Get cozy over winter break with arts, ink.

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While exploring the planet Ellea, Milo and Ed are attacked by a massive group of evil robotic creatures that populate Ellea. In danger, Milo and Ed fight themselves with all their might, but it’s not enough for them to defend themselves from a group of menacing robots. When they find themselves cornered, two figures come to rescue….

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Hello, 2021! More cool content coming out soon, super excited for next week’s content! 🙂

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My baby is a technocracy

A classic 8 x 8

A rubric’s cube that breaks all the rules 

How we’d sneak to Calabasas

Remember then?

You told me everything I wanted to hear, as we

Robbed them at gunpoint and left a paper trail 

I told you my name and that was enough

Remember then?

Gave you my all, gave you my all

Perhaps Oregon is not so bad this time of year

Looking for new friends

Remember then?

You told me I was enough

Your nightmare, a nocturnal emission

Let’s take a break, you said

Remember then?

Lost in Translation, 2022

A hard drive malfunctions in a single holding cell, a security camera pans screen right.

My body, my soul, I

I am stored in the cloud

I may be android but 

My baby is a technocracy

The Indian Artist: The Year Ahead

Hi everyone! Happy New Year! After my two week hiatus, I decided to provide a quick update and story before the start of the new semester. I have a few new pieces in the work that I look forward to sharing with you all in the coming weeks. In this post, I wanted to share another tale…

Now that I have told you a few stories, I’m going to share something much greater and more beautiful than anything you have ever heard before. Hold onto your elephants, the stirring story I will tell you is about Radha Krishna. This proper way to pronounce it is Radha and Krishna; however, because they are just so deeply in love, their names are often combined into one. Incredible. I know. Enjoy!

My drawing of Radha and Krishna under the Banyan Tree; done in ink

Radha and Krishna were one soul, soulmates if you may. When Krishna was young, he would sit under the Banyan Tree and play his flute for the grazing cows. When Krishna played the flute, everyone and everything was put in a trance. All of the women would stop what they were doing, find Krishna, and start dancing around him in his love. Thousands of girls would run up to Krishna while he played the flute, trying to woo him.

He was the best-looking man in the world.  He had monsoon-blue skin, almond-shaped eyes, lotus-pink lips, curly black hair, a chiseled body, and a few peacock feathers in his hair to tie up the look. Krishna was also very naughty. He would flirt back with the girls and fulfill their desires. However, one girl, Radha, truly captivated him.  The whole universe yearned for Krishna but he yearned for Radha.  She was gorgeous, she had the purest heart, and the way she danced when he played the flute put him in a trance.

The problem was that Radha was married.  The worst barrier that could have risen! She tried to submerge any feelings for Krishna and love her husband but it was no use.  Eventually, she accepted her devotion to Krishna. She thought about Krishna every second of the day. However, Krishna was a King and had duties to fulfill so he was never able to marry Radha.

Radha and Krishna’s love wasn’t about being married, it was about being completely connected. They thought about each other every moment of their lives that they became one being in two bodies.  Whenever you hear the flute play or see a dance, Radha and Krishna are there invisibly enjoying themselves, too.  You cannot say Krishna without saying Radha, and you cannot say Radha without thinking of Krishna. Any picture you see of Krishna will never be complete without Radha.  Their love is an undying flame that will continue to burn.

So, as always, if anything that I discussed in this post stands out or if any questions arise please feel free to comment and share your thoughts! I hope you enjoyed this week’s story! Looking forward to next Sunday.


~ Riya


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rachmaninoff rehearsals

This is from my first rehearsal back at school. I will be playing the concerto competition on Jan 26th and need to prepare all of the concerto. This is from the very beginning of the third movement. It is very grand and fast. Honestly playing the theme makes me very nervous. Its a flashy movement but I definitely need to rehearse it a lot more. I came back to Michigan 2 weeks early just to rehearse with my accompanist.

Looking Forward: 2021

Happy Friday, everyone!

I hope you’ve enjoyed a relaxing couple of weeks off. I’m taking the time to soak up this last week with my roommates before the semester starts.

I arrived back in Ann Arbor a couple of days ago and I have to say it feels like a different place than when I moved here three and a half years ago. Businesses have closed down, the movie theaters are still dark, restaurants and bars are limited to take-out-only. When I walk down Main Street, I no longer see lines for concerts at The Ark or jazz at the Blue Llama. And while I would love to sit in Hill Auditorium and see a Gerswhin show, I know that all of this is to protect our community. 

The past semester felt dark, at times, especially being so rooted in performing arts, but this blog has been a shining light. It has allowed me to speak with some incredible people and hear hopeful stories of how the arts are surviving on campus. I’ve been in awe over the creative ways that academic departments, student organizations, and campus resources have adapted to the challenges this year has presented. They have not only found a way to continue their missions amid a global pandemic, but many have addressed students’ mental health and wellbeing as well as critical social justice issues. We have shown up for one another, and that is a beautiful thing. 

This blog is all about looking towards the future, and the new year is all about that prospect. Of course, we know that 2021 is not a fresh start that will magically solve all the world’s problems, but that doesn’t mean that we cannot also recognize the hope that this year brings. So let us hope that 2021 brings us more community, more creativity, and more compassion. I am so looking forward to having new conversations with resources and organizations on campus, and to hearing how students are “looking forward” this year. 

Til’ next week, 


P.S. If you have any suggestions for organizations/people I should interview – please leave me a comment below!