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Indian cultural evening

Posted on: 27th April 2016

Surval organised an Indian Cultural Night on the 20th April. It was a scintillating evening. The table decorations were entirely done by the Liberal Arts class, who study etiquette, flower arranging and table decoration as part of their course.  Shreya took the lead and writes ‘This was the first time I had been given such a challenging responsibility and I thoroughly enjoyed it’. The dining room was with colourful resplendent wall hangings, table mats and the napkins looked beautiful.  The colour theme for the night was orange, red and pink, representing India’s colours. The programme began at 18.30. Everyone was excited and eagerly waiting for it to start in the library. Pooja and Shreya as the representative Indian girls at Surval, dressed up in traditional Indian clothes:  Shreya wore an orange-yellow anarkali and Pooja was wearing a blue sari. They started with a short presentation on Indian culture where they talked about Indian dining etiquette, greetings, traditions, and variety of food and clothing. ‘We were both very proud to represent our country in a foreign land’. Everyone clapped once the presentation had finished. After that Shreya presented a short classical dance to convey the significance of dance and music in India. She danced to a song called 'Aaja Nachle' which means 'Let's Dance' and while dancing she could see everyone taking videos on their phones. After this everyone moved to the dining room for the Indian dinner. The food looked sumptuous and mouth-watering. The staff were very friendly and enthusiastic. The chef had organised a plethora of Indian dishes, ranging from Chapati, Daal, Aloo Gobi and Papad as main course and Gulab Jamun, Kheer, Rabdi and Katli for dessert. It was a lot of fun teaching everyone how to eat with their hands as is the culture and custom in India. Though we were in Switzerland, the atmosphere created was very much of India and the girls were delighted to see their colleagues and teachers being inquisitive about Indian culture. It was a memorable evening, something that will leave an indelible mark in everyone's mind for many years to come.

India has and always will have a rich cultural heritage. At Surval we love to celebrate the rich variety of culture amongst the students: thank you to Shreya and Pooja for sharing theirs.

Jai Hind!

Shreya talks about the planning and preparation for the Indian evening:

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