The Norman Transcript

Local news

November 9, 2013

OU India Student Association hosts Diwali Nite

NORMAN — Audience members were dazzled by the color and beauty of the culture of India on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the University of Oklahoma India Student Association’s Diwali Nite “Rangoli”. The national anthem of India filled the auditorium of the Reynolds Performing Arts Center and audience members shouted a closing “jaya he!”

To kick off the event Dhanya Dharma Rajan, India Student Association president, introduced ISA advisor, Dr. Sridhar Radhakrishnan who said he had been to 24 Diwali celebrations.

“Ever year I look forward to this night,” Radhakrishnan said.

Diwali Nite is a festival of lights that traditionally symbolizes the victory of good over evil and rebirth. Dr. Rebecca Cruise, OU assistant professor of International and Area Studies and who was honored at the event, said the night would provide attendees with more insight into India culture.

“We will see the differences but we will also see the similarities...using light and candles as a way to celebrate rebirth is very universal. Let’s recognize our similarities though this celebration,” Cruise said.

With dance, song, skits and even trivia, the night was truly a celebration of India. The first dance of the night was the mesmerizing “Diya Dance,” which involved nine dancers clad in bright orange and red dancing with small tea candles. Next performers acted out a skit called “Modern Day Ramayan” which was followed by a “Shailla Fushion Dance” performed by three giggling, smiling little girls, Sudhiksha Sasikumar, Ananya Iyengar and Akshara Sakthivel.

A tribute to Govinda, a famous Indian actor, came next followed by a few more modern Indian dance performances and a singing performance of “Where’s the Party Tonight?” After a classical dance by Debaroti Ghosh, the evening concluded with a big group Tollywood performance, which is a part of India cinema similar to Bollywood, called “Randaka”.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • City manager calls Moore strong while addressing Chamber

    MOORE — Moore’s City Manager Steve Eddy could have quoted Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Eddy, with help from Mayor Glenn Lewis, reported on Tuesday on the State of the City to the Moore Chamber of ...

    July 23, 2014

  • walmart City leaders say ‘yes’ to Wal-Mart supercenter postponement

    Despite complaints that a postponement request was in the eleventh hour, a zoning change in east Norman was put on hold Tuesday night. The proposal to rezone property at Cedar Lane Road between 24th Avenue Southeast and Highway 77 ...

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Solar cars 7 Solar cars use Norman area during pit stop

    Flat, low to the ground with reflective panels and bright colors, these moving vehicles look more like cartoon spaceships than solar race cars. But these funny looking cars represent exactly what the American Solar Challenge (ASC) ...

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Motorcyclist injured in collision

    A motorcyclist was injured in a collision Tuesday night in Norman....

    July 23, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Monday: · 1:37 a.m. stolen vehicle, 2100 block of West Brooks Street · 6:27 a.m. larceny report, 200 block of Driftwood Drive · 8:58 a.m. harassment or threats report, 1200 ...

    July 23, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Linda Marquez, 36, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, driving a motor vehicle under the influence of ...

    July 23, 2014

  • Leaving the scene of an accident

    A Norman woman was charged Tuesday with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury over the weekend in Moore. Linda Marquez, 36, also faces a misdemeanor charge of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. ...

    July 23, 2014

  • Norman firefighter performs Heimlich maneuver on Moore man after he chokes on food

    What started out as a normal night out for a Moore couple ended with them being thankful a firefighter was in the right place at the right time....

    July 22, 2014

  • 18-year-old killed; 72-year-old man, young boy injured

    Those involved in the wreck Friday near 136th Avenue and South Sooner Road were identified Monday by Oklahoma City police. Logan Rosado-Santoni, 18, was pronounced dead on the scene after the 4:30 p.m. multi-vehicle wreck. Two others were ...

    July 22, 2014

  • New AP program to begin in Norman

    NORMAN — Norman Public Schools Board of Education learned about Advanced Placement Capstone at a regular board meeting Monday....

    July 22, 2014