On Friday October 30, Indian Cultural Experience or ICE co sponsored by Office of International Students Services and Office of Global Learning hosted Tyohaar, which means festival in Hindi. The event celebrated Diwali, festival of light, and Navarti,dance festival over nine nights. It was held at the Rothman Center from 7:30 pm to 11 pm.
ICE has been celebrating Diwali since 2005 at FDU. The president of ICE, Raj, made the opening words welcoming and thanking everyone for coming and being part of this grand event. He said, Diwali is the festival of light. We celebrate with firecrackers and giving gifts to everyone. We can not do that here but we can at least celebrate and share this special time. The hall was decorated with lightening of yellow as a theme to present the color of candle flame used in Diwali celebrations.
There were different sets of performances to amuse the audience.
Neha opened the night by reciting a prayer in Sanskrit. Shistata followed by
singing Raabta. Before she sang, Shistata said, I am not from India. I am from
Nepal, so I might not be great at this song but I will try my best. Mahesh then
performed a dance on a fast paced Indian song.
Afterwards the stage was rocked by several
medley solo dances by Tanveer and Veneela. Hari followed them with a tribute to
the famous Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan. The audience described his dance
moves to be professional and breath taking.