Tag Archives: India

WesMalai Auditions

An invitation from Kavya Padmanabhan ’18:

Come try out to be part of Wesleyan’s one and only women’s Bollywood dance team – WesMalai!
Auditions will be held on Sunday, Oct 11th in Fayerweather 108! We will be holding two SEPARATE audition times: 2-3pm and 3-4pm. You should only attend ONE timeslot. Come ready to move those fabulous hips!

Date: Sunday, October 11th
Time: Either 2:00pm – 3:00pm OR 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Place: Fayerweather, room 108
Facebook: Event page here

Alarmél Valli

The Navaratri Festival continues! The CFA invites you to enjoy some excellent Indian dancing and music:

Internationally acclaimed Indian dancer and choreographer Alarmél Valli turns the traditional Bharatanatyam style into subtle, deeply internalized, personal dance poetry in her Connecticut debut at the conclusion of the 39th annual Navaratri Festival.

Date: Sunday, October 11th
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Place: Crowell Concert Hall (CFA)
Cost: $18 general public; $15 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students

The MINDS Foundation Interest Meeting

MINDS-Lotus3From Jenn Cummings ’16:

The MINDS Foundation is a non-profit started by Wes alumni that promotes a grassroots approach to mental health and neurological disorders in rural India. We believe that mental illness is not just US issue- it is a global issue.

Come by if you want to work with the chapter on campus this semester! We’ll be planning fundraising events and events to promote awareness on campus. We’ll also be discussing our next issue of Headspace, an interdisciplinary journal that looks at mental health issues through a diverse array of artistic and scientific media.

There will be chai and/or baked goods.

Date: Sunday, September 21 — today!
Time: 7-8 PM
Place: Albritton 107
Website: http://www.mindsfoundation.org/

Discussion Panel: Perspectives on Education

Romil Sharma ’16 invites you to a discussion:

A panel discussion on education and social mobility in India and other developing countries.
William Pinch, Professor of History
Indira Karamcheti, Associate Professor of American Studies
Anthony Keats, Assistant Professor of Economics
Samosas, Pakoras, and Mango Lassi will be served.
Sponsored by IIMPACT

Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Place: PAC, rm. 002

Welcome Home Kirtan

Stomp for Miriam Kudler-Flam ’15:

Chanting, singing, feet stomping, pots and pans drumming, humming, shouting, bumping, jumping kirtan joy. Come one come all and bring yo friends!

Traditionally, kirtan is a form of call and response chanting that originated in India. We sing traditional chants but also pretty much anything/everything else.

This semester, we’ll be gathering every Wednesday at 8:30 pm.

Date: Tomorrow, January 30
Time: 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Place: BuHo, Meditation Room
Cost: Free

IIMPACT India Info Session

From Shayoni Nair ’13:

We are a new student group that is dedicated to providing education to young girls of economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds in rural India. Learn how you can help establish a Wesleyan-sponsored school and improve the hygiene standards for students and their families.

Date: Sunday, September 23
Time: 5 pm
Place: Usdan B25 (multi-purpose room in basement)

Photos: Holi Comes to Foss

Holi, the Indian Festival of Color, arrived on Foss last Friday for what looks to me like a technicolor Woodstock of bodypainting and smiles. Scroll on for a handful of photos from the event courtesy of Nico Vitti ’12, Jeffrey Price ’13, and Kaitlin DeWilde ’13 (in that order). This post in no way offers comment on the related Usdan flier incident—just a glimpse at the event itself, which shouldn’t go uncelebrated on this blog.

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HOLI: The Indian Festival of Color @ Foss

Katherine Yagle ’12, critically acclaimed Executive Editor of the Argus and founding manager of Yagle’s Bagles, had a dream that there would be HOLI at Wesleyan. Tomorrow, on Foss, it gets real:

Get down. Get drunk drenched. Get dirty.

It’s HOLI, the Indian Festival of Color, and it’s time to celebrate. Put on your cleanest whites and come to Foss prepared to get rainbow-fied.

Shakti is providing the color powder and the jams. All you need to bring is yourself, your friends, and maybe a water gun.

  • $5 gets you a t-shirt and 2 bags of colored powder (for sale in Usdan the week of Holi)
  • If we run out of t-shirts wear your own white shirt to the event and get one bag free.
  • Every additional bag is $1.

Date: Friday, April 27
Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Place: Hoss Fill
Cost: Free
Yagle’s Bagels: Bacefook Facebook

Transforming Education in Rural India


This broadcast is brought to you by Alex Pogosky ’13:

IMPACT India is a new group on campus that is collaborating with an established NGO in New Delhi to help provide education to girls of economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds in rural India, who would not otherwise have such opportunities. Our mission is to fund a Wesleyan-sponsored school that will increase access to primary education for girls between the ages of 6 and 14. We’re also trying to create curricula targeting their personal needs. This will encourage them to become independent thinkers in an intellectually stimulating environment, which will ultimately aid in transforming these communities.

Our first meeting is on Thursday so come on by to hear what we’re hoping to do and share your own ideas! We’re open to any suggestions, and will have yummy Indian desserts!

Date: Thurs., April 19
Time: 7-8PM
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 115
Cost: Free

MINDS Foundation Summer Fellowship Program

Great minds think alike, but great MINDS explore volunteering positions in India. Raghu Appasani ’12 has got the details to put you in a Delhi State of MINDS this summer:

Interested in Volunteering in India this Summer? The MINDS Foundation is now accepting applications for its Summer Fellowship Program. There will be 3 separate programs running in June, July, and August. This summer, you can have the chance to implement an art therapy program, or a mental health education program for children in rural India. Have your own research proposal or program in mind? Contact us. We would love to hear from you.

The Fellowship has already received numerous applicants from other institutions, so make sure to apply by February 19th to get into the first round: send your resume and application to Lennox Byer ’12 at lennoxbyer(at)mindsfoundation(dot)org.

E-mail Raghu Appasani ’12 at rappasani(at)mindsfoundation(dot)org with any questions you may have. Here’s the application.