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Jhalak Gives a Glimpse of South Asia

Jhalak is a Hindu word meaning “glimpse.”

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 after-party.

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

south 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,, or Shivani Khatau ’08,

3/27/08   By Eric Sean Weld
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