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HAF’s first virtual gala: This Dharmic Life

June 5, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5

What does This Dharmic Life demand of us? Our dharma demands us to fight for racial justice. In support of the fight against racism, HAF will donate a portion of the proceeds raised at Friday’s gala to the NAACP.

Join us for an inspiring dialogue between HAF’s Executive Director Suhag Shukla, Esq., and business leader, Grammy-nominated recording artist, and humanitarian Chandrika Tandon on the dharmic values that inspire them to serve.

Enjoy Leela Dance Collective‘s sensational kathak-tap collaboration performance.

And hear from former US Presidential Candidate, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, about how Hinduism has shaped her career and life of service.

A generous supporter has offered to match up to $100,000 of the gala proceeds. You can help us receive the entire match by making a pre-gala donation today.

Date: Friday, June 5, 2020 | Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm ET | Where: Online, the comfort of your own home.


Chandrika Tandon

Chandrika Tandon is a business leader, Grammy-nominated artist and humanitarian. Ms. Tandon chairs her advisory firm, Tandon Capital Associates, focusing on measurable transformation of institutions to excellence. Additionally, she chairs the Krishnamurthy Tandon Foundation, which supports women, education and the arts, and Soul Chants Music. Ms. Tandon’s album, Soul Call, topped world music charts, garnering great acclaim and earning a Grammy nomination. At New York University, she is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the President’s Global Council, and Chair of the Board of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She serves on the Boards of the NYU Stern School of Business and the NYU Langone Health System.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard was the first Hindu American and female combat veteran to ever run for president and the first Hindu American ever elected to the US Congress. She served for seven years on the Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, and Homeland Security Committees, where she earned bipartisan respect as an independent thinker and experienced policymaker on national security issues. Tulsi has been a fierce champion for protecting our environment, from ensuring clean water and air for generations to come to investing in infrastructure and a green energy economy.  She has also advocated for healthcare for all, civil liberties and privacy, support for small businesses, criminal justice reform, and sustainable agriculture, amongst other things. Her vision for America and the world is a Dharmic one — one in which there is real peace, where people have time to pursue happiness rather than being forced to work constantly, and where strong communities care for each other and the planet.  And her approach gleaned from the Bhagavad Gita’s call for service above self.

Suhag Shukla, Esq.

Suhag Shukla, Esq. is HAF Executive Director and a co-founder of the Foundation. Ms. Shukla has helped steer the Foundation to being recognized as a leading voice for civil rights, human rights, and religious freedom. She is actively involved with Chinmaya Mission, serves on the board of the Bhutanese American Organization of Philadelphia, and is a thought partner for the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia’s Paths to Understanding Public Art Initiative. Shukla is a member of the board for the National Museum of American Religion and serves on religious advisory committees for the Council on Foreign Relations, the Humane Society of the United States, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Subcommittee for the Prevention of Targeted Violence Against Faith–Based Communities and is a member of the First Amendment Center’s Committee on Religious Liberty and the United Nations Women’s Gender Equality and Religion platform. Shukla was named one of twelve “faith leaders to watch in 2017” by the Center for American Progress.

Dance Performance

Leela Dance Collective

The Leela Dance Collective was founded in 2016 by Rina Mehta, Rachna Nivas and Seibi Lee, senior disciples of legendary kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das, along with leading kathak performers Sarah Morelli and Shefali Jain. It is the only one of its kind Indian-American dance company that brings together leading kathak artists from around the world representing a multitude of voices to articulate a clairvoyant vision for kathak. The collective is distinguished by an artistic practice that centers around collaboration and collective creativity and a body of work that is at once grounded in tradition and boldly innovative. On June 5th, Leela Dance Collective will perform the sensational kathak-tap collaboration, SPEAK, featuring kathak artists Rina Mehta and Rachna Nivas with tap artists Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia.

Thanks to Our Major Sponsors!

Ahimsa “Be Non-Harming” level

Dr. Rajiv and Priya Pandit,

Anand Vihar c/o Santosh & Ami Govindaraju

Satya “Be Truthful” level

Mantra Exclusives c/o Vijay and Abha Narang


June 5, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Online, Anywhere