Barkha Patel and Shachi Phene are friends, collaborators, and co-founders of Aangan. As professional dancers in New York City, both were acquainted with the hustle of being working South Asian artists and found themselves craving stronger community, better platforms and resources for their work, and more knowledgeable conversation around South Asian art. After months of conversations during car and subway journeys, the two realized that they had a shared vision of an organization that would provide the space and resources needed to develop South Asian art in the US, and serve the makers and enthusiasts that love it. Thus, Aangan: South Asian Center for Art & Thought was born
Currently the organization is celebrating a Literary festival in New York city.
The Aangan Lit Fest is a celebration of novels, poems, and memoirs of the South Asian diaspora. Featuring readings and Q&As with authors, panel discussions, and writing workshops, the festival seeks to gather writers, industry experts, and readers around a love of literature, storytelling, and shared heritage.