Annual Dallas Gala Dinner, Jan. 27 - This event is sold out!

Start off 2018 with a BIG TEXAS-SIZED BANG at HAF's Annual Dallas Gala!

Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Place: Noah's Las Colinas, 6101 Campus Cir Dr E, Irving TX 75063

General Admission (age 10+): $50
Children (9 and under): $25
Table of 10: $500, Reserved seating available for table purchases only
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Local contacts: Krishna ParmarRajiv Pandit 

Keynote Speaker

Shalini Kantayya, recently directed an episode for the National Geographic series Breakthrough. Broadcast June 2017 with Executive Producer Ron Howard, the series profiles trailblazing scientists who will transform our future. Her debut feature film, Catching the Sun, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick. The film released globally on Netflix on Earth Day 2016 with Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio, and was nominated for the Environmental Media Association Award for Best Documentary. Kantayya finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on Fox’s On the Lot, a show by Steven Spielberg in search of Hollywood’s next great director. A William J. Fulbright Scholar, Kantayya is a Sundance Documentary Film Fellow, a TED Fellow, and a finalist for the ABC Disney | DGA Directing Program.

HAF Speakers

Samir Kalra, Esq., Senior Director and Senior Human Rights Fellow based in the Bay Area, CA, holds a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law. Mr. Kalra leads the Foundation's human rights advocacy efforts and has served as a panelist at the National Press Club and multiple Congressional briefings on human rights and religious freedom in South Asia. In January 2013, Mr. Kalra conducted a one week human rights fact finding mission at refugee camps in Jodhpur, India that house Pakistani Hindu refugees. He authored the Foreword for a book on Bangladesh entitled A Quiet Case of Ethnic Cleansing: The Murder of Bangladesh's Hindus. Mr. Kalra authored formal comments to the FBI's Advisory Policy Board to support the addition of an anti-Hindu hate crime category to the FBI's data collection program, and he submitted on the record testimony to a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing in 2012 on "Hate Crimes and the Threat of Domestic Extremism." He serves as a member of Rep. Eric Swalwell's (D-CA) Immigration Advisory Committee and is a member of the American Society of International Law and the South Asian Bar Association. He is also an Advisor/Contributor at The Interfaith Observer Journal and is involved with the Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project. 

Rajiv Pandit, M.D. is a board-certified head and neck surgeon, who serves as Clinical Instructor in the Dept. of Surgery at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, while practicing full-time at Dallas ENT – Head & Neck Surgery Center. He is also the director of the Dallas Sinus Institute.  A native of Kashmir, Dr. Pandit has been active in the leadership of various organizations that advocate for Hindus, and specifically the Hindus of Kashmir. He is the co-founder of HAF’s Dallas chapter, and his current focus is empowerment through education, specifically textbook reform and interfaith dialogue.

 

Krishna Parmar, Associate Director of Membership, is based in Dallas, TX. She has a B.A. in Advertising from Southern Methodist University. Krishna works closely with HAF members and volunteers to help coordinate and plan community events across the country. She is also responsible for member communication and development of HAF’s membership base. Krishna is active in Chinmaya Mission and teaches yoga.