The Indian Students Association (ISA) of the University of Illinois, Chicago, paid tributes to the late Yash Chopra at their annual India Night Flame Fair Awards 2013 in Chicago on March 8.
Performing to a sold-out crowd at University of Illinois Forum, the students showcased India’s rich dance mosaic. They mixed folk dances with hit Bollywood numbers and comedy to enthrall the audience. The show also included mainstream hits by American artists.
The India Night, which is dedicated to promoting, and celebrating Indian and South Asian culture on the UIC campus, brought memories of the late Yash Raj Chopra to the audience in the jampacked auditorium.
The main features of the evening included 11 items: Nrutya Kalashree, Brownwashed Part II, Pyaar Mein Twist 3, Freshtacular, Raag N’ Roll, Ministry of Bhangra, UIC Bhangra, ISA Board Dance, Chicago Dhamaal, UIC DangeRaas and Nazaara.
Participants from other universities such as DePaul also performed.
Five emcees for the evening – Sahaj Shah (Dj Mr.Shaw), Jay Shah, Dhruv Patel, Shivam Thakkar and Selwyn Varghese – kept the audience laughing – and sometimes crying with joy – throughout the event.
Slick videos introduced teams before each of them came on stage to perform.
Sunil Shah, the founder president of the FIA (Federation of Indian Associations), Chicago, was recognized for his moral support and sponsorship of the event. His wife Rita Shah was in the audience.
In their vote of thanks, Monika and Axita said, “Thanks to friends and family for coming to the India Night 2013. There are many of you sitting in the audience that helped with tiny details and anything that we needed. Without your support and cooperation this wouldn’t be possible. you all know with every great show, there’s always a team behind it, so thanks to the Forum staff … Mitch, Jose, and Lemont, Board members. Shani and Lisa, ISA ALUM, special shout out to Elegance Decor for beautiful Backdrop, all the sponsors … mention back page of all of our pamphlet and Special shout out to Sunil Shah and Asian Media USA, Pranali Sheth and TV ASIA for Media coverage of India Night 2013.’’
The ISA board includes Lisa Patel (Co-President), Shani Chibber (Co-President), Krishna Modi (Secretary), Axita Patel (Cultural Chair), Monika Sharma (Cultural Chair), Ami Shishodia (Social Chair), Bansri Thakkar (Social Chair), Selwyn Varghese (Publicity Chair), Nikesh Shah (Publicity Chair), Shivam Thakkar (Public Relations), Shivani Patel (Community Outreach), Jay Shah (Webmaster), Parth Shah (Freshman Rep), Neema Patel (Freshman Rep), Jay Patel (Freshman Rep) and Alex Oommen (Treasurer).
The sponsors of the India Night were UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Asian Americans, UIC College of Education, UIC Business, UIC Department of Biological Sciences College of Liberal Arts & Science, KAPLAN Test Prep and Admissions, Chirag K. Patel Subway, UIC Ghareeb Nawaz Express, New York Life Mahendra (Mike ) Patel, Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins – Anita Shah, Elegance Décor Custom Event Decorators, Ann’s Beauty 1Salon, The Bar 10 Doors, Taylor Made Pizza, Francesca’s on Taylor and Vibrations- Sadhana School of Indian Music.