For Immediate Release

Raksha, Trikone Chai House to discuss gender roles in Bollywood Cinema


Monday, March 22, Atlanta -- Raksha and Trikone Atlanta will host a Chai House to discuss the portrayal of gender roles and limitations of the Bollywood image on March 27 at the Five Spot on Euclid Avenue in Little Five Points from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The idea for the Chai House came about when four South Asians - Deepali Gokhale, Sangita Chari, Sunita Patel and Aditya Kar -- met to explore the myth of the Model Minority in early 2001. The group started exploring the idea and met a few more times and eventually decided to host a discussion group involving the community.

The first Raksha-Trikone Chai House was held in April 2001 and was met with overwhelming support from the South Asian community. The audience at the inaugural discussion suggested that it be continued and the Chai House series was born.

More Chai Houses were held over the last two years and the subjects discussed ranged from inter-racial and inter-religious relationships to issues of sexual orientation and exploring the divide between the African-American community and the South Asian community.

The success of the series led to the birth of an online discussion group called RakshaRap and a feature in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published in February 2002 that discussed the initial Chai House topic of the South Asian community confronting the "Model Minority" stereotype.

Three more Chai Houses are being planned for 2004. The dates have not yet been finalized.

Who: Raksha and Trikone-Atlanta

What: Chai House | "Rekha versus Reality: The portrayal of gender roles and limitations of the Bollywood image"

When: Saturday, March 27

Where: The Five Spot located at 1123 Euclid Avenue

Time: 4 to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free

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