After recent developments in the coronavirus pandemic, Daya will be postponing the 2020 Gala to Saturday, September 12, 2020.


We are proud to partner with Revention Music Center, Masraff's, Tanya Selvaratnam, and Anish Shah to bring you an evening of inspiration this Fall. All table and ticket purchases will be honored on the new date. We are committed to working together to contain this epidemic and resume our normal lives as soon as possible.


We look forward to seeing you September 12.


 Gule (Komal) Andrabi  & Tina Chadha


Aparna Asthana, Shree Hardikar Nath & Annu Rao Naik 

DAYA'S Board of Directors


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Saturday, September 12, 2020
5:00 PM Social Hour
 6:00 PM Program & Dinner

Revention Music Center

520 Texas Ave / Houston, TX 77002

Dinner by


Author & Activist

Tanya Selvaratnam

Born in Sri Lanka and raised in Long Beach, CA, Tanya Selvaratnam is an award -winning activist, writer and producer. When Tanya met her then partner, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, they fell quickly and effortlessly in love—fueling each other’s growing ambitions. But their power dynamic soon took a dark turn.




Master of Ceremonies and Comic

Anish Shah

After getting an MBA from Yale and spending five years working up the corporate ladder at the management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, Anish Shah wandered into a comedy club open mic, told some jokes, and set off on a career in comedy. Since then, Anish has done stand up all over the word, filmed two specials, and performed at over 100 colleges and corporations across the globe.  Most recently, he was one of 6 people selected, out of thousands, for NBC's Late Night Writer's Workshop and was also a writer on the CBS Diversity Showcase. Anish also recently headlined the 50-city tour, "American Indiot" performing at UC Berkeley, University of Texas, and NYU. His long-running show at Carolines on Broadway, "International Incident," has been selected multiple times for the prestigious New York Comedy Festival. Anish has also starred in commercials for Lufthansa, Allstate, Dropbox, and Marriott. As an actor, he has also played the lead in an independent film while performing in numerous plays and musicals. With so much going on, it’s no wonder DesiClub named Anish one the 50 Coolest South Asians in the world.



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We can make no assumptions. Abuse can happen to anyone – any background, religion, education level, or socioeconomic status. Our community is not immune. 

For over two decades, Daya has empowered South Asian survivors of abuse with culturally specific services and inspired our community to end the cycle of violence. Each year, Daya empowers over 400 survivors with counseling, case management, and financial assistance to address their mental health, safety, legal, and housing needs. Alongside funding from government grants and local foundations, your support is critical in ensuring that no survivor falls through the cracks because of barriers such as language, culture, or immigration status.