23rd Annual India Nite Held at Missouri Theatre

Danielle Katz – MUTV 23 News Staff Writer

The MU Cultural Association of India (CAI) showcased its 23rd Annual India Nite, a cultural extravaganza of performances ranging from Indian folk dance to a soulful Bollywood rock band.

“We try to get together some of those components and try to showcase them. There are a lot of Indians right in Columbia and they miss the culture and stuff that they used to have in India, so we try to put them together to show them and feel the same thing that they’ve been missing for years,” said Anup Mishra, CAI president.

The CAI is 57 years old, making it one of the oldest organizations on campus. Some performers and audience members also came from Jefferson City to share and experience their culture showcased by this tradition.

The event, co-sponsored by the CAI, MU Organization Resource Group, and the office of the Vice Provost for International Programs, had over 100 performers in the show.  Most of the performers were children of various ages or MU students.

The program began with the singing of the Indian and American national anthems and had 16 additional dancing or musical acts with a wide variety of themes relating to Indian culture. The Missouri Theatre was packed with a spirited audience that clapped along with almost most of the performances.

“This brings a flavor of India to the people of America and also unites all the Indian people here. It’s really awesome having such a unity here on a foreign soil. We have made this place our home, and we would like to celebrate that,” said Amit Ramaakula, CAI historian.

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