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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 25, 2005

Indian Cultural Association To Hold Dance Competition March 5

The University of Iowa Indian Cultural Association (ICA) will hold its annual dance competition, Nachte Rahon, starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 5 on the main floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City.

The competition will feature college and dance teams from around the country vying for a grand prize of $1,000 and a second-place prize of $500.

Admission to the event is $12, which includes a delicious Indian dinner catered by Taj Mahal Restaurant of Cedar Rapids.

A portion of all ticket sales will go to Amritapuri, a charity in India, earmarked for tsunami relief (see http://www.amritapuri.org/tsunami/tsunami.php for more information). In addition, 10 percent of all sponsorship proceeds will be donated to the Reganti Orphan Education Trust of India (email db1@satyam.net.in for more information.)

Since its inception in 2002, the ICA has become one of the fastest growing organizations in the UI's history. Its mission is to present a platform for students to interact and share the joy of the Indian culture and heritage as well as promoting the awareness of cultural diversity.

Nachte Rahon, ICA's main event, has become nationally recognized since its launch in 2003. In 2005 the event won the UI Catalyst Award for Best Student Organization Program for demonstrating university diversity initiatives.

For more information, contact ICA Publicity Officer Monica Verma at monica-verma@uiowa.edu, or by phone at 319-335-3876.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Monica Verma, monica-verma@uiowa.edu, 319-335-3876; Writer: Stephen Pradarelli