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India Night offers cultural experience

October 31, 2013

 

Gaurav Parekh, Association of Indian Students president, plays the tabla. - Photo by Devin Dronett

Gaurav Parekh, Association of Indian Students president, plays the tabla. – Photo by Devin Dronett

IAN EDWARDS
Staff Reporter

 

The Student Center was filled with laughter, song and dance last Saturday as the Association of Indian students held their annual India Night program. This year’s theme: Diwali, the Festival of Lights.

 

Gaurav Parekh, president of the Association of Indian Students, said the event was comprised of many aspects of Indian culture.

 

“The whole event was a cultural event depicting the Indian culture,” said Parekh, who is pursuing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering. “It comprised of Indian cultural music, dance, and you can also see people wearing cultural clothes.”

 

Parekh said in order to put on the program, much preparation was needed from everyone in the organization.

 

Abdul Shaik, left, and Udaya Murthy, right, present the Indian flag. - Photo by Devin Dronett

Abdul Shaik, left, and Udaya Murthy, right, present the Indian flag. – Photo by Devin Dronett

“It took us about two to three weeks of preparation before we were ready to present,” he said. “That’s why we held it this month; instead of April like it was last year. The preparation committee formed late this year, so we had to delay it until the fall.”

 

Parekh also said that new events were added to this year’s program.

 

“We made some changes to the events, such as adding the fusion dance and band,” he said. “Those were new acts for us, and we were proud with the way they turned out.”

 

Shravan Rakesh, a member of the organization, said the theme of Diwali fit well with the season.

 

“It takes place on Nov. 3,” Rakesh said. “We thought the timing of this event couldn’t have been more perfect.”

 

While many events may have a typical punch made of 7-Up and Kool-Aid, it is unlikely one of their ingredients would be rose petals said Rakesh about the punch.

 

Rakesh said the drink of the night was a traditional Indian recipe.

 

“Our drink tonight is called ‘rose milk,’ ” he said. “It’s actually made with rose petals that have been boiled and churned, and are then mixed with milk and sugar. It’s very healthy for you.”

 

Many people, performers and audience members alike, wore various cultural outfits.

 

Hruday, one of the hosts of the night, said that his attire was a traditional outfit for an Indian male.

 

“I am in a special attire called ‘dhoti,’ ” Hruday, a freshman computer science major, said. “Mine, in particular, is special style of south-Indian dhoti. Most of the traditional people wear this, and I am proud to wear it and represent my culture.”

 

Hruday said he felt the night was a success, and was happy to see a good turnout.

 

“We are very glad to have the relationships we have with the Tech students and community,” he said.

 

Rakesh said he was pleased with the outcome of the event.

 

“I feel as though we’ve made the event a success,” he said. “Our goal was to take our culture and our festival and share them with our American friends we’ve met during our time here at Tech. I feel like we did just that.”

 

Email comments to ije001@latech.edu.

 

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