Gives a Glimpse of South Asia
Jhalak is a Hindu word
On Friday, March 28, the Smith community will have a chance
to get a glimpse of south Asian culture during the annual
Jhalak at Smith, a celebration featuring a show, dinner and
The event, which is coordinated
by Ekta, the South Asian Students’ Association, will
begin with a feast of south Asian dishes, at 5:30 p.m.
in Scott Gym. Mutter paneer (peas and a special cheese),
chicken karma and warm golab jamun (a sweet donut in syrup)
will be on the menu. There will also be vegetarian and
vegan options to accompany the ample helpings of rice and
naan. The dinner costs $5.
With the theme “True Life: I’m South Asian,” Ekta
will present a variety show following the dinner, from 7
to 9 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage, of traditional
Asian dance, Bollywood-style numbers by students from Smith
and other area colleges, poetry readings and songs. Admission
to the show is $3.
Tickets for the dinner and show are available for $6 in
the Campus Center before the event.
“This event is a way for
Ekta members to share south Asian culture with the Smith
community,” says Laila
Plamondon, an Ekta member, who is helping coordinate the
event. “This sharing takes place on several levels:
we perform but we also love to get non-south Asians involved.”
For the first time this year,
the Jhalak celebration will also include a party following
the show, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Scott Gym. Admission
to the party is free.
For more Jhalak information,
contact Sriya Sharbojoya ’08,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Shivani Khatau ’08, email@example.com.