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January 28, 2011 > A cultural show "from the heart"

A cultural show "from the heart"

Irvington's Indo-Pak hosts their annual charity show- "Dil Se"

By Rajeswari Ramanathan
Photos By Nimerta Burmhi

With six schools participating from around the Bay Area, Irvington students are hosting a cultural event, Dil Se, to raise funds for a charity. Irvington High School Indo-Pak Club is holding their second annual charity show, as they collaborate with six high schools from around the Bay Area, including Amador Valley High School, Evergreen Valley High School, Independence High School, Kennedy High School, and Monte Vista High School.

Dil Se, meaning "from the heart," will feature Indian dances, vocal singing, and instrumental performances from students at Irvington and the other schools. In addition to dances, Irvington's first "a capella" group, Sexy Pitches, comprised of 17 students, will be singing their first Indian piece, involving the show's thematic Hindi song, Dil Se.

The group's co-director senior Katie Lee said, "It's been an interesting experience trying to get an arrangement together, especially since we work without sheet music and since half of the group doesn't know Hindi."

The show combines both energetic film music and classical Indian rhythms. Irvington's junior Karthik Balakrishnan will be playing Sarasijanabha, an Indian classical song, on the violin, while Mariam Quadri will be hitting up beats with the tabla, Indian-style drums. Irvington singers will go both solo and in duets. All the school groups including, Amador Bhangra, Evergreen Junoon, Independence Jalwa, Irvington Sitaare, Kennedy Bollywood, and Monta Vista Bhangra, will be performing dance mixes covering several types of Indian dances including classical, Bhangra, and Bollywood.

"The most satisfying part of the show is seeing all these students come together to perform for a beautiful, cultural show," said Indo-Pak co-president senior Ankita Roy. "All the hard work they put into showcasing their talents is simply amazing."

In addition to show-casing talent, the show will also have an Indian fashion show, with students wearing clothes of various styles and from different regions of India. Indo-Pak's goal is to show the diversity and enthusiasm of the students through the fashion show.

Funds from the show will be donated to the Sammaan Foundation, and according to their website, the organization's "aim is to link the socio-economically most descendant class with the main stream by empowering them through training, capacity building, education and financial support." Sammaan, which means "recognition to all" in Hindi, works to better the lives of rickshaw operators and to organize the system.

The Dil Se program will be on Saturday, January 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., in the Valhalla Theater of Irvington High School. The first 99 tickets are priced at $10, and after that, the price is $11. For people buying tickets at the event, the cost is $12. Snacks and drinks will be sold during intermission. To buy tickets online, go to

Indo-Pak "Dil Se" Variety Fundraiser
Saturday, January 29
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Irvington High School
41800 Blacow Rd., Fremont
To purchase in advance, visit:

Advance tickets $10/$11
Event tickets "at the door" $12

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