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Redefining ABCD

Redefining ABCD

By Keerthi + Sneha
Redefining ABCD is a platform to openly discuss various internal stigmas within the South Asian community through the lens of a hyphenated identity and how we as a collective can “change the conversation” to incorporate more South Asian Pride in our day-to-day lives. With this, Redefining ABCD hopes to bring to light different identities within the South Asian community. linktr.ee/redefiningABCD
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Larger Than Us: Cultural Appropriation & How it affects our community
In this episode of Larger Than Us, Keerthi and Sneha talk about cultural appropriation - how to define it, examples of growing up with it, and how it affected their mindset towards their identity. While they discuss the difference between appropriation vs appreciation, they talk about how other minority groups are appropriated within the South Asian American community. As they reflect on why people act this way, they conclude their thoughts on how to change the mindset that leads towards the cultural appropriation of other cultures and often times people's own cultures in hopes people join in on changing the environment towards these negative behaviors. ----- [intro/outro credits] Ravi Ray Audio: https://ravirayaudio.com/
47:27
July 20, 2022
Brown Art Network: Non-profit organizations and their social impact. (w/ Poonam Rahman)
In this episode of Brown Art Network, Sneha and Keerthi talk with Poonam Rahman - Founder and CEO of two international nonprofit organizations, Virtue Mental and Shattering Bias in S.T.E.A.M., both, designed to provide free resources to historically marginalized communities. In their conversation they discuss non-profit organizations and their larger social impact. While they discuss her background in non-profit work, they also discuss the importance of inclusivity in the workplace and ways in which non-profits can stand-out and make an impact. Poonam concludes the episode with advice she would give to others looking to pursue their own career in social justice or non-profit work, as well as some ways in which viewers can contribute and support their local non-profits. To learn more about Virtue Mental and Shattering Bias in S.T.E.A.M. and how you can help out with the organizations, click here:  https://www.virtuemental.org/ https://www.shatterbias.org/ ----- [intro/outro credits] Ravi Ray Audio: https://ravirayaudio.com/
28:54
June 29, 2022
Brown Art Network: How cultural and family interest can shape a musical identity (w/ Anirudh Rajagopalan)
In this episode of Brown Art Network, Sneha and Keerthi talk with Anirudh Rajagopalan - music composer, director, performer, and founder of AR Productions. They dive into his training in classical music in the Western and Carnatic world and how his identity being Indian-Japanese-American affects the way he approaches blending different music styles. While they discuss his background and technical abilities in music, they also discuss how he formed AR Productions and where he hopes his career evolves in the next few projects. Anirudh concludes the episode with the advice he would give to others pursuing their own career in the music industry, looking to develop their own identity within their musical genres. To learn more about AR Productions and some of the work Anirudh has produced and written, click here: https://www.anirudhrajagopalan.com/home ----- [intro/outro credits] Ravi Ray Audio: https://ravirayaudio.com/
36:16
June 15, 2022
Larger Than Us: Realities of being the Younger Sibling in a South Asian Household (w/ Shyam Sekar & Shreya Ameya)
In this episode of Larger Than Us, Keerthi and Sneha make it a little special. They invite their siblings to talk about being the youngest, reflecting on their childhood years, and how being the youngest affected them in a South Asian household. Sneha and Keerthi take this time to reflect with their siblings on growing up and looking towards the future as they face different life challenges. While they have fun asking each other questions about fond memories, they also ask questions about the pressures of being the youngest and how older siblings can support them. They wrap the episode with the advice they would give to help strengthen sibling relationships in general, to those looking to tighten the bond between their siblings and the memories they all have reflected from. ----- [intro/outro credits] Ravi Ray Audio: https://ravirayaudio.com/
47:30
June 01, 2022
Brown Art Network: Portrayal of Mental Health on the Big Screen (w/ Sujata Day)
**SPOILER ALERT - We do touch on a few moments within the movie so please go watch Definition Please on Netflix first if you don't want spoilers! ** In this episode of Brown Art Network, Sneha and Keerthi talk with Sujata Day - actress, director, and writer about her directorial debut film Definition Please, and how the movie elevates South Asian representation on screen, especially with conversations surrounding mental health. They dive into her personal experiences with how she appreciates her upbringing and background, but also the lack of discussion around mental health growing up. While they discuss her personal experiences and career, they dive into several core topics of the movie, from a fan perspective, to connect it to the larger conversations that are needed within our South Asian community in general. They conclude the episode with her advice to up-and-coming writers, actors, and directors entering the entertainment industry and share her career path hoping others can learn from her experiences. To learn more about Definition Please, go watch it on Netflix or click here: https://www.sujataday.com/definition-please  -----  [intro/outro credits]  Ravi Ray Audio: https://ravirayaudio.com/
50:47
May 18, 2022
Larger Than Us: Navigating Rejection & Failure
In this episode of Larger Than Us, Keerthi and Sneha dive into the concepts of rejection and failure, how they differ from each other, and how the South Asian community views these concepts with the meaning of success. While they utilize their personal experiences to navigate through these topics, they also question how they can improve themselves in order to process rejection and failure in a healthier light. They also dive into external factors like social media and see how they change the perspective of handling failure or viewing other's timeline and comparing it to themselves. They conclude the episode with the advice they would provide to younger individuals based on the reflections they had in their conversation today. ------ [intro/outro credits] Ravi Ray Audio: https://ravirayaudio.com/
42:46
May 04, 2022
Brown Art Network: Representation in Youth Movies & TV
In this episode of Brown Art Network, Sneha and Keerthi dive into the importance of having cultural representation in children/teen movies and TV shows. They discuss from their age to now how the on-screen representation has shifted and the impacts it has on shaping perspectives. While they discuss the industry itself, they talk about their personal reflections from childhood and how the on-screen portrayals can affect individuals as adults on topics such as sex, intergenerational trauma, healing, stigmas, and stereotypes. While they talk about the serious notions of representation, they dive into the importance of embracing your inner child - a product of enjoying children's movies and experiences as adults and removing the shame that comes with it. They wrap the episode with their curiosity about the future and gratefulness for the conversations current movies have stirred when talking about heavy topics. ------  [intro/outro credits]  Ravi Ray Audio: https://ravirayaudio.com/
53:34
April 20, 2022
Larger Than Us: Power in Learning your Mother Tongue (w/ Subhadra Suresh)
In this episode of Larger Than Us, Keerthi and Sneha talk to Subhadra Suresh, an aunty who they have grown up learning Tamil from and who is a major role model in their community in Cincinnati, to dive into the conversation of how your mother tongue can connect you to your cultural identity. They dive into their personal experiences, how their community strengthened from establishing a language school, and how learning the language influenced the way they are prideful in their heritage. While they discuss the impact language has on their understanding of cultural identity, they also explore the various conversations and thoughts Subhadra aunty had as a parent to first-generation Indian-Americans. While they discuss the important relationship between parents and their children, she concludes the episode with ways people can be kind to themselves and dive into the curiosity of learning their mother tongue.  ------ [intro/outro credits] Ravi Ray Audio: https://ravirayaudio.com/
47:52
April 06, 2022
Brown Art Network: Effects of Social Media on the Creative Industry
In this episode of Brown Art Network, Sneha and Keerthi talk about the effect social media has on the creative industry. They talk about their personal uses of social media with their creative efforts, how technology has changed, the types of creatives on social media, and how they are affected by society's issues propogated on all the social media apps. While they talk about social media and all the issues around it, they talk about how it gives everyone a platform to speak on and discuss the various ways social media has been a positive influence. They conclude the episode with some lasting thoughts they have on how to handle social media based on how they see it influence society. ------  [intro/outro credits]  Ravi Ray Audio: https://ravirayaudio.com/
50:35
March 23, 2022
Larger Than Us: Internalized Racism and the Pressures to Fit in
In this episode of Larger Than Us, Keerthi & Sneha dive into the concept of internalized racism and how it affects the various spheres of our lives - social life, home life, mental health, the portrayal of cultural identity, etc. As they discuss their experiences and how it has shaped the viewpoints that they see now, they also discuss what other ideas or perceptions our community has that needs to change. They wrap the episode with advice on how we can change as individuals and also break the cycle of actions in our community to create healthier conversations. To see all the contents Sneha mentioned at the end of the episode, click here: https://linktr.ee/redefiningABCD ------ [intro/outro credits] Ravi Ray Audio: https://ravirayaudio.com/
01:02:05
March 09, 2022
Brown Art Network: Reimagining Classical Music (w/ Rizwan Jagani)
In this episode of Brown Art Network, Sneha and Keerthi talk with Rizwan Jagani, an American new fit musician who is a Western classically trained violist. They discuss Rizwan's experiences studying Western Classical music and how he blends modern and classical styles to bring his niche in a traditional, puritan world. While they discuss what it means to be a "new fit Musician", they break down what it means to be a South Asian creative and stay true to yourself in a field that still practices traditional methodologies. In addition, they talk about how the South Asian competitive attitude can affect the way certain South Asian creatives are unable to get a seat at the table in industries they hope to grow in. They wrap the episode with advice on how to grow in the Western Classical field and how the field is growing to modernize and blend music styles to continue to thrive in this modern society. To learn more about Rizwan, click here: https://www.rizwanjaganiviolist.com/  ------  [intro/outro credits]  Ravi Ray Audio: https://ravirayaudio.com/
58:21
February 23, 2022
Larger Than Us: Value in Vulnerability
In this episode of Larger Than Us, Keerthi and Sneha talk about what it means to be vulnerable in this day and age and how the concept of vulnerability affects the way they see different types of relationships. As they discuss the importance of a meaningful relationship, they also talk about how the South Asian community views vulnerability in the hopes to see how we could potentially change the mindset it carries with us. Finally, they wrap up the episode with advice on how they feel opening up can be integrated into new and daily relationships. ------ [intro/outro credits] Ravi Ray Audio: https://ravirayaudio.com/
49:18
February 09, 2022
Brown Art Network: South Asian Pride in Fashion Industry & Standing against bad fashion practices (w/ Naavi Clothing)
In the first episode of Brown Art Network for Season 3, Keerthi and Sneha talk with Gnanaselvan Ponnampalam - director and founder of Naavi Clothing. A casual streetwear brand inspired by Tamil culture, rooted in the arts and ways of life of Tamils across the Globe. Gnana talks about how Naavi started and the purpose of his brand - to bridge the east and the west through thoughtfully designed apparel depicting Tamil culture and heritage. With Naavi's values, they also dive into the importance of South Asian Pride in the fashion industry with a fine balance between representation and ethically created products. They wrap the episode with goals Gnana has for Naavi Clothing and the importance of integrating sustainable practices when manufacturing clothes. To check out the lines Naavi has out and purchase apparel, click here: https://naaviclothing.com/ ------ [intro/outro credits] Ravi Ray Audio: https://ravirayaudio.com/
34:24
January 26, 2022
Larger Than Us: Is the grass always greener on the other side?
In the first episode of season 3, Keerthi and Sneha kick it off with a Larger Than Us episode! They dive into how people perceive the US and India as an outsider to those countries and how it can affect the way you carry your identity as an Indian American, hyphenated identity, and their parents as immigrants. As they discuss how the stereotypes for people living in both countries can sometimes be deceiving, they touch on ways we can dismantle those stigmas or perceptions to ensure we can change the way the relationship is seen of "the grass is always greener on the other side". They wrap the episode with thoughts of the future - how the next generation in their families will perceive both countries and how they feel about that. ---- [intro/outro credits] For more information about Ravi Ray Audio click here.
44:11
January 12, 2022
Welcome to Season 3!
In this episode, Keerthi and Sneha take a look at what they have done in the past few months, how our segments are changing, and what to expect in season 3.  To watch our video podcasts of each episode, subscribe to our YouTube Channel here. ---- [intro/outro credits] For more information about Ravi Ray Audio click here.
09:39
January 10, 2022
Brown Art Network: Meet Ravi!
In this episode of Brown Art Network, Keerthi and Sneha interview Ravi Ray (Ravi Lad) who is the Head Mix Engineer and founder of Ravi Ray Audio - an audio post-production company looking to help desi creatives reach their fullest potential. They dive into how Ravi got started in engineering, how he fell in love with music, and how he found his passion and career in Mix Engineering. As they talk about his creative passions and business, they also dive into his relationship being South Asian American and what he has learned from growing his identity over the years. They wrap the episode with insights into Ravi's business values and what he hopes to foresee for Ravi Ray Audio and himself as a creative. To listen to the song "Decisions" that he mentions in the episode click here. To learn more about his business or to get in business with him, go to www.ravirayaudio.com or follow him on Instagram @itsraviray.
42:42
December 29, 2021
Brown Art Network: Meet Mayuri!
In this episode of Brown Art Network, Keerthi and Sneha interview Mayuri Baheti - founder and CEO of Mor Collections, a clothing brand that makes versatile South Asian-inspired clothing pieces. Mor Collections looks to redefine the shopping experience for South Asian fashion. Mayuri talks about the inspiration behind starting Mor, her experience of becoming a founder and entrepreneur, and the internal battle she had as she transitioned from a career at Microsoft to starting her company and running it full time. As she speaks about her story with Mor, she also talks about her inspiration to keep her motivated as a startup founder and her relationship with her identity being Indian-American. She wraps the episode up with great advice for aspiring business owners and entrepreneurs. To view her store or to buy some pieces, click here: https://morcollections.com/
42:22
December 15, 2021
Brown Art Network: Meet Mrinal!
In this episode of Brown Art Network, Sneha and Keerthi interview Mrinal Gokhale - author and former journalist. They dive into how Mrinal got into journalism, what her book "Saaya Unveiled: South Asian Mental Health Spotlighted" is all about, and how she came up with the idea of her book. While Mrinal shares how she got into her passion for writing and her career, she also shares with us her journey with mental health and how her identity as a South Asian American affected her growing up. They wrap the episode expanding their views on mental health to a bigger picture of society and Mrinal shares with us some advice for people navigating their own journey with mental health. To purchase her book "Saaya Unveiled: South Asian Mental Health Spotlighted" click here: https://www.amazon.com/Saaya-Unveiled-Mental-Health-Spotlighted/dp/B093RPHGL1/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Saaya+Unveiled%3A+South+Asian+Mental+Health+Spotlighted&qid=1638334267&qsid=130-3093077-5997306&s=books&sr=1-1&sres=B093RPHGL1&srpt=ABIS_BOOK
40:13
December 01, 2021
Larger Than Us: Realities of being the Eldest in a South Asian Household
In this episode of Larger Than Us, Keerthi and Sneha talk about their experiences being the eldest daughter in their family and how that affected them growing up, the parallels they see to media representation of the eldest in a South Asian/Asian household and reflect on how they grew up with the expectations of being the eldest. As they navigate various experiences, they also talk about the expectations for sons vs daughters in a household and how it affects the way society sees the eldest daughter. They wrap up the episode with warm feelings and fun stories about their siblings and give advice for how they hope people can improve their relationship with their parents/loved ones.
50:16
November 17, 2021
Brown Art Network: Challenges of Building a Career in the Creative Space
In this segment of Brown Art Network, Keerthi and Sneha change things up and try something new. In this episode, they talk about their own relationship to creativity, art, and expression and dive into some of the challenges of planning for a career in the creative industry. They break down education and resources they wished they had, how the South Asian community responds to growth in the creative space, how their inner selves (with the way they were raised) affected the perspective of continuing on in creative positions, and the idea of making your passion your career. Finally, they give advice to everyone who is hesitant in pursuing their passion professionally. Reply below in our Q& A section with your thoughts after listening to the episode!
45:51
November 03, 2021
Larger Than Us: Queen Bee Syndrome
In this episode of Larger Than Us, Keerthi and Sneha discuss everything about Queen Bee Syndrome - what it is, how it affects people, and where they have seen it in the workplace, social relationships, and the South Asian community. While they discuss instances of queen bee syndrome, they talk about non-traditional experiences (outside of the workplace) particularly within the Indian community and people focused on competition. Just like other stereotypes/labels though, they also discuss when people try to label women in power as "Queen Bee" and how you need to identify real behaviors vs superficial labeling. They wrap the episode with the advice they would give for people who encounter such individuals and how we can foster more inclusive environments to prevent such traits in people. Check out Pixar's Spark Short Purl which explains why "Queen Bee" occurs and how we can change it: https://youtu.be/B6uuIHpFkuo. 
39:47
October 20, 2021
Brown Art Network: Meet Goirick!
In this episode of Brown Art Network, Keerthi and Sneha interview Goirick Das - filmmaker and founder of 8 Sages Entertainment. They dive into how Goirick got started in filmmaking and directing, the challenges of getting support from people in his community, and his experiences in film school. While he wears multiple hats in the filmmaking process, he dives into the meaning behind 8 Sages and how his entertainment company aides to be a hub for a multitude of artists to display meaningful content on various mediums. As they wrap up the episode, Goirick shares with us some advice he would give to his younger self and others looking to start a career in filmmaking. To learn more about 8 Sages Entertainment, click here: http://www.8sagesentertainment.com/8-sages-entertainment.
43:21
October 06, 2021
Larger Than Us: Unblurring the lines between societal pressure and culture
In this episode of Larger Than Us, Sneha and Keerthi dive into how we can separate the multiple cultures involved in our identity and societal pressures. Oftentimes, some people in our community tend to "hate on their culture" instigating internalized racism and negative association to South Asian Culture. They use this episode to navigate through how we define culture and the complexities that come with it. They wrap the episode with some advice they have to understand how to prioritize life values and use the pillars of your identity to reach your goals.
45:46
September 22, 2021
Brown Art Network: Meet Cathy!
In this segment of Brown Art Network, Sneha and Keerthi interview Cathy Gomes, founder of 700 Rivers - a global, ethical, and sustainable lifestyle brand that creates high-quality products by Bangladeshi artisans who have escaped human trafficking. Their products are made from natural ingredients local to South Asia. Cathy dives into how she started 700 Rivers, how she incorporated her passion for spreading good in the world with her career, and how her hyphenated identity allows her to appreciate her roots and be prideful of her Bangladeshi background. As she shares with us her story and being Bangladeshi American, she also dives into the important work she does with 700 Rivers in spreading Bangladeshi culture and traditions. She also goes into the impact of 700 Rivers providing the opportunity to women to help themselves find a way to have a second chance at life after their traumatic experiences. To support 700 Rivers you can buy their products here: https://www.sevenhundredrivers.com/
54:57
September 08, 2021
Larger Than Us: Stigmas Around Matchmaking Services
In this episode of Larger Than Us, Keerthi and Sneha interview Radha Patel - founder of Single to Shaadi, a matchmaking service that connects singles to meaningful, deep relationships. In their conversation, they discuss why matchmaking has developed a negative connotation, how the cultural influences from our South Asian and Western sides affect the way some approach matchmaking, and how Single to Shaadi is redefining what it means to be a "matchmaker" by emphasizing mutual compatibility in their process. In addition to this, Radha also gives great advice to youths in the early stages of looking for love in their life and people preparing themselves to find love again.  For more information or if you are interested in being a part of Single To Shaadi's community, click here: https://www.singletoshaadi.com/
46:46
August 25, 2021
Brown Art Network: Meet Natalie!
In this segment of Brown Art Network, Sneha and Keerthi meet Natalie Varkey - a history teacher and stand-up comedian living in North Carolina (and soon Boston!). They dive into how she got started in comedy, her experiences being an Indian American woman performing comedy in the South, her views of South Asian representation in both comedy and teaching, her growth into pride in her cultural identity, and reflections of her time growing in stand-up. As they wrap up the conversation, Natalie leaves the listeners who aspire to join the stand-up world with some great advice. To learn more about Natalie and follow her career and jokes, follow her on Twitter @princessbozo!
48:03
August 11, 2021
Redefining ABCD Turns 1!
In this mini-episode, Keerthi and Sneha take the time to reflect on the year they had with making this podcast and discuss their favorite memories "on and off camera". As they talk about their favorite moments, they also think back to the first recording to see how much they've grown from then to now. From Redefining ABCD to every listener and guest that has been a part of our segments, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for sticking around and consistently supporting us! (Stay Tuned for exciting things in the future)
13:18
August 04, 2021
Larger Than Us: Processing Anxiety & Depression
In this episode of Larger than Us, Keerthi and Sneha open up about their personal experiences and reflections with their continuous journey with Anxiety and Depression. With media romanticizing the path of healing from mental health, the purpose of this episode is to share the darker sides of dealing with mental health issues to help encourage our listeners to have safe conversations with other people in their community about their own experiences. While they get personal, they also discuss how the pandemic has shifted ways of addressing mental health issues and the repercussions (good and bad) that come with these changes. As they wrap up their conversation in this episode, they conclude with their reflective thoughts for listeners, with and without mental health issues, to take away from this episode.
49:55
July 28, 2021
Brown Art Network: Meet Durgy!
In this episode of Brown Art Network, Keerthi and Sneha interview Durgy - a magician and wedding MC based in Toronto! They dive into his career and role models that helped shape his interest in magic and also dive into his view of representation in his field of work. They wrap the episode by hearing Durgy's advice on how to set yourself apart from others in your industry by creating your niche. To learn more about Durgy, click here: https://www.durgyspade.com/
35:10
July 14, 2021
Larger Than Us: Healing From Burnout
In this episode of Larger Than Us, Keerthi and Sneha interview Aditi Shakti - a spiritual business coach for women focused on mindset, empowerment, and energy healing. They dive into Aditi's business and how she got started in her field, as well as, ways to navigate through those feelings of loss of purpose and burnout. Aditi also talks about the importance of understanding our ancient culture as we move into a more westernized world as our long-upstanding culture provides ways to heal from burnout. As they dive into how burnout may look like and how to overcome it, Aditi shares primarily how South Asian customs and traditions make South Asian women burn out more often and how women can overcome that with the 3 step process: energy healing, mindset, and empowerment of one's life. To learn more about Aditi's business, click here: https://aditishakti.wixsite.com/home
46:14
June 30, 2021
Brown Art Network: Meet Janani!
In this episode of Brown Art Network, Keerthi and Sneha interview Janani, founder of The Indian Standard - a magazine focused on normalizing the day-to-day of mental health. As they dive into conversations about how The Indian Standard came to be, her future goals with the magazine, they also talk about how cultural identity works with mental health and other topics that are prevalent in the South Asian community when talking about the importance of taking care of yourself. To view/subscribe to the magazine click here: https://theindianstandard.co/. To learn more about Janani, click here: https://www.byjanani.com/.
42:51
June 16, 2021
Larger Than Us: Interracial Relationships
In this episode of Larger Than Us, Keerthi and Sneha meet with Ragini Chatterjee Branch to discuss her experiences with her relationship and marriage to her husband Neil and how she deals with the stigmas surrounding interracial relationships in the South Asian community. She also dives into how she navigates through various conversations with her partner that helped her relationship be successful. As they wrap up the conversation, Ragini ends the episode with the advice she would give to interracial couples and people starting out in their marriages after reflecting on her own.
37:53
June 02, 2021
Brown Art Network: Meet Nithya!
In this episode of Brown Art Network, Sneha and Keerthi interview Nithya Gundlapali who is a Fin-Tech Consultant by day and an artist and business owner by night. Nithya’s business, MyDecorify is a website dedicated to DIY projects as well as Nithya’s beautiful illustrations and digital art, which you can also buy as prints or stickers. While they dive into her business and how she balances 2 careers, she also goes into how she found the balance in her South Asian identity as well as representation in both career fields. She wraps the episode by giving advice to all our listeners on how to take on more than 1 passion full time. To check out MyDecorify, click here: https://mydecorify.com/
40:35
May 19, 2021
Special Collaboration with co-founder of TamilCulture: Ara Ehamparam
In this special collaboration, Keerthi and Sneha sit down with Ara Ehamparam, co-founder of TamilCulture and myTamilDate, co-host of The Tamil Creator, and his other startup ventures in the tech space. They discuss why TamilCulture was created, how the idea of their organization came to be, and his other startup ventures he has created through his entrepreneurial spirit. While they talk about his experience, they also dive into what mindset entrepreneurs should have and advice for people looking to be founders of their own projects and startups. Redefining ABCD was featured on TamilCulture so check out the article here: https://tamilculture.com/redefining-abcd-a-podcast-working-to-highlight-various-hyphenated-identities-in-the-south-asian-diaspora To learn more about TamilCulture click here: https://tamilculture.com/ To listen to Ara's podcast click here: https://thetamilcreator.com/
34:28
May 05, 2021
Brown Art Network: Meet Krithika!
In this episode of Brown Art Network, Sneha and Keerthi interview Krithika Rajkumar, Lawyer, and Bharatanatyam Dancer. Krithika dives into how she got started into Bharthanatyam, her experiences she took from her Arangetram, and how she views dance now and continues to grow herself as a talented artist. While she goes into her dance journey, she also gives advice to prospective dancers on how to get started in the field of expressing ideas and choreographing various dance pieces. In addition to dancing, Krithika is the Head of Legal and Compliance for a nonprofit organization called CAREspaces which aims to create safer workspaces in the Indian Arts Community.  To view Krithika's work click here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg0_8tH--MwdC3qgFwMIcYQ and to learn more about CAREspaces, click here: https://linktr.ee/CAREspaces
48:36
April 21, 2021
Larger Than Us: Self Worth & Breaking from Insecurities
In this Larger Than Us segment, Keerthi and Sneha talk about the struggles they have in terms of breaking from their insecurities and identifying what it means to have self-worth. This is a follow-up episode of the Season 1 episode that addressed the question “Am I Enough?”. While they dive into personal experiences, they reflect on ways to overcome various obstacles such as Imposter Syndrome, Anxiety, and insecurities that can affect confidence or self-esteem.
48:08
April 07, 2021
Brown Art Network: Meet Sachit!
In this episode of Brown Art Network, Sneha and Keerthi interview Sachit Grover, actor and filmmaker. They dive into how he got into acting, the people who inspire him, and how he utilizes various social media and platforms to engage people with his works! He also talks about the ideation process for his short films and other works on his YouTube channel and his cool experience working in Mumbai. To view his work, check out his youtube channel with all the segments he mentions in the episode: https://www.youtube.com/sachitgrover
36:13
March 24, 2021
Larger Than Us: What does it mean to be successful?
In this episode of Larger than Us, Keerthi and Sneha get into an intimate conversation revolving around what it means to be successful. They dive into what the South Asian community defines as success onto their children and the struggles of growing up with those expectations. They also talk about the competitive environment that the South Asian community exudes through comparing children to one another and finally, they discuss how they view success based on their past experiences and what metrics they keep in mind going forward. 
51:47
March 10, 2021
Brown Art Network: Meet Tara!
In this episode of Brown Art Network, Keerthi and Sneha talk with Tara Ashraf, creator of inbetweenamerican - a blog dedicated to talking about the various ups and downs of being a hyphenated identity. Tara uses her identity as a Pakistani American to navigate through various topics on her blog. Keerthi and Sneha ask Tara about her experiences finding that balance in her identity, ways she navigates being a blogger and communications/media professional, and advice for everyone trying to figure out how to balance all their interests and set goals in their career/life. To read her blog, click here: https://inbetweenamerican.com/
34:12
February 24, 2021
Larger Than Us: Opening up about Relationships and Setting Boundaries
In this episode of Larger Than Us, Priya Tahim, founder of Kaur Counseling, joins Keerthi and Sneha to dive into the conversation about what it means to have a healthy relationship and how to put yourself out there in the dating scene. While diving into what it means to have a healthy relationship with a partner, Keerthi, Sneha, and Priya also talk about why dating is a closed-off topic in the South Asian community and how to set boundaries with friends and potential partners. Check out Kaur Counseling here: https://www.kaurcounseling.org/
41:38
February 10, 2021
Brown Art Network: Meet Manasi!
Welcome to Season 2 of Redefining ABCD! We kick off this season with a Brown Art Network Segment with our wonderful guest Manasi Arya! Manasi is a digital creator and artist who spreads positivity and joy through her art. While she works to elevate her small business, she is a special education teacher, completing her Masters in Special Education. Sneha and Keerthi talk with her to learn more about her journey as a creative, as well as, her teaching career. Click here to view her work: https://linktr.ee/Artwithmanasi ----- Music by BeatByShahed (IG @imshahed)
35:09
January 27, 2021
Special Collaboration with The Desi Condition!
In this special episode, Sneha and Keerthi talk with the host of The Desi Condition Podcast, Tanushree, to discuss her experiences through her career, her decision to go into education as well as cultural identity. To hear Sneha and Keerthi go on as guests and to check out other episodes, click here: https://anchor.fm/the-desi-condition/
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January 06, 2021
Season 1 Wrap!
That's a wrap! As we come to the end of Season 1, Keerthi and Sneha take the time to highlight their favorite conversations with all of the season 1 guests, reflect back on the season as co-hosts by sharing their thoughts before and after starting Redefining ABCD, and give a preview of what to expect in season 2. From Redefining ABCD to you, we hope you all have a great holiday season and New Year! Stay safe!
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December 28, 2020
Larger than Us: How can we be more transparent about Mental Health in our community?
In this episode of Larger Than Us, Vaidehi joins us to talk about the importance of being open and honest about mental health and how the South Asian community tries to suppress the conversation about mental health, deeming it a topic of taboo. The goal of this episode is to discuss how we can start having open conversations about mental health with both family and friends by opening up ourselves, through this episode, about our experiences so that we can show people that we aren’t alone in this discussion. We hope this episode helps spark conversations within your own circles.
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December 23, 2020
Brown Art Network: Meet Tricha!
In this episode of Brown Art Network, Sneha and Keerthi interview Tricha Kumar, a dancer/choreographer and filmmaker to hear all about her experiences, career-shift, goals, and advice for aspiring South Asian creatives. She has been a part of India’s Bollywood Industry since 2017 and has worked on many international shows in Mumbai. As a filmmaker, she has various works under her repertoire in Bollywood music videos, commercials, and shows. Her most recent project includes an independent short film called "Addiction".  "Addiction" is a 100% South Asian, a women-led experimental short film shot in Mumbai, India. It tells the story of an impressionable workaholic who unplugs from his mundane routine after a transformative night out. This film is entirely dialogue-free, and in its place is an original composition of music to tell the story. "Addiction" is currently in post-production between five countries, and they are raising funds for music production, video editing, and film festivals. They invite you to join them on their journey. Your donation supports both parity (women) and representation (South Asians) in media. Donors will get their name on a special credits page, and highest-tier donors can earn an Associate Producer credit. Contact them on Instagram at @addictionindie or visit trichakumar.com/film to learn more!
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December 09, 2020
Larger Than Us: How can we be better allies to the Black Community?
In this episode of Larger Than Us, we will have Asia Porter come and talk about her perspective as a black individual and learn more about the black community so that we can better understand how we can support one another. To listen to Asia's podcast The Narrative, click here: https://linktr.ee/thenarrative.podcast
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November 25, 2020
Brown Art Network: Meet Sabreet Kang Rajeev!
In this episode of Brown Art Network, we have Sabreet Kang Rajeev, a full-time social science researcher and the author of the book, Generation Zero: Reclaiming My Parents’ American Dream, a memoir that highlights the everyday experiences of the first generation Indian-American. In this episode, Sneha and Keerthi will dive into her upcoming book releasing on December 8th, 2020, and her career as a sociologist and writer. For more information about her book visit: https://www.sabreetkangrajeev.com/
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November 11, 2020
Larger Than Us: How can we be better allies to the LGBTQ+ Community?
In this Larger Than Us episode, we will have our first guest of this segment, Bijin Basu! For this episode, we are going to be having a conversation with Bijin to learn more about the LGBTQ+ Community and how as the South Asian community, we can be better allies to our friends who identify in the community. Our goal for this episode is to publicize the learning process and have an open conversation about how we can educate ourselves and others about the LGBTQ+ community. For more information about the LGBTQ+ community, and ways you can support, go to https://www.glaad.org/
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October 28, 2020
Brown Art Network: Meet Zenab Kashif!
In this episode of Brown Art Network, our guest is Zenab Kashif! Zenab is a freelance photographer and designer based in Minnesota. Through her company ZKCaptures, she provides a multitude of services from professional photoshoots, web design, personalized illustrations, and branding. To learn more about her business visit: https://www.zkcaptures.com/home 
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October 14, 2020
Larger Than Us: Am I Enough?
In this episode, Keerthi and Sneha will dive into a question a lot of us struggle to answer: Am I Enough? With the societal expectations that desi households and families put up for themselves and their children, many times the pressures of wanting to meet everyone's expectations can get to us. In this episode,  Keerthi and Sneha will discuss societal pressures, Imposter Syndrome, and reflect on their past experiences and cultural expectations to help you do the same.
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September 30, 2020
Brown Art Network: Meet Vidita Kanniks!
This episode will be the first in the series called Brown Art Network, highlighting specific South Asian voices in various professions in their chosen industry. Our guest for this episode is Vidita Kanniks! She will be talking about some of her experiences,  the work she has done so far, and some advice she has for South Asian creatives pursuing a similar career in the Arts. Listen to Vidita's album that she mentions in the episode, Sarada, to gain more insight into her work! The link below is the information about her album and where to listen to it: https://www.viditakanniks.com/sarada
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September 16, 2020
Larger Than Us: What does it mean to be Indian American?
We are so excited to kick-off our podcast with a Larger Than Us segment, talking about a topic that hits home for both Keerthi and Sneha: What does it mean to be Indian American?
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September 02, 2020
Introduction to Redefining ABCD
Welcome to our podcast! In this episode, you will get to know the co-hosts of the show, Keerthi Sekar and Sneha Ameya. You will also learn about our guest formats, episodes styles, and what to expect. 
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August 25, 2020