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Diwali Night '10

Rahul Maram (president of Yuva), Rajiv Pamidimukkala, Vivek Sama

On the evening of Sunday, November 7, the first ever YUVA Indian cultural event at UNCG celebrated one of the most vibrant and spectacular festivals of India—Diwali, the festival of lights. Diwali is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India. It celebrates the victory of Lord Rama over Evil and his return from his fourteen years of exile in the Hindu tradition.

The celebration, hosted by the YUVA India Student’s Organization, was sponsored in part by the UNCG International Students Association (ISA), the result of a contest of international student organizations who submitted applications to receive a sponsorship from the ISA in order to promote diversity on campus. The other major sponsor of the event was Kronsys Technology Company.


The Diwali night featured various cultural performances, including traditional Indian dances, classical Indian music performances, a comedic skit, fashion show, and a famous Bollywood dance. Dr. Penelope Pynes was invited as the chief guest for the evening. “It was an honor and a treat to be chosen as the chief guest for Diwali night,” said Dr. Pynes. “The Yuva organization did a great job of showing the community the significance of the festival in an enjoyable and interactive way. I hope this will the first celebration of a long tradition.”

Many Indian students came out to take part in the festivities. One of IPC’s staff members, Kavita Gosai, is originally from India. She really enjoyed the Diwali night because, “It was the first time since I’ve been in the US that I really felt like it was Diwali,” she said. “Diwali night was a great celebration to bring together people in the Indian community and share it with others.” Kavita is from the Gujarat state of India and so she also celebrated the Gujarati New Year this weekend, though she missed the fireworks from home. IPC wishes Kavita and other Gujarati students, Saal Mubarak!

On behalf of YUVA, chief guest Dr. Penelope Pynes presents Dr. Promod Pratap with a gift of recognition and thanks

Michael Elliott talks with students during the reception

A student employee at IPC, Deepthi Kurapati, also took part in the Diwali festivities. Originally from the Andhra Pradesh state in India, Deepthi said that Diwali for her is about “meeting friends, which reminds me of my good old days in India. Life is so busy so it’s nice to take time to get together.” Deepthi also said that the Diwali tradition of lighting candles in the darkness “gives us hope that everything will be bright in the future.”

YUVA President Rahul Maram and the organization committee recognized Dr. Promod Pratap, the faculty advisor for their organization, and Michael Elliott, Director of International Students and Scholar Services, for his support.

To learn more about YUVA, click HERE to visit their website.


A musical journey to India

Students line up to partake of the delicious Indian cuisine

Kavita Gosai, Sameera Nalam, Deepthi Kurapati, and Hetal Jetani in their traditional clothing

Spice of Bollywood dance

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Volume 10, Edition 2, October 2010

Volume 10, Edition 1, September 2010

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