Arts

Ather Zia / Abode of the God? / Four corners of extreme pain

As a people living under an occupation which is camouflaged within a patina of democratic set-up and draconian laws, there is a constant erasure of our bodies, memories and identities. We are inflicted with active forgetting in order to survive. At the border where the direct gaze of prose is constricted with barbed wires of multiple coercions, poetry spurts forth. Poetry makes one a witness, rather than just an archivist. One’s life-blood, all that is political and emotional; lived, remaining, and forgotten coagulates into a poem.

YaliniDream / Safety Zones / Salted Wounds

I entered Sri Lankan Tamil politics simply by telling my own story and listening to family and community stories. My earliest childhood memories were of Jaffna (Yalpannam), Sri Lanka—the place after whom I was named. My bedtime stories were of the struggle of Tamil people. Of gatherings tear gassed. Of riots. And of my parents along with the rest of our community, standing up for our rights.

The Car

but tonight 

we beat ourselves against the walls, 

for being so broke,

Review of Micropixie's The Good, the Beige & the Ugly

On her new album, Micropixie faces the complications of living among humans with introspection and righteous defiance. It is filled with quick wit, puns, and double entendres together with a variety of approaches to down-tempo electro-lounge emulsified with a thick dollop of soul. 

To celebrate our 20th year, SAMAR collaborates with the SAADA, the South Asian American Digital Archives! Check out an issue from 2002!

In honor of SAMAR's 20th year, we bring you an issue from the past via SAADA, the South Asian American Digital Archives!

Tracks Back Home

Live reading of poem developed for the South Asians for Justice event "Gujarat Genocide and US Solidarity" in Los Angeles, April 2012

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Voices Of Resistance 10: Arts and 9/11

A reflection on SAPAC's visual arts exhibit and performance event, Voices of Resistance 10:Revision

Swagistani: A Review of Chee Malabar's Burning Tire Artisan

With the underground explosion of Das Racist & the BBC Asian Network-supported BURBAN (Brown Urban) scene in the UK, Chee Malabar attempts to hold down the fort for earnest desi rap stateside with his latest offering Burning Tire Artisan. His dedication to the game is apparent and his commitment to the cause evident, waving both Himalayan Project and Oblique Brown flags since the days when the Karmacy Movement was relevant to somebody; CM shows no signs of slowing down. 

Tonight in Kashmir

Late at night, alone but not in silence, in the capital city of Kashmir

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