“Champion Capri’s & Sperry’s with mismatched socks in the middle of a historic gali (narrow street)in my desh(country), this picture accurately describes me in a nutshell”-Amruta Panth
So, I’m Indian…but I’m also American. I’m 150% Indian from the inside out, but I wasn’t raised there. I was raised always being ” The Indian Girl”‘in a western world,you feel me? I like to eat rice with my hands, I prefer vada pav over anything else, my playlist consist 99% of Indian music..oh and I also listen to Indian classical. I mean don’t get me wrong, I also love pasta, tacos, pop music, and PB&J! I’m gung-ho about Diwali AND Christmas! Is it possible to be a fusion, a hybrid? An Indian with a splash of western? Embracing both cultures to make your own mark? Thats my mission. I grew up being in a dilemma, of embracing my Indian culture vs adjusting to the western world. I was always so drawn to Indian culture, history, & heritage. My mission is to be the hybrid, that I hope to see. I’m proud to say I live in a country with the freedom to express my culture & heritage. I believe we can embrace our rich culture with open arms and still be western. We don’t have to wash off the glowing heritage that our first generation brought, with them to this country; or the glowing heritage in India! So why am I blogging about this? My goal is to share my passion for my rich culture & heritage with the world.
One of my biggest exposures to my culture was through dance! I am trained Indian classical dancer and I also teach & perform Bollywood “Ish-tyle”, and by profession, an entrepreneur ( A Panth Vision). I had always been so deeply passionate about India and Indian culture but never knew where to take it. I always felt like the local tour guide to Indian culture wherever I went; it was like I always left an Indian footprint.
As I began to do soul searching, I read an interesting book on joining your talents and passions, and that’s what really inspired me to search for an avenue to be able to share my passion with the world. (I’ll talk more about my Indian heritage story in the article titled: “ My Indian Heritage”). Long story short, I came across a heritage movement on my last trip to India in a city called Ahemdabad, Gujrat when my family took a heritage food walk; what better than to learn about history and take a walk at the same time with food!(Ah-mazing!)I saw that people were actually able to get degrees in heritage management and show the world their passion for their culture, along with organizations that promote it! I was like hm…I kind of already do this, why not share it with the world!
I was super inspired by that and a few people I met along the way. A month after I came back from India, EUREKA! The idea to start my own venture of sharing my journey for my passion & heritage was birthed. I figured, me being an Indian brought up abroad, someone may relate to my story. I hope to inspire more Indian-Americans ( or even Indians in India) to embrace our rich culture with open arms. For me. It took me a while to really reflect and understand what I wanted to do. But I strongly believe that when the time is right, God will lead you to your bigger path, as long as you trust. I have many ideas and many things I want to do but to start with I share with you, “Meri Sanskriti” ( my culture & heritage), from my lens. Stay tuned!
“The Indian Girl”
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