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Bihu, Pushpanjali and Mango lassi to represent Indian touch at IUPUI International Festival

Balbir Singh | February 20, 2019 03:42 PM

INDIANAPOLIS: Bihu dance from Assam,  an excerpt from Pushpanjali - an invocatory piece in Bharatanatyam dance and mango lassi (a smoothie-like drink) will represent Indian touch at the annual IUPUI International Festival on February 21 at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. from 10:30 a.m-2:30 p.m.
The IUPUI International Festival is a lively event for students, staff, faculty, and community members to celebrate the diversity of cultures at IUPUI and connect to international opportunities and resources, according to IUPUI Office of International Affairs.
DesiJags, performing in the Indian dance style known as Bihu, is slated from 11.30 a.m. Bihu is the state festival of Assam.The Bihu dance is an indigenous folk dance  related to the Bihu festival. Bihu is derived from Sanskrit word "Vishu" . The Bihu festival marks the cycle of farming in Assam (India).
Vidyani Suryadevara will be performing  classical Indian folk dance of Pushpanjali --an offering of flowers to the Indian Gods-  at 12.10 p.m.  
Performance on the Atrium stage will commence by Fall Creek Valley Middle School Mariachi Club at 11 a.m.
Indy Samba (Brazilian dance), traditional Chinese Lion dance, PIE Fulbright Argentina, performing Argentinian songs, Tai Chi demonstration by  Chinese Culture Club, - Jumana Radwan of the Muslim Student Association, song, African Student Association, Afrobeats and Dancehall dance and World Languages and Culture, global poetry reading will be the other attractions of the IUPUI International Festival.
Atrium Stage schedule
11:00 am - Fall Creek Valley Middle School Mariachi Club
11:20 am - Playground Productions, music and dance from around the world
11:30 am - DesiJags, performing in the Indian dance style known as Bihu
11:40 am - Indy Samba, Brazilian dance styles ranging from Samba to Axé
12:00 pm - Indianapolis Chinese Community Center, Inc., traditional Chinese Lion dance
12:10 pm - Vidyani Suryadevara, performing a dance in the classical Indian style of Pushpanjali
12:15 pm - PIE Fulbright Argentina, performing Argentinian songs
12:30 pm - Chinese Culture Club, a Tai Chi demonstration
12:50 pm - Jumana Radwan of the Muslim Student Association, song
1:00 pm - African Student Association, Afrobeats and Dancehall dance group performances
1:15 pm - World Languages and Culture, global poetry reading.
Taste a new favorite food
China: Spicy potato salad, a light, spicy side dish flavored with hot chiles, sesame oil and a touch of sugar, tossed with scallions.
Turkey: Acuka, a dip made from walnuts and goat cheese, served with pita bread.
Middle East/South Asia: Spiced chicken shawarma, which will be served with a yogurt sauce and pita bread.
South Africa: Malva pudding, a sweet dessert made with eggs, sugar, butter, cream and just a touch of apricot.
India: Mango lassi, a smoothie-like drink.

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