‘Chai and Chat’ raises funds for South Asian locals

December 29, 2013 

Seeta Arundhati, left, and Elora Dash perform an Indian classical dance at the Chai and Chat event to benefit Kiran.

COURTESY OF SUDHA SHREENIWAS

A group of teens from Chapel Hill and Cary organized a “Chai and Chat” event this fall to benefit Kiran, a Triangle-based nonprofit that provides legal aid, counseling, emergency housing and more to people with South Asian ties facing crisis situations.

Seeta Arundhati and Elora Dash, students of Pani Dance Academy in Chapel Hill, performed an Odissi-style Indian classical dance titled “Tejasee: the Radiant Woman” at the September event. Anusha Agarwal, Rohan Dash, Divya Juneja, Sonali Kathuria, Rabina Sawhney and Simrann Wadhwa solicited fund and food donations, organized child care, moved furniture and helped organize the event.

Chai and Chat raised nearly $3,000 for Kiran.

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