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Dalapati 1 Arghaya Dalapati Professor Farley English 1102 December 6 th , 2009 Diwali Show – Kiran In Sanskrit the word Kiran refers to the magnificent rays which expand from the sun. This year, the United India Student Alliance decided to celebrate the Hindu New Year (Diwali) through various performances in the Georgia World Congress Center. The organization decided to name the performance Kiran – A ray of light, since Diwali is considered to be one of the colorful and important events in Hindu philosophy, because it essentially gives an individual a chance to start a new beginning every year. The event was a collection of different dances, done by college students all throughout the state of Georgia. Friends and peers from Mercer, UGA, Emory and obviously Georgia Tech competed to show their skills off to the public in dances ranging from traditional Raas and bhangra to modern day hip-hop.
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Dalapati 2 The main dances which were performed at the event come from 5 basic disciplines of Raas (Image on Left), Bollywood, Traditional Classical, Modern Hip-hop and Bhangra. Raas is the traditional folk dance of western India, in which the dancers coordinate their movements in synchronization with the beast they create with the sticks in their hands. It was originally established as a religious ritual of sacrifice or simply to please the gods, but modern day dancing has turned it into something of purely entertainment rather than a religious symbol. Bollywood dancing (Image to the right) is the type of dancing one see’s in movies such as Slumdog Millionaire and the other million movies in the Bollywood industry, which gives way to the name Bollywood dancing. Bollywood dancing was primarily founded as a mean to entertain, so through the ages nothing has really changed, its main purpose is still to entertain. Traditional Classical dancing is the most intense and hardest dancing skill to master, simply because it takes an individual almost 20 years to master just the basics. Individuals at the ripe age of 7 or 8 are given to a guru who essentially teaches them everything they have acquired through their life. They receive recognition from national institutions in India once accomplishing their studies at approximately at the age of 20 or 21, some even take longer. Modern hip-hop is incorporated in many of these dances simple to create a more entertaining
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