This week UW is showing its Indian pride.  With over 700 international students on campus—and a large percentage of those coming from India—you can get a taste of India without ever having to leave town.  The two main events of this week include a Bollywood Movie Night and a Bollywood Dance and Dandiya Night.  All events are free and open to the public.  Previous dances on hosted by international students are rumored to be some of the most fun and enthusiastic on campus, so don’t miss this one!

The first event, the Bollywood Movie Night, will be this Wednesday evening at 7:30pm in the Union Family Room.  Bollywood movies are traditionally a bit longer than Hollywood movies, so plan to stay until about 10:30pm.   The movie playing is “Chak De! India”, which is a mainstream Bollywood film about field hockey.  The movie also has social undertones, as it  looks at the religious pressures and gender issues.  This film has won numerous awards, such as the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Proving Wholesome Entertainment (so make sure you bring the kids!).

The second event, the Bollywood Dance and Dandiya Night, has two parts.  The first part is from 5-6pm in the Union Ballroom.  There will be workshops on several Indian favorites, such as how to wear Indian dress, how to play cricket (one of their favorite sports), Bollywood dancing and singing, and henna tattoos!  There will also be tasty appetizers for attendees.  The second part of the evening, starting at 6pm, is the Dance and Dandiya Night.  Mudra Dance School will be giving a workshop on how to dance Dandiya, an Indian folk dance.  The following hour (starting at 7pm) will begin the dance party.

Head over to the Union for a quick trip to India!