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November 18th, 2008
Diwali: The Festival of Lights

The Indian Students Association of Texas State University hosted their annual “Diwali Festival of Lights” this past Saturday at the Alkek Teaching Theatre. The event gave those in attendance an opportunity to eat Indian cuisine, watch famous Indian dances, hear traditional songs, and learn about the history of Diwali, which, according to the ISA “denotes the triumph of good over evil, of light over darkness.” This triumph was represented at the festival by the students hanging strands of lights as decoration from the walls of the theatre.

Members of ISA put together a variety of activities for the festival, giving a glimpse of the Indian culture. Throughout the event different members performed traditional Indian dances as well as upbeat, “remix” dances. The audience became involved in the performances by clapping along to the beat of the music. Also, a video presentation explained the history of the event.

Indian cuisine was prepared and served free of charge to those who attended. Veg pakora, Naan, Paneer tikka masala (vegetable curry), Chicken tikka masala, and vegetable Biryani were a few of the dishes served. A fashion show concluded the evening’s events, with students of the organization modeling both traditional and contemporary culture.

“I think it’s really cool. It’s important to bring culture to campus,” said Lorna Stevens, a student from Texas State who attended the festival. “It broadens their mind and opens people up to diverse cultures.”

The event, free and open to the public, drew in people not only from the university, but from the city as well,” said Srivastav B. Chakravarthy, president of ISA. “This event proves how much support we get from Texas State and the community of San Marcos. We appreciate everyone’s presence here.”

For more information about the Indian Students Association and future events, please go to the website at

by Lindsey Bland

(Photo by Christina Zambrano)

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