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For many South Asian women, the Western model of intervention does not work," says KIRAN's website, a fledgling non-profit founded in the Triangle to help South Asian communities in North Carolina deal with domestic violence. "They often come from backgrounds very different than what is standard for the U.S. Ideas of family, authority, independence, and disclosure can be very different. Because of these differences, these women have a variety of cultural, personal, and institutional barriers that must be overcome." This Saturday, Nov. 8, KIRAN will sponsor a Bollywood Night Fundraiser at Ringside, to raise money for their services. The 9 p.m. event will feature four floors of live music, henna painting, belly dancing, South Asian snacks and deejayed turntables. DJ Mogambo promises to spin everything from the kitschy scores of Bombay's prolific film industry (known as "Bollywood") to India's hip underground electronica. Meanwhile, local band Project Mastana will perform their global mix of Indian roots and pop with Western influences. Proceeds from your $10 admission benefit victims of domestic violence through KIRAN's services. KIRAN's 24-hour confidential hotline (1-866-KIRAN-INC) now offers culturally sensitive information in over 16 languages to women from countries like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma and Nepal. Prospective volunteers will find more information about KIRAN at their website (

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