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TV Asia in association with Share and Care Foundation present the series premier of “Shades of Shakti” Saturday, March 8 at 8pm EST, repeating Sunday at 7:30pm EST.
Shades of Shakti is a 13-episode TV series featuring compelling stories, life experiences, and extraordinary achievements of South Asian women in the US who have harnessed the principles of strength and resilience, and taken control of their personal and professional destinies—often in the face of obstacles. Through this series, concept developer, director and producer Nisha Mathur wants to focus on real social issues in our own backyard, hoping to inspire and empower South Asian women and the future generation.
Meet some of the amazing women that will be featured:
Ekata Doshi, a young woman who had it all, but is now facing one of the toughest battles of her life—leukemia. Ekata has the added challenge of being a South Asian woman in need of a bone marrow transplant. South Asians are dramatically under-represented in existing bone marrow registries. But cancer picked on the wrong girl. Ekata is determined to fight this battle. Some see a hopeless end, while others see endless hope.
Ann Mukherjee, chief marketing officer of Frito-Lay at PepsiCo. Despite daunting obstacles like child abuse and domestic violence, Ann has never given up because she believes in the strength of human potential. Through her willpower she has developed strategies that can help us maximize who we are and what we can accomplish.
Chanda Zaveri, a Calcutta girl who took a leap of faith as she fled an arranged marriage at age 17. She was determined to complete her education and follow her dreams. Find out how she makes her way from Calcutta to California and listen to Chanda narrate her unbelievable story of fate and fortune!
Shweta Katti, the first girl from Mumbai’s red-light area to be accepted to Bard College in New York on full scholarship but needed funding for room and board. Newsweek recently named her one of “25 Under 25 Young women to watch.” She wants to study psychology and reach out to other girls like her and inspire them to work hard, dream big, and achieve their dreams. As a therapist she wants to return to Mumbai’s red-light district and be a “change agent” helping innocent girls like her to overcome society’s discrimination.
Sneha Singh, a young woman who personifies what our country stands for, courage, freedom, integrity, and hope. Sneha became the first Indian cadet to get entry to the United States Military Academy at West Point, in the Academy’s prestigious 211 year history.
Nisha Mathur is a popular TV host who connects with audiences with her compassion and powerful presentation skills. Nisha strives to use this series to inspire and celebrate South Asian women. Rather than delving into the typical plot lines of TV, Nisha wishes to spotlight REAL women who have used their inner strength, or Shakti, to move forward in life. Shades of Shakti is a refreshing and relatable series that will support women and make them realize they aren’t alone. Please send your feedback via Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 8th is also the launch of Share and Care’s new signature program Inspiring Change – Empowering Women. For over 32 years, Share and Care Foundation has been a powerful vehicle that has driven women to a stronger and self-reliant future. Share and Care works to create opportunities for deserving, economically challenged women and children of India. Such opportunities include developing and providing quality education and affordable healthcare, and supporting skill development to improve the quality of life in rural India.