Group spices up Asian event with new lineup

With an all-new lineup and fresh activities, this year’s Experience India will be an event to remember, said the organization’s president.

What makes this year’s event different from previous ones is that other countries like Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh will also be represented in the celebration, said DJ Perera, president of Students for Asian-Indian Culture Awareness.

“Everyone involved is not necessarily Asian, so that’s the beautiful part of it,” Perera said. “From the music, to how the food is served, there’s just a wide representation.”

Experience India is an annual event where students can enjoy traditional Indian food, song, and fashion. This year, however, SAICA has incorporated several other South Asian cultures in hopes to add more flavor, Perera said.

Even the variety of food will be different from that of years past, Perera said.

“It’s not going to be the same menu people are accustomed to,” he said.

Aside from the cuisine, activities like Bollywood performances, regional dancing and henna tattoos will give students a taste of South Asian culture, SAICA treasurer Rovina D’Souza said.

Experience India
Dinner: 7 p.m. Friday
Performances: 8:15 p.m.
Location: Moudy 141N
Admission: $5 for SAICA members, $8 for non-members
Tickets will be available at the door but spacing is limited.

Perera said SAICA’s culturally diverse board has allowed it to put together an event that students will not soon forget.

D’Souza said she wants students to not only have a great time but also to leave the event feeling more culturally aware.

“We sometimes feel there isn’t much awareness about South Asia and that there are a lot of stereotypes,” D’Souza said. “We want to bring
about TCU’s mission statement and make sure you know something about the different cultures that you didn’t know before.”

The Experience India dinner starts at 7 p.m. in Moudy Building North 141, while performances are scheduled to begin at 8:15 p.m. Admission is $5 for SAICA members and $8 for non-members. Perera said tickets will be available at the door but because of Experience India’s popularity, he strongly suggests purchasing a ticket as soon as possible. SAICA members will be selling tickets outside of the Mary Couts Burnett Library and on Sadler Hall lawn on Friday afternoon.