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FEBRUARY 24, 2011: FINDING MY VOICE - 40 mt talk in Cafe Contento, San Miguel de Allende hosted by Marty Rosenberg

February 15: "PIANO & POETRY" an intimate concert at Sala Quetzal, Biblioteca, San Miguel de Allende. The colorful walls in the Sala Quetzal are the works of Mexican artist David Leonardo and it was especially inspiring to perform there. Read 6 poems and played 20 interpretations of jazz and semi-classical standards.

January 24, 2011: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico AUGUST 15, 2010: Read my recent poem IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS at the cultural evening of the Montreal International Women's Conference held at William Hingston Hall, Rue St. Roch. Two paintings "Crescendo" & "Eye to Eye" were displayed along with a slide-show of other works. The conference took place at 7400 Boul St. Laurent.

JUNE 17, 2010: Told my story to RECAA (Resource against Elder Abuse)at their final meeting in Chinatown. Followed by a showing of the film, THE RAGING GRANNIES.

MAY 10, 2010: "FINDING WHAT WAS NEVER LOST" - 30 mt. invitation speech to the Montreal Lakeshore University Women's Club AGM and dinner at the Beaconsfield Golf Club. 6 paintings displayed.

MARCH 24, 2010: One of a panel of speakers at the Greater Montreal Community Development Initiative speaking about THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN ENGLISH-SPEAKING MONTREAL. Held at the Atwater Library. Subject: IDENTITY.

MARCH 16, 2010: Cornell campus, Ithaca, NY. Keynote Speaker for Tompkins Women's Fund Luncheon. Theme: FINDING OUR VOICES.

FEBRUARY 20, 2010: FINDING MY VOICE - Sarasota, Florida. Stella Viae alumnae.

le 24 OCTOBRE, 2009: LA TABLE RONDE - Spoke en francais about the immigrant experience to the Conseil des Femmes Montréalaises at a seminar entitled "MAIS QUI SONT LES MONTRÉALAISES - WHO ARE US MONTREALERS ?"

OCTOBER 23 & NOVEMBER 2, 2009: CBC Daybreak. Invited to be on a panel to share my views on the upcoming municipal elections with Host Nancy Wood.

OCTOBER 17, 2009: ZONTA DISTRICT CONFERENCE, Glenns Falls, NY. Title: "Bridges I have crossed." Spoke to a group of 150 Zonta members in Glen Falls, New York area. Donated a painting for the fundraiser raffle.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2009: SEDE, MCGILL - spoke at the launch of the 2009-2010 calendar at McTavish Hall, explaining the painting THE HARVEST which was featured for September.

NOVEMBER 7, 2008: MARIOTT HOTEL (Chateau Champlain) Acceptance speech - my life story up to now - at the Montreal Woman of the Year Award. Speech can be read in album WOMAN OF THE YEAR.

OCTOBER 17, 2008: SOUTH ASIAN CONGRESS, McGill. Opening Speaker for the 2 day Congress entitled WHAT IS A DESI ? We discussed the intricacies of being Indian in Canada and how each of us coped according to our talents and abilities.

OCTOBER 7, 2008: SAWA, McGill. Guest speaker at the South Asian Womens Aid banquet at McTavish Hall, relating my art to my life.

SEPT. 24, 2008: CBC RADIO: Invited to be HOUSE GUEST on HOME RUN with Bernie St. Laurent of CBC Radio One. I wasn't sure what I could speak about for 2 hours but Bernie has a very special warmth and time just flew.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2008: HUDSON ARTISTS ASSOCIATION. Return invited Guest Speaker, gave a slide show presentation of 240 images entitled: "WINTER IN INDIA, THE IMAGES THAT INSPIRED"

Included a summary of population, literacy, language and religion statistics on India from PLANET INDIA by Mira Kamdar. There were no photos of the Taj Mahal or palaces, just very personal images of everyday life through the eyes and heart of an artist and how these images were transformed into paintings.

It was enriching and energizing to hear what the artists had to say about my work. They appreciated the boldness with color, that each image told a story and that all of the paintings tugged at their emotions.

Always grateful for such feedback because as an artist, being recognized by fellow artists, in whatever manner, can only help us to grow. Merci infiniement !


It was a captive audience of 45 members and I was pleased that so many artists found my talk inspiring and uplifting.

The audience moved with me from Asia to Europe to North America as I shared with them personal anecdotes from my sheltered Goan upbringing to the cultural shock of the West, the eventual awakening and acceptance of myself as an accomplished Indian woman artist, the horror and desperation of my recent cancer and the wonder and serenity that remission has brought.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2007: Guest on RDI Radio Canada International on CULTURE CORNER - interview with Mark Montgomery. Link available.

**************************************************************************************** AS LONG AS MY STORY CAN INSPIRE, I AM HAPPY TO SPEAK AND SHARE IT WITH OTHER ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS. THANK YOU.