On the 27th of October, the WSU Indian Students Association hosted approximately 400 people for the annual India Night in the Gladish Cultural and Community Center. It was an evening of entertainment, food, and education on Indian culture and tradition. This evening was special as it happened to coincide with the first night of Diwali– the Hindu Festival of Lights.

The evening began with the National Anthem for both India and the United States. Diya(candles) were lit in a ceremony  by the  ISA faculty advisers, Dr. Susmita Bose and Dr. Amit Bandyopadhyay. Dances- both contemporary and classic were performed, as well as skits and singing throughout the evening.  Dinner consisted of catered food by a restaurant all the way from Kennewick, WA. Vegetarian and non vegetarian appetizers and food like Chana Masala and Tandoori chicken were served. Desert consisted of Kheer(rice pudding) and Gulab Jamun. More performances followed dinner, and then they closed with a raffle drawing for gift cards. What a wonderful night full of culture and joy!

Diya(candle) lighting
Diya Lighting

 

Performers of the Indian National Anthem
Performers of the Indian National Anthem

See more videos of performances on our YouTube channel.

 

dancing

preparing for performance
Dancers and musicians will apply henna(or in this case- Sharpie) to their fingertips to bring more attention to the movement of their hands.

Bollywood D