South Asian Women (SAW) of Bryn Mawr presented Rangotsav, or "Festival of Color," the 7th annual SAW culture show, in Thomas Great Hall on November 18. The Great Hall was decorated with the flags of South Asian nations – even Athena wore a sari! The event of dancing, singing and recitation, began with a slide show of images from South Asian nations, from the traditional to pop culture, that were compiled by Sonal Kapoor ’01 and accompanied by a soundtrack of instrumental music and singing. The event closed with a choreographed fashion show of clothing from the classical to modern.
In January, SAW raised more than $1,000 to send to the areas of India
devastated by the January 26 earthquake. At its November culture show, the
group sold raffle tickets to help Calgary Eye Hospital in Jaipur, India
perform free cataract operations for the poor. In December, SAW also sold
holiday cards and raised money for VSEI, an American charity that helps
children and educational projects in India.
Anjali Alimchandani ’01, Monica Bhanote ’04, Uma Jagtiani ’02, Sonal Kapoor ’01, Neema Saran ’04 and Prerna Srivastava ’04 perform Dholi Tao Dhol Baje, a folk dance in the Garba style, often performed in large groups on festive occasions in the state of Gujarat. It is most often characterized by graceful movements, jumping and clapping performed in a circle to rhythmic drum beats and song.
Shrooti Singh ’03 dances "Bumbro" from the movie "Mission Kashmir." The dance celebrates the adornment and teasing of women during wedding festivities.
Anjali Alimchandani ’01 and Sonal Kapoor ’01 perform a traditional Radha and Krishna scene.
Prerna Srivastava ’04 performs "Dheem Ta Dare," a modern Bharathanatyam rendition from the film, "Thakshak."
Snehal Niak ’03 reads "No Shadow Fell," a story she wrote about the trauma caused to a child by the abuse inflicted on his mother by a man he has never known to be his father.
Mahnoor Ahmed ’03, one of three performers of a dance put to a medley of music by two great South Asian artists, Nusrat Fathel Ali Khan and A. R. Rahman.
Vidya Ramachandran ’01 performs "Anantha Cuthadinar," in Bharathanatyam, a classical dance form of South India. This piece is a about Shiva (Nataraja), the Lord of Dance. His dance symbolizes the cosmic energy in the universe, which destroys, creates and sustains.
Anjali Alimchandani ’01 performs a dance whose movements were inspired primarily by Kuchipudi, an Indian classical dance form.
Banner art by Mishayl Naek ’03.
Photos by Jan T. Trembley ’75
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