Melting Pot

Melting Pot

Melting Pot shares some human stories from all over the world though conversations with inspiring and interesting people. Despite there being so many diverse cultures, languages, physical appearances, geographical boundaries and locations; there is just one commonality binding us altogether and that is the human story. The commonality between these people is passion or a calling and they have dared to make it their personal reality, by following their dreams, some have tried to introduce unknown aspects of their culture to the world, others have simply made it a way of life and then there are yet others who have made a difference and transformed lives. Payal has been in awe of most of her guests through her podcasting journey so far and she feels humbled at how they have opened up their hearts and shared their life stories with her which she is then able to bring to listeners from all over the world to enjoy, listen, appreciate, absorb and take away from. Become a member at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.


September 21, 2023 40 mins

In episode 11 of our series Performing Perspectives we dive into the captivating world of Zonsiluo Gompah, a multi talented actress, writer, and producer who embarked on a transformative journey from the stages of Buffalo to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and founded Esther Egg Productions in 2014.

With over seven years at CBS Television, running her own production company, casting, and appearing as a background actor, Silo...

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In Episode 10 of our Performing Perspectives series we are in conversation with Akemi Kozu Tosto a film producer, journalist, and CEO of AKT Pictures who believes in crafting stories and creating change.

With over 25 years in film and media, Akemi is a visionary weaving universal tales for the world.

From journalism to executive producing, Akemi's journey embraces diversity, empathy, and the power of storytelling. Stay tuned...

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In episode 6 of our series Performing Perspectives we are in conversation with a gentleman who is Inspiring Greatness, One Dream at a Time. Our guest is Patrick Manifold an author, entrepreneur, and ex-pro athlete originally from England.

Patrick has lived in 7 countries spanning 3 continents while chasing dreams. A basketball prodigy turned academic and athletic All-American, he fulfilled his dreams in U.S.A. and went on to si...

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In episode 5 of Performing Perspectives we unveil the Multi-Talented Visionary Ms. Tonya Davis: Dancer, Producer, Actress, and Mindset Coach.

From a dancing prodigy to Hollywood's behind-the-scenes powerhouse, she's redefining success. With her 'Pursuit of Happiness program, she empowers women to follow their passion fearlessly.

Stay tuned to listen to the episode with our host Payal Nayar as we delve into Ms.Tonya's journey of...

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Performing Perspectives: Is a captivating podcast series that delves deep into the enchanting world of performing arts! Join us as we embark on a thrilling journey through the mesmerizing realms of theater, dance, music, and more.

In this episode we are in conversation with Sarah Elizabeth Charles, the visionary vocalist/composer hailing from Brooklyn, NY. From sharing the stage with jazz legends to performing at prestigious ven...

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In episode 3 of The Performing Perspectives series join us as we dive into the inspiring journey of Felipe Simi, renowned LGBT+ activist, advertising game changer, and founder of SOKO—a creative agency dedicated to inclusivity and purposeful storytelling.

With an impressive career spanning global corporations and local agencies, Felipe has emerged as a beacon of change in the advertising industry. His passion for creating a less...

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In episode 2 of our Performing Perspectives series our host Payal Nayar is in conversation with Vessela Banzourkova, a cinema, photography, and fine arts enthusiast and Stefan Mustafchiev a man who gets things done.

Vessela had always known she wanted to work in the artistic field since she was a child. Vessela tried with many kinds of expression, but it wasn't until she took up a camera that everything clicked, and she soon fell in...

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In our very engaging show Melting Pot we start Season 16 with a new series Performing perspectives. This episode's guest is Kate Golledge a UK based theatre director. She specialises in new musicals and making work with & for young people. She is an Associate Artist of the Singapore Repertory Theatre, for whom she has developed and directed a catalogue of children’s shows over the last ten years, seen by around two hundred thou...

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In our final episode of the Impact of Visual Arts series, our host Payal Nayar is in conversation with Rahul Inamdar, a crossover artist with an MBA and an engineering degree and a 10 years of professional experience in innovation and brand management.

Rahul left his lucrative position as a corporate consultant in 2007 to pursue his passion for painting. Rahul Inamdar is a colour gradient alchemist who does not neatly fit into any ...

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Episode 11 in the Impact of Visual Artists series on Melting Pot we are in conversation with Jivan Hovhannisyan. Born in 1968 in the town of Sisian Republic of Armenia, Jivan Hovhannisyan was a teacher at Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre ( DUCTAC) until 2018 and is presently teaching pencil drawing and oil painting to adults at the Reem Gallery Dubai.

Stay tuned as Jivan shares his experiences and insights on his fine art...

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Episode 10 is a conversation with Maria Montiel an award-winning painter and textile artist from Spain whose work has been shown both domestically and in the United States.

Maria uses her work to express the difficulty of maintaining memories as an immigrant. Montiel’s surreal ecosystems of colour and movement convey stories of lives left behind, “dancing into a new world.” She mostly works on canvas with watercolours and gouache.

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Episode 9 of our series Impact of Visual Arts features a conversation with Cristina Dominguez, a mother of two who works as an educational counsellor and teaches Sumi-e painting. 

Sumi-e, or Japanese ink painting, is the essence of Japanese aesthetics. Sumi-e conveys the everlasting beauty and intricacy of the natural world using just black ink and carefully maintained white space.

Taller Balam is a studio and gallery wh...

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In Episode 8 of Impact of Visual Arts series on Melting Pot we are in conversation with Galina Dimitrova-Dimova an art historian, curator, and cultural project organiser.

Since 2009, Galina has served as co-curator and organiser of the International digital arts festival DA Fest in Sofia. DA Fest is an International festival that introduces Bulgarian audiences to the most recent and exciting artistic practises in the field of di...

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Episode 7 of Impact of Visual Arts series is a conversation with Shuddhabrata Sengupta who is co-founder, along with Monica Narula and Jeebesh Bagchi, of the Raqs Media Collective. Since its inception in 1992, the members of the Collective have worked in a wide range of forms and formats. Raqs has exhibited widely, including at DOCUMENTA, and the Venice, Istanbul, Taipei, Liverpool, Shanghai, Sydney, and Sao Paulo Biennales. Their ...

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Episode 6 of our Impact of Visual Arts series our host Payal Nayar is in conversation with Aashti Miller an architect, illustrator, and graphic designer. She was born and raised in Mumbai and studied Architecture at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She is the sole force behind MillerInk, an illustration, and graphic design studio. In 2023, she was selected for the Forbes 30 under 30 lists for design.

One of Aashti’s most ...

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In episode 5 of Impact of Visual Arts series on Melting Pot we are in conversation with artist Alejandro Seńero.

Born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina Alejandro Seńero's works is a constant search for unconscious beauty, symbolic perception, and the expression of individual and generational experiences.

Stay tuned as he speaks with our host, Payal Nayar, about his artistic process and the evolution of his paintings.

Alejandro S...

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Our conversation in episode 4 of the special series Impact of Visual Arts is with Max Pedreira, a resident of Buenos Aires, Argentina, an artist highly influenced by Impressionism and Expressionism. He has exhibited in various countries like Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Cuba, and the USA. Defining himself as a figurative-abstract painter, he aims his work to reach everyone’s soul and to never be forgotten.

Max tends to impose co...

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In episode 3 of the special Impact of Visual Arts series, Barcelona-based, Colombian Artist, Erika Arias who loves painting with the camera and is an enthusiast of Spiritual and Therapeutic Photography talks to our host Payal Nayar.

Her work is the result of an extensive exploration of the body around its identity. While assessing art as a way of self-expression Erika narrates her journey and her thought process behind every pic...

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In episode 2 of our series Impact of Visual Arts, we are in conversation with Eva Teneva Zaikoff, a visual artist.

Her paintings depict everyday artistic elements that we often miss. With a degree in Graphic Art and printmaking, her art is usually inspired by her surroundings.

Stay tuned as she shares her journey, work, and emotions behind her portraits.

Eva Teneva Zaikoff takes us through her journey as a child who loved colours ...

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We kickstart 2023 with a brand new series Impact Of Visual Arts with the talented Rajae Qarrou a civil engineer and self-expressionist artist based in Barcelona, Rabat, Paris, and Kuwait.

Rajae attended the Barcelona Atelier of Art and the Barcelona Academy of Art after the death of her father, which had a profound impact on her life.

Stay tuned as Rajae discusses her curiosity and spontaneity as an artist on our upcoming e...

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