By Suresh Bodiwala
CHICAGO: Over 1,000 spectators. 250 participants. 17 board members. One fantastic show.
That is how the Indian Student Association (ISA) at UIC wowed Chicago with the best college cultural show ever seen: India Night 2014: Kollege Na Milegi Dobara (You Only Live College Once) here this week.
Chicago’s largest undergraduate South Asian show featured a variety of acts to showcase the diversity of India. The show was centered on the importance of living each and every moment of college to its fullest. The emcees, Parth Shah, Jay Patel, and Xavier Thyvelikakath, took the audience on a journey through four years of college memories. Four weeks before graduation, Parth loses all his memories of college after being the victim of a car accident. As the show progresses, Jay and Xavier attempt to remind Parth of all the good times before graduation.
To relive the college experience, this was the first year that India Night displayed all four class dances. Since they will be graduating this year, the seniors were the inspiration for this year’s show.
Mesmerizing the audience, the highlight of India Night 2014 was MOD: Ministry of Dhazaara, a group of men from various nationally competitive Chicago dance groups. These men came together to rock the stage one last time. Each member of the audience was stunned by the amount of precision, grace, and fluidity of their moves. They definitely left a lasting impression and made one last great college memory. The show was closed by UIC Dangeraas, who placed at multiple competitions throughout the season, taking home 1st place at Dandia Dhamaka and is headed to Raas Nationals. Every dance group performed their finest on the stage, decorated by Elegance Decor, leaving the audience with a truly jaw-dropping experience.
ISA at UIC would like to thank everyone who was a part of making India Night 2014 a success. UIC’s chapter of Aahana, an organization that supports the education of disabled children and impoverished women, was able to make $1000 from donations throughout the show. ISA Board, whose names are presented below, encourages everyone one to come back next year to make more unforgettable memories. After all, “you only live college once.”
Who are on ISA Board at UIC:
Ami Shishodia-President; Parth Shah-Vice President; Nikesh Shah-Treasurer; Krishna Modi-Secretary; Monika Sharma-Cultural Chair; Axita Patel-Cultural Chair; Sonya Patel-Cultural Chair; Jay Patel-Social Chair; Neema Patel-Social Chair; Shivam Thakkar-Public Relations; Selwyn Varghese-Publicity Chair; Shivani Patel-Philanthropy Chair; Upesh Desai-Webmaster; Punit Soni-Design Chair; Viveka Patel-Freshman Rep; Aayush Shah-Freshman Rep; Parth Patel-Freshman Rep.
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