Jashn is an Urdu word that means “a feast or celebration” in English and is widely used in Indian culture. That celebration will be coming to Happy Valley on Sunday, Jan. 31st at 7 p.m. as the Indian Graduate Student Association (IGSA) will host Jashn 2016, the Annual cultural celebration put on by the association.
IGSA was formed in 2003 with objectives to act as a platform to integrate Indian graduate students and postdoctoral scholars throughout the university, and to behave as a global group at Penn State. In addition to Jashn, the organization hosts other cultural events throughout the year, such as events to encourage participation from all students of the community and to help in showcasing the Indian culture to American and various International Communities at Penn State.
While Jashn is typically held in the fall, this year, due to renovations that took place in Schwab Auditorium, the event was moved to the spring semester.
Jashn will include a showcase of the Indian culture through dance, music, and other forms of entertainment. The event will also feature cultural groups that represent various regions of India.
This year, Jashn will be unlike any of the previous events of its kind. Karan Arora, IGSA’s secretary commented that the event will be a shared celebration of cultures.
“This year we will have a global perspective and get other countries involved in the celebration as well. Not only do we want to show our culture to others, but we want others to share their culture with us.”
Special guests for this year’s event include the Penn State ballet club Volé, Penn State dance group Ghaamudyaz, a Garba group, Penn State de Sher, a Bhangra group and Penn State Fanaa, a South Asian a cappella group.
The celebration, funded by UPAC, will be free to all, and will be held on Sunday, January 31st in Schwab Auditorium at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and those interested in RSVPing for the event on Facebook can do so here.
Check out the promo videos for Jashn 2016:
Photo Credit: IGSA