Yesterday, the Indian Graduate Student Association held their annual cultural event, Jashn, which was a beautiful assortment of performances that highlighted the South Asian culture. The event definitely brought a touch of India to all of those in attendance in Schwab Auditorium.
While I was in the audience, I personally loved every minute of the event. As for the performances, everything from the opening cultural dance pair to the Penn State Fanaa, a South Asian a Capella group, (which did an amazing job blending American songs like, Power Trip by J. Cole and With You by Chris Brown, with traditionally cultural pieces) was executed exceptionally well. Jashn was amazing experience that really allowed me to learn about their own personal past times. I loved how the performances were almost seamless, presented one after another.
With me being from Northern VA and growing up around a plethora of different cultures, Jashn was the perfect event for me because it allowed me to see different sides of the South Asian culture I never got to see with my friends that are South Asian. I think my favorite performance was the fourth act, the tabla solo. His drumming was not only mind blowing but his speaking parts were great as well.
Last night was definitely a memorable experience. I was not only mesmerized by the performances, but also by everyone’s beautiful cultural clothing. They were these gorgeous vibrant colors with all of the decorative pieces. That small detail alone added to the overall experience.
If you didn’t get the chance to make it out to the event this year, be sure to stop by some of IGSA’s other events or Jashn next year. You definitely won’t regret it!
Also, be sure to check out the gallery from last night’s festivities!