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About

Satrang serves the South Asian LGBTQ community by promoting awareness, acceptance, and empowerment through social, educational, and advocacy-related events. We envision an inclusive and visible community in which South Asian LGBTQ-identified people feel whole and heard.

Board Co Chairs

Committee Members

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Ankit Chachada

Ankit (he/him/his) was born and raised in Nagpur, India and moved to SoCal in 2015 to pursue his Masters. He likes to cook, meditate, hangout with friends, go to the beach, walk and drink chai at midnight. His first satrang event was Ghazal night in Dec 2021, and feels warm and welcoming whenever he is among his Satrang community. He will serve as a Committee Member. 

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Ishani Chokshi

Ishani (she/her) is an artist, lawyer, and androgynous trans woman from Chicago. She is obsessed with using art and community to bring out the truths of queer and trans people of color - and she's excited to contribute to Los Angeles' LGBTQ+ South Asian community.

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Priti Sharma

CEO of a large Digital Company and a proud mom of a Gay son, Priti wants to help other parents in the South Asian Community love and understand their children. Her goal is to use Satrang’s platform to further family ties and help to create more visibility of accepting parents. 

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Priya Arora

Priya (She/her/they/them) is a lifelong Angeleno, who is returning to the city and Satrang after eight years in New York. Priya holds a Master's degree in mental health counseling, and works as a journalist during the day. As a former SALGA NYC board member and the host of the podcast Queering Desi, Priya is dedicated to uplifting the narratives of the South Asian LGBTQIA+ communities.

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Christopher Nikhil Bowen

Born in Kolkata, Christopher Nikhil Bowen (He/him) enjoys mixing with LGBTQ+ Desi’s from across SoCal and sharing stories of similar life experiences.

Bowen’s inaugural event with SoCal Satrang was our Annual Gala at Spice Affair in 2017. He hopes to create more dynamic events that attract new members; while meaningfully engaging longstanding ones through even stronger organizational communication and outreach.

Bowen lives in West Hollywood with his husband Danny Ariel Carrasquilla and their two dogs.

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Alya Ali

Alya (She/her) is passionate about creating a safe space for folks across the spectrum of the South Asian LGBTQ community. She is an advocate for mental health and enjoys cooking food for loved ones!

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Nathan Singh

Nathan Singh (He/him/his) is a first-generation Indo-Fijian American.  As a proud LA theatre artist and storyteller, his work is informed by and infused with themes of otherness, queerness, and cultural diasporas. He actively practices self-care, kindness, and is attempting to heal the wounds of generational trauma. Nathan is constantly inspired by the Satrang community.

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Misha Hassan

Misha (they/she/he) is from Lahore, Pakistan and has been in Los Angeles for the last 4 and a half years. They believe in the power of community deeply as well as advocating for safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ South Asians. Misha works as a family and community coordinator at an education nonprofit during the day and is also a screenwriter who seeks to tell stories which center the narratives of South Asian women, non binary people and queer folk. Whether it’s a script, their current work in education spaces or a stand up comedy set, Misha hopes to infuse their experiences and voice into everything they do. 

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Saadiq Malik

Saadiq Malik (they/them) is a first generation Pakistani who moved from Chicago to California a few years ago. They are an optometrist who focuses on community health and health equity. They have years of LGBTQ+ organizing experience and are passionate about fostering safe spaces for queer south asian folks of all genders and ages. Outside of their scrubs they are a drag king and producer who works to bring more south asian representation to the drag scene. They enjoy cooking, pottery, Bollywood movies and karaoke.  

Our Mission

Satrang is committed to equal opportunity for all persons. No one shall be treated differently, separately, or have any action that directly affects the individual be taken on the basis of race, religion, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability.

Our Mission
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Our Vision

Satrang serves the South Asian LGBTQ community by promoting awareness, acceptance, and empowerment through social, educational, and advocacy-related events. We envision an inclusive and visible community in which South Asian LGBTQ-identified people feel whole and heard.

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