Interview

Kohinoorgasm’s New EP Celebrates Music’s Role in Political Resistance

May 10, 2018

To celebrate the release of Kohinoorgasm’s new mini EP Synthwali and the War Empire, Kajal caught up with the enigmatic experimental musician, known offstage as Josephine Shetty, to discuss being welcomed by the QTPOC arts scene, where our tax dollars are going, and music’s role in political resistance. We last caught up with you back … Read More

Speaking with Rosanna Flamer-Caldera About Sri Lankan Queerness and Protection

November 5, 2017

In Sri Lanka, homosexuality remains a crime. Non-profit organisation EQUAL GROUND works to dismantle cultural and social stigma, and fights back against police corruption and government inactivity to seek human and political rights for Sri Lanka’s LGBTIQ community. Kajal sat down with Executive Director Rosanna Flamer-Caldera to discuss Britain’s colonial legacy of homophobia, Colombo Pride celebrations, … Read More

Environmental Histories With MacArthur Genius Fellow Sunil Amrith

November 4, 2017

Sunil Amrith is a name you should know. The Harvard University professor and historian, whose work has spanned the topics of migration, public health, empire and the environment, was one of the innovators named as a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant this October. The MacArthur Foundation grants its annual Fellows $625,000–”no-strings attached“, in the … Read More

Water, Migration, Home: Padma Rajendran’s Among Nines

October 6, 2017

Contemporary artist Padma Rajendran’s debut solo exhibition, Among Nines, just closed at Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Malaysia, raised in the Middle East and America, and now based in New York, Rajendran explores the labor of women, interiors, the meaning of space, and narratives of home in her work. Art advisor Sarah Burney … Read More

Diaspoura is the Electric Artist of Your Fever Dreams

June 20, 2017

Where artist Anjali Naik, aka Diaspoura, lives there aren’t any South Asian people around. Hearing her describe it, Clinton, South Carolina sounds like a town missing from time–untouched by the general progress of the rest of the country. “This is where I grew up,” she said, panning the lens of her video camera around. I … Read More

Browntown Ep 2: Shahana Hanif

November 21, 2016

Community organizer and activist Shahana Hanif advocates for her people in the Bangladeshi neighborhood of Kensington in Brooklyn, New York. She focuses primarily on language access, disability justice and female leadership. In Browntown’s second episode, Shahana walks us through Kensington and points out the familiar mosques, activism groups, and discusses what it’s like to live … Read More

INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE: Raja Kumari

October 27, 2016

Tanya Rawal-Jindia sat down with rapper and Grammy-nominated songwriter Raja Kumari to discuss music, Indian culture, and the future. https://medium.com/media/850497e048dd4e7898311608d0048d8a/hrefhttps://medium.com/media/850497e048dd4e7898311608d0048d8a/href Interviewed by Tanya Rawal-Jindia Edited by Mia Fermindoza Footage provided by Epic Records

An Interview With Chuppan Chupai’s Saadat Munir

August 5, 2016

Alisha, a transgender woman, was shot multiple times and fought for her life in the hallways of a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan in May. As she lay dying, patients and staff teased her distraught friends and delayed treating her. They asked Alisha how much she charged for dancing. Her death and the hospital’s misconduct sparked outrage … Read More

#SariNotSorry: An Interview with Kareem Khubchandani

June 20, 2016

Last week, Kajal Mag spoke with LaWhore Vagistan, a drag performer whose recent YouTube performance “#Sari,” set to the tune of Bieber’s “Sorry,” is reimagined with unapologetically flamboyant lyrics. LaWhore is, in fact, the stage name for Kareem Chubchandani, a desi queer performer and scholar whose work documents the experiences of South Asian immigrant gay … Read More

Browntown Ep 1: Anik Khan

April 21, 2016

Rapper and musician Anik Khan was born in Dhaka and grew up in Queens, New York. He raps about being Muslim, an immigrant, and his father, who was a freedom fighter in Bangladesh before they moved to the US. Last month his single “Too Late Now” reached the top of the stack of Spotify’s Top … Read More

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