Interview - Kalyani Giri

Kalyani Giri was born as the eldest of four siblings in 1961. She grew up in an Indian South African family during South Africa's apartheid years, which later influenced her dedication to promoting tolerance and understanding for future generations. She first enrolled in the University of Durban Westville to pursue a fine arts degree, but as student riots broke out, she moved on to pursue a Carnatic music degree in Madras, India, where she met her husband. Her husband then moved to the United States, with Mrs. Giri leaving South Africa to join him in Houston in 1991. In Houston, she worked as a music teacher of classical Indian music. However, after writing a review on an Indian dance performance for Asian Woman Magazine, Mrs. Giri discovered a passion for journalism and cultural exchange, ultimately leading to her establishment of HUM Magazine.

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