Glenbard North youth host India Night

Pantheraas performs a dance from the state of Gujarat which uses sticks as props.
Pantheraas performs a dance from the state of Gujarat which uses sticks as props.

CAROL STREAM: Glenbard North High School’s Indian Student Association (ISA) hosted its seventh annual India Night on Feb 27 and 28. One of the largest high school cultural shows in all of Illinois, it took place at Glenbard North High School.

The theme for India Night 2015 was “A Suitable Ladka” which told the story of a mother trying to find the right boy for her daughter to marry. A palpable tension was present throughout the script as tradition and modernity clashed. In the end, however, a beautiful love story emerged that demonstrated that you don’t have to choose one over the other.

The show included various acts, such as singing, dancing, acting and fashion show. Dances included Garba, Bollywood Modern, Bollywood Filmi, Bollywood Oldies, Teacher’s Dance, Boy’s Dance, Fusion, Bharatanatyam/Kathak, Bhangra, Raas, and Final Dance.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the ISA – each year the students continue to impress me more and more with their hard work and dedication,” said Kevin Erday, advisor of the ISA. “This is more than just a student association – it’s a family, and we all love each other and want the show to be a success.”

“ISA not only brings students together, it brings people together. ISA teaches students pride and the confidence to challenge things they originally thought impossible,” said Allyson Feierberg.
“ISA is so much more than just a school organization or a show, it is a family.” said Antonina Benigno. “A Suitable Ladka was a realistic presentation that took the audience to an Indian family’s living room.” said Bob Rajan

“Glenbard North India Night isn’t just the unique cultural show the audience gets to witness; rather, it is the sense of responsibility, dedication, and leadership that each member develops.” said Vivek Patel
“I joined ISA as a medium to make friends and get involved in the school. After 4-5 months of being part of this wonderful organization I didn’t make friends, but found myself a new family,” said Shrey Maheshwari

Glenbard North High School’s Indian Student Association (ISA) consists of more than 150 members. Each of them participated in India Night 2015 in some capacity: singing, dancing, acting, fashion show as well as behind the scenes including props, lighting, sound, costume, etc. ISA has three advisors: Kevin Erday, Antonina Benigno, and Allyson Feierberg. ISA also has a 12-member executive board which includes Priya Patel, Riddhi Soni, Siddhi Soni, Priya Rajan, Bansari Patel, Purva Shah, Sana Abbasi, Sheel Vohra, Karan Mehta, Ohm Shukla, Maria Shenny and Reeva Savani.

India Post News Service

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