04-30-19 | Songs for Listening | Heena Patel
Heena Patel, founder and CEO of MELA Arts Connect, picked tunes for Tuesday, April 30 at Songs for Listening. Heena's work focuses on supporting the ecosystem around South Asian performing arts and its practitioners. For this, she assumes a range of roles: cultural strategist, curator, consultant, booking agent, artist manager, teaching artist, and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the performing arts.
A sanitation engineer turned Indian classical tabla player and now performing arts entrepreneur, she started off in the arts as a dancer and choreographer of Indian dance. After running a traditional booking agency for several years, she founded MELA to elevate South Asian arts in the performing arts field.
Recently, Heena has donned the cap of producer & artistic director of the dance-live music-multimedia show Bollywood Boulevard, co-commissioned by Lincoln Center and the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts, and Garba360, an immersive Indian social dance experience, in addition to being the producer of Kathakaar, an Indian classical dance and storytelling-based family performance. Originally from Toronto, Heena now splits her time between the US and India.
'Naina Morey' by Javed Bashir, Akbar Ali & Aamir Zaki from 'Coke Studio Pakistan'
'Chaap Tilak' by Abida Parveen
'Kaun Aayenga Yahan + Kabhi Yun Bhi To Ho' by Jagjit Singh from 'Live in Mumbai'
'Sajdaa' by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Richa Sharma from 'My Name is Khan'
'Minds Without Fear' Dewarists: Vishal Shekhar & Imogen Heap from 'Sparks'
'Bhavani Dayani' by Parveen Sultana from 'Par Excellence'