India Nite festivities are a growing affair

Event features colorful dance and music from India
Friday, October 29, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:25 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

The 13th annual India Nite festivities Saturday will probably feature the usual — classical Indian dance and music and applause so wild that the emcees ask the audience to settle down.

India Nite has grown over the years to include 100 Indian performers from MU and Columbia and far more audience members. Last year, MU’s Jesse Auditorium was nearly full for the performance.

“One reason the auditorium is packed is because we have alumni coming for the event from all different states,” said Parmesh Venkateswaran, president of MU’s Cultural Association of India, the organization responsible for India Nite.

“It started 13 years ago, with a small group of Indians displaying the diverse Indian culture to a relatively small yet diverse audience at the university,” Venkateswaran said. “It went from that to being included in the calendar of events of the university.”

He called the event “a portrait of the various cultures, languages and religions of India blending together to produce a colorful and festive occasion.”

“October and November are festive months back home in India, and India Nite to an extent kind of makes up for what we miss at home,” Venkateswaran said.

India Nite begins at 7 p.m. Saturday in Jesse Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.