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HAF’s Year End Gala: Unconventional Paths to Hinduism

December 6, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST

HAF’s Year End Gala:
Unconventional Paths to Hinduism

Date: Sunday, December 6 | Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET | Online, anywhere

We all come to Hinduism in different ways. Many of us are born into it.  Others discover it through unconventional paths. 

On December 6, we present you with exactly that.  Fred Stella was born and raised a Catholic.  Drishti Mae was born and raised a Muslim.  Both found their way to Hinduism through unique journeys.   

Often, those of us born into the tradition overlook the profoundness of its philosophy.  It can take someone who has journeyed from another tradition to remind us of all that Hinduism has to offer us and the world. Join Fred and Drishti for an insightful conversation about how and why they came to Hinduism.

You will also enjoy a spectacular performance by speed painting artist, Vilas Nayak, who will commission two pieces just for HAF.

Fred Stella

Fred Stella is a member of HAF’s National Leadership Council and the Pracharak for the West Michigan Hindu Temple. He began his study of Hindu Dharma at age 15. In his early 30s he took diksha into his particular sampradaya. He was ordained Pracharak of his local mandir, The West Michigan Hindu Temple. Fred is the president of Interfaith Dialogue Association and hosts its weekly radio program on Religion and Spirituality, Common Threads on local NPR affiliate, WGVU-FM.

Drishti Mae

Drishti Mae is the President of the National Hindu Students Forum (UK), the largest Hindu student movement outside of India. Founded 29 years ago, NHSF (UK) is active in almost half of all universities in the UK and reaches over 10,000 students annually through its activities. A graduate of Chemistry from the University of York, and the Unilever Future Leaders’ programme, Drishti now works in technology at Unilever in the UK.

Vilas Nayak

Vilas Nayak is a self-taught artist from India who started painting at the age of 3. A finalist of India’s Got Talent season 3, he is currently one of the most sought after speed painting artists. His performance on Asia’s Got Talent has caught the attention of millions.He has performed at the United Nations General Assembly, Asia’s Got Talent, and the NBA halftime show.


December 6, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Online, Anywhere