International Cultural Night 2009

International  Culture Night: One Night Where the World Unites

I attended the 26th annual International Culture Night last night in the Satellite Student Union.  The audience was treated to a cornucopia of dances from many different cultures.   We saw fantastic performances from both student and professional dance troupes representing the countries of Africa, China, Egypt, India, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico and Polynesia. 

My favorite performances were done by the Tanjora Tribal Belly Dance Troupe, the Indian Student Club, and the Polynesian Club of Fresno. It was exciting to see the costumes, and hear the music and watch the dances.  I especially enjoyed the fashion show of designs from different countries featuring both men and women.  My favorite was the Indian wedding outfit—I like sparkle and both the lady and gentlemen’s outfits were very elegant and glamorous.  Kudos to the International Culture Night Committee and all the hard work that went into planning this wonderful event!

International Coffee Hour: Colombia

When:  October 27, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Where:  USU
Presenter:  Juan Felipe Fallego-Calderon

International Coffee Hour: Sri Lanka

When:  November 03, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Where:  Library Studio2
Presenter:  David Rasiah

International Coffee Hour: South Korea

When: October 13, 2009 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Where: USU
Presenter:  Yong Beom Kwon

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International Coffee Hour: Turkey

When:  October 06, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Where:  USU
Presenter:  Hacer Tercanli

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International Coffee Hour: Iran

When:  September 29, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Where:  USU
Presenter:  Vahideh Rasekhi

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Indian Student Club :Garba Rass Event

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‘Garba Rass’, an event hosted by the Indian Student Club on October 4, 2009 was a celebration of the Indian festival ‘Navaratri’. It was fun filled evening with dance, music, food, exciting prizes and much more. The event was amazing to watch and more exhilarating to be a part of!

The event started at 7 pm at 4918 N 9th street, Parkwood Recreation centre. The hall was decorated with dupattas (scarfs) and beautiful paintings all around the wall. The Organizers tried to combine our ancient culture with modern Navratri. The Emcee first introduced the new committee members to the audience and then everybody introduced themselves. Then special Indian food from the most renowned Indian restaurant was served. The special gulab-jamun (sweet item) added the flavor to food and crowd enjoyed it.

Finally the emcee announced “Let’s do it” and thus it began, the garba practice. To the uninitiated, garba is a Guajarati folk dance performed during the festival of Navratri. Men and women dance in a circle around a lamp or statue of goddess Amba. It was precisely this art form which our crowd was trying to master.

The group then began. The DJ was rocking with excellent typical garba songs. At first, the group was unsynchronized and there was much hilarity. But soon, under emcee’s guidance, the dancing became more graceful. The ease with which the participants picked up difficult steps was astonishing. They performed a lot of different steps while dancing. At the end, the kind of coordination and mastery which was on display was simply unbelievable. Men and women in traditional colorful dresses danced to their fullest enjoying every moment of the festival on Sunday. Not only Indians but many Americans as well as guests danced and enjoyed to their fullest!

At the end, the emcee announced a future event such as Diwali Night and everyone was excited about it. To sum it up, Garba Raas was a mesmerizing event to watch as well as to participate in.