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Release: Nov. 16, 2000

UI India Student Association to host Diwali 2000 celebration

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The India Student Association (ISA) at the University of Iowa will host its annual Diwali celebration at the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. The festival is an all-encompassing event that includes dinner, cultural music, folk dancing, and theatrical performances.

Tickets are available at the IMU box office for $10, and the event is open to the public. The program starts with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the cultural program at 8 p.m. The night will be capped off with dancing from 10-11 p.m.

ISA leaders said they would like the celebration to bring together all types of people and cultures. The folk-dancing part of the celebration is a fusion of western and eastern styles in an attempt to encompass many types of culture.

"This event is meant as a showcase of Indian culture to other people. You name the country and you name the ethnicity and those people will be there," said Yogesh Karikurve, ISA vice president of cultural affairs.

Last year, about 900 people of different backgrounds attended the event.

The Diwali festival, meaning festival of lights, symbolizes the defeat of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. The festival's story comes from the Ramayan Hindu Epic where the god of good triumphed over the god of evil. The citizens of India celebrate the event every year with lights and fireworks.

More information about the Diwali celebration can be found on the Web at http://www.uiowa.edu/~isa or by contacting Karikurve at (319) 354-5163.