Congratulations to Kashvi Ramani - Winner of the 2021 Know Your Power Teen Arts Contest

Palisades Library

Congratulations to Kashvi Ramani - Winner of the 2021 Know Your Power Teen Arts Contest

The Palisades Library would like to congratulate Kashvi Ramani who won first place in the Music Category of the 2021 Know Your Power Teen Arts Contest! Her piece is titled Alone Together. She said about the piece:

"Alone Together is a song I recently wrote but has been circulating my mind for years. I grew up with a love for performing but my passion was repressed by a call for “stability” rather than “flights of fancy.” I turned to the media for role models I could follow in the footsteps of but found none I could resonate with. There were few characters in the media who looked like me as is, and those who existed were stereotypical and objects of comic relief. Other friends of mine who were Indian American and even South Asian had similar struggles, though in different forms. The song introduces two characters, specifically, a girl who has fallen victim to internalized racism and has a desire to be lighter-skinned and a boy who tries to replicate the looks of buff, pale male models and has a difficult time coping when he fails. These are just a few of the many related stories across America. Alone Together calls for better representation of South Asians in the media and asks for the chance to show the beauty in being brown."

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The Know Your Power Teen Art Contest, sponsored by Pepco and the DC Public Library Foundation invites D.C. teens to find their power and use it to creatively address a topic that is important to them. Learn more about the contest and see the rest of this year's winners on the Know Your Power page.