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8 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 30, 1995
C-n-Curieu-r Progr
& Uml.l.yUni.n

Hindu Heritage week ends
with traditional dances

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INFORMATION SESSION
Tuday, February th
8:30 PM
West hLrnnge at Suh Qad

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1995 applications will be available January 30 at the CIC desk,
NCIC desk, SAL, and UMEC!!
For more information contact Jessica at 764-6668 or Mihael
at 9%6-8638Y.
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By Christy Glass
Daily Staff Reporter
The Hindu Students Council cul-
minated its first-ever Hindu Heri-
tage Week Saturday night with a rich
celebration of traditional cultural
dances.
Everyone in attendance at the
Michigan Union's Pendleton Room
-- Hindu or not --was invited to join
in the dancing. Many learned the
dances for the first time.
HSC member Monali Patel, an
LSA sophomore, said she has been
performing the dances since she was
3 years old.
"These traditional dances are a
way for us to get together and social-
ize and to celebrate our religion to-
gether," she said.
But Patel stressed that experi-
ence was not necessary to take an
active part. "These dances are easy;
in the raas there's only five basic
steps, so anyone could learn it," she
said.
The raas, a stick dance performed
with a partner, and the bhangra, a
spirited, acrobatic dance from the re-
gion of Punjab, drew many partici-
pants.
"They were traditionally per-
formed after the harvest to celebrate
the end of the work, they are dances of
joy," said HSC member Sannidh
Amberkar, an LSA junior.
The third dance performed at the
celebration is called the garba, a lively
ritual dance.
"The garba was traditionally a
way of pledging devotion to Lord
Krishna, but it has developed into a
festive dance," Amberkar said.
HSC also sponsored a workshop
Friday to teach all three dances, as
well as Mehndi, the traditional fin-
ger-painting art.
The celebration also included tra-
ditional music by professional musi-
cians from the community.
HSC member Rohit Garg, an LSA
first-year student, said, "The band is
made up of volunteers from the com-
munity who have given their time and
knowledge to teach students part of
the traditional culture that they could
only learn in India or otherparts of the
Hindu world."
HSC members said that Hindu

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The Office of Student Activities and L eadership is proud to announce the 16t
Annual Student Recognition Awards. The Student Recognition Program
students and student organizations for their outstanding accomplishments in co
curricular activities or service to the University and surrounding communio
Awards will be giyen n the following categories: (Thtstandig Studenv I c der
Outstanding Student Organization, Adviser of the Ye r Progra o the Er
Outstanding New Member, and Outstanding New Organzation. he Studen
Alumni Council (SAC) is an additional co-sponsor, and th y will award $50
stipends to five Outstanding Student L eader nominees.
Nomination forms with eligibility requirements can be picked up at variou oa
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Leage Ballroom. Completed nomination forms must be received b
on February 10, 1995
North Campus Commons

JOE WESTRATE/Daily
Rajeshri Gandhi celebrates Hindu Heritage Week by performing a
traditional Hindu dance with the Hindu Students Council Saturday.

Heritage Week was an overall suc-
cess, with more than 275 students and
community members attending the
various events.
"This week went well, I was im-
pressed by the number of people that
came out," said HSC member Naresh
Vyas, an Engineering junior.
"All of the people that were at the
events were really focused," Patel

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ART EXHIBITS
FEBRUARY 1-17
A photographic exhibit by Sharif Razzaque
is hung in the NCC Atrium. Compositions
in light and form are created in color and
black and white.4
FEBRUARY 1-9
The NCC Gallery hosts the work of local
artist Patricia Alting. Her recent works
include watercolors and mixed media reliefs.
WEDNESDAYS IN LEONARDO'S
FEBRUARY 1
Four Hands guitar duo, Jeff Hartshorn and
Michael Varverakis, feature a unique blend
of jazz, folk, classical, space, and Latin
rhythms.

FEBRUARY 2-17
The MU Art Lounge is the site for the
"Body Betrayal" Art and Poetry Contest
sponsored by the Eating Issues Network of
the University of Michigan.
FRIEDAYS IN UOAEDO'S
FEBRUARY 3
Montage will perform at Leonardo's this
week from 8-1Opm, featuring compositions
that blend imaginative vocal lines, warm,
jazzy piano voicings, and masterful guitar
playing with spirited Latin and Brazilian-
influenced percussion.
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COM MON S _
FEBRUARY 1-3'
The Niaga Boutique brings African crafts
and collectibles to the Commons. Here's a
chance to spruce up your residence hall
room, apartment, or office.

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said.
Mihir Meghani, a second-year-
Medical student and a national coor-
dinator of HSC, agreed with Vyas and
Patel.
"We had a balanced "turn out all
week and we also got a wide range of
people at the events," he said. "We
are looking forward to doing this again'
next year."
Ann Aror
mtan stil
missing,
By Josh White
Daily Staff Reporter
After failing to arrive at a Dec.
22. Christmas party, the Ann Arbor
Police Department suspected that
27-year-old Ramesh Venkataraman
had disappeared on his own, and the
AAPD declared him a voluntarily
missing person.
But now more than a month later,
the India native's case remains un-
solved, and police now suspect foul
play.
According to an AAPD statement
released last week, Venkataraman left
work at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and was
headed toward a party at a Holiday
Inn in Sterling Heights. He never ap-
peared at the party and has not been
seen since.
Police describe Venkataraman as
an Indian male, 27 years of age, 5 feet,
11 1/2 inches tall, 145 pounds with
black hair, black eyes and dark com-
plexion. He was last seen wearing
blue jeans and a blue jean jacket with
a yellow logo, "Arizona Jeans Com-
pany," on the back. He drives a me-
dium green 1993 Ford Mustang with
Michigan license plate number DJM-
192.
Anyone with information regard-
ing this case should contact Detective
James Schantz at 994-2880.

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