2020

Vinita, the bird, thought this: how splendid a woman, this one with hair so golden-brown, so “foreign,” how shapely her eyebrows, arched, as if pencil-drawn (she squinted here; she was growing old and blind­ – fat, old and blind)… Well, she probably has kind eyes and oh! how pretty her pink-slippered feet (her own so … Read More

Poem: Krishnochura

April 1, 2020

The dull, heavy, clouds of smoke block my fleeting glimpse of the fallen krishnochura flowers. When I was five – a cowering bundle in the backseat of Babu’s stuttering motorbike – He taught me how to tie my helmet and how to differentiate a krishnochura from a radhachura. I barely knew how to separate the … Read More

Ushamami Knits Resistance and Vulnerability into Electronic Pop

March 30, 2020

Mena Sachdev has always had a hunger to create their own music. A multi-instrumentalist producer, DJ, and vocalist, they released their solo project, Ushamami, through their first EP, Proximity, in 2018. The limitations of their reality, of who and what was not represented in the electronic music universe, became their inspiration to be assertive in … Read More

In LOTA Land Fashion Is Clean and Straight From the Streets

March 26, 2020

Designers Shradha Kochhar and Adhiraj Singh created LOTA with a three-way mission. They wanted to break what they saw as a wasteful cycle in India’s fashion industry to build a product that would be ethically sourced, locally designed, and authentically represented. Kochhar, a knitwear designer, brought knowledge of the garment industry to Singh’s graphic design … Read More

SAMAVAI’s Spring Collection Rethinks the Sari’s Possibilities

March 11, 2020

SAMAVAI is launching a new collection, featuring the shirt silhouette Vedavalli, this week. The silhouette, named after Shriya Samavai Manian’s grandmother, is a classic button-down, calling back to 70s and 80s old school gems with broad collars and bright patterns. Samavai, the designer, namesake, and multi-disciplinary artist behind the SAMAVAI line, transforms saris formerly worn … Read More

Poem: Deconstruction

March 2, 2020

a conversation is two mouths made one by a knot of string, strung taut and fluoridated and hamstrung and tasting one singular voice. one mouth indentures of the other to concur with silence as an outturn pidgin emerges. its decreolization subverts the first’s imagery and dreams of deification. the sway of rasa is the theme … Read More

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