| Jennifer Cutinha | Photo by: RIKKERT HARINK

Diwali: the festival of lights

Diwali, also commonly known as the festival of lights, is one of the largest and most important festivals in India. It celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. To mark this auspicious day, a Diwali night was held on Friday at the UT. This event, organized by the Indian Student Association, featured cultural performances showcased in Vrijhof and a DJ night in Bastille.

The traditional lighting of the ‘diya’ or the lamp inaugurated the start of the event.

The dance performances included dances to songs such as Nagada Sang Dhol, Kamariya and Morni Banke which are typical of the northern and western states of Punjab and Gujarat respectively. Additionally, a classical fusion was also performed which was a combination of the classical dances, Bharatanatyam and Kathak to a western mix of songs, namely, Symphony and Shape of you.

The event also highlighted the vocal performances of the songs Roobaro, Jab koi baat and 500 miles which engaged the crowd in singing along. To mark the end of the cultural performances, prizes were distributed to all the performers.

The food displayed a variety catering to the needs of vegetarians and non-vegetarians. This included Samosa, Roti, Veg Biryani, Butter Chicken/ Paneer, Chole and Gulab Jamun.