November is the time of thanks and giving back to our community. It is the time to appreciate what we have and assist those less fortunate than ourselves. Georgetown University embodies just that through its tradition of Rangila every fall, marking its 17th year in 2013. It is “the largest and most popular cultural show on Georgetown’s campus each year,” consisting of a variety of dances from different regions of South Asia. It is brought on annually by the University’s South Asian Society. This year, performances took place on both Friday and Saturday evening of November 22nd and 23rd, attracting over 600 dancers and more than 30 choreographers, the largest body yet!
The show encompasses more than just cultural awareness through South Asian dances. It spreads awareness of cultural issues pertaining to that region, particularly in Jaipur, India. All the proceeds of the event are donated towards the Asha Kendra Hope Centre which is located in the underdeveloped villages of the Himalayan hills in India and Nepal. This area is stricken with severe poverty and the Hope Centre provides an outlet for the children of the region to become educated to further their future prospects.
Two of Professor Czinkota’s researchers participated in the show this year. Alice Lu and Kim Boeckmann, both juniors in the McDonough School of Business, learned traditional Indian dance fused with modern elements in the Classical Fusion performance (as seen in the picture above). It was an experience of a lifetime and both Alice and Kim are looking forward to participating in Senior Bhangra next fall (a performance reserved specifically for the senior class).
To learn more about Rangila or the Asha Kendra Hope Centre visit their respective Facebook websites: