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January 3, 2012 > Bay Area students collaborate for cultural charity show

Bay Area students collaborate for cultural charity show

By Nisha Patel, Photos by Sanjeev Manucha

Six Bay Area schools will join with Irvington's IndoPak club to present the third annual cultural charity show, "Dil Se," at Irvington High School. The event primary purpose is to provide a night of cultural entertainment and raise funds for a South Asian charity. In addition to Irvington students, the show will feature performers from Amador Valley High School, Cupertino High School, Evergreen Valley High School, Kennedy High School, and Monta Vista High School.

The show includes energetic Bollywood dances, traditional Bhangra and Raas performances along with classical music and fusion teams. In addition dances, Dil Se's opening act will feature the national anthems of both India and Pakistan, sung by all singers in the show. This performance will emphasize the goal of the IndoPak Club, peaceful collaboration of both parties.

"Dil Se," translates as "from the heart" and incorporates the many facets of South Asian culture in a night of true entertainment. Irvington junior Praveena Motupalli will be performing traditional Karnatic vocals accompanied by Irvington sophomore Mariam Syeda-Quadri on the tabla, South Asian style "drums." Solo singing acts will be performed by Arjun Lakshmipathy, Naeha Lakshmanan, Surina Gulati, Sukhmani Kaur, Mary Weeber, Puukaninoeaualoha Tiwanak, Ashwathi Sreekumar, Navneet Kaur, and Gina Wang. The show will include school dance teams from each school including Irvington: Sitaare; Irvington: Lachak; Irvington: Bhangra Crew; Amador: Bhangra; Cupertino: Andaaz; Cupertino: Dhamaka; Evergreen: Junoon; Kennedy: Dhoom; Monta Vista: Raas and Monta Vista: Bhangra.

"I think Dil Se honors the culture of Irvington students and families and presents a showcase that blends the American youth and the Indian, Pakistani, Nepali, etc. cultures of the families to which students were born and raised with," said IndoPak's Club Advisor Rebecca Devakumar. "Not only does Dil Se appeal to community members, but the act of finding a charity and a cause to support really connects the outside world and those less fortunate with the Fremont community."

In addition to a showcase of talent, Dil Se includes a fashion show that includes 50 Irvington students. Students will walk across the stage displaying beautiful "desi" clothing styles from different regions of India and Pakistan.

This year, funds from ticket sales and sponsorships will be donated to a charity known as "Project Rishi." The charity's main purpose is to "bring education and healthcare where it is needed most." Moreover, they provide financial and volunteer support to sites in rural Maharashtra, India, including remote villages and a leprosy colony. The sites provide basic necessities such as education, health care, nutrition, and clean water.

Dil Se will be held on Saturday, January 7 at Irvington High School's Valhalla Theatre from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $10 presale, $12 at the door and also available online at http://indopak.ticketleap.com/dilse/. Snacks and drinks will be for sale at intermission. It's going to be the cultural show of the year, and an event you are not going to want to miss; six local high schools in an amazing performance for one profound cause.

Dil Se
Saturday, Jan 7
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Irvington High School
Valhalla Theatre
41800 Blacow Rd., Fremont
http://indopak.ticketleap.com/dilse/
Tickets: $10 presale, $12 at the door

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