By Elizabeth Welz
Last Friday, April 8, 2016, both Benedictine’s Indian Students Association (ISA) and Hindu Students Association (HSA) hosted their annual India Night. The annual show is a chance for the Benedictine community to come together to watch and perform Indian dances, songs, instruments, and display fashion. The night’s theme was Bajirao Mastani, a daring love story about General Peshwa Baji Rao and his second wife, Mastani.
“Preparing for India Night has been a long and tiresome road. There were a lot of ups and downs, but no matter what, both the ISA and HSA Board only had one goal and that was to make a great show,” said HSA secretary, sophomore Aditya Kapoor.
The night started off with the national anthems from both the United States and India. Shortly after, the HSA demonstrated a prayer entitled, “Jai Ganesha Deva.” The audience was entertained by many forms of dancing including bhangra and raas as well as a performance on the Tabla by HSA president, Harsh Sharma.
During intermission, the audience was treated to Indian food including samosas, pakora, and dhokla. Immediately following intermission, the audience was treated to a fashion show that highlighted various different types of Indian fashion. These included Kurtas, Anarkali, and Sherwani.
“It was amazing to see various different cultures uniting to create a memory,” said India Night attendee, sophomore Aketa Desai.
After the show, attendees that were between the ages of 17 and 27 were able to attend the after party. At this after party, attendees were able to dance to both Indian and American music.
“Performing in it was an even better experience and I am so excited for next year! Thank you to everyone who came and good job to all of those who participated,” said Kapoor.
ISA and HSA’s annual India Night provided the Benedictine community to a peek into the Indian culture and provided attendees with a night of fun.