Saturday, April 12, 2008

Asha Miro, a Catalan Daughter of the Ganges

photo credits Ganges pic: Anthony Plummer
photo credits Asha pic: Spanish literary magazine
Just finished reading Traces of Sandalwood (Sporen van Sandelhout), a book by Asha Miro and her literary agent Anna Soler-Pont. It is actually Miro's third book dealing with her own adoption and migration, her first two books being Daughter of the Ganges and The Other Face of the Moon.

Asha Miró was born in a little Indian town called Shaha, not far from the holy city of Nasik, at the bank of the Godavari river. She spent the first seven years of her life between Nasik and Mumbai. In 1974 she was adopted by Joseph Miró and Electa Vega in 1974 and became a citizen of Barcelona.

Asha finished her studies in Educational Sciences in the Blanquerna University of Barcelona and studied music and piano in the Municipal Conservatory of Barcelona. From 1989 until 2001 she worked as a music teacher, mainly in the Escola Brasil of Barcelona. Her interest in the world of cooperation led her to work as a volunteer in work-camps in India, Rwanda and Chiapas. She has collaborated in the organization of many solidarity events, peace concerts and conferences with young people from all over the world.

Concerning the international adoption, she has become a leading figure and her presence has been required in congresses, debates, television programmes and courses to train future adoptive parents.

From the year 2000 onwards, she has presented many public events, she has collaborated in many radio programmes and she has been the presenter of AD, a television programme about the advertisiong world from Canal 33, of Líneas in Via Digital Channel and of the weekly programme Filmets which she still presents today.

She also works in the Communication and Promotion department of the Universal Forum of Cultures Barcelona 2004, while she continuosly promotes her first book Daughter of the Ganges. On the last Day Saint George Day, the International Day of the Book, it was the best-selling book in Catalan, and was also a success in Spanish. Daughter of the Ganges has been translated into Dutch, French and Italian. A documentary based on the book has been filmed, and a cartoon TV series which will be called Asha has been inspired by the book.