Philadelphia — Penn Dental Medicine’s Indian Student Dental Association (ISDA) provided a glimpse into Indian culture with the its fourth annual Diwali Night, presented November 18 at the Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, on Penn’s campus. ISDA, which was formed in 2008, has grown into one of Penn Dental Medicine’s most active student groups and Diwali Night one of its most popular events.
This year’s event drew more than 200 guests, including students, faculty, and members of the community at large. Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is one of India’s most joyous celebrations with Diwali festivities lasting five days. Many legends surround the significance of Diwali, but all of them ultimately symbolize the triumph of good over evil.
Along with an Indian meal, the Penn Dental Medicine Diwali Night program included a candle lighting ceremony and music and dance by student groups from across Penn. Performances were presented by Atma, Penn’s all-female, South Asian fusion a capella group; Penn Masti, Penn’s first co-ed South Asian fusion dance team; PENNaach, an all-female South Asian fusion dance troupe; Dhamaka, Penn’s first and only all-male dance troupe that combines western and South Asian styles; Penn Hype, a co-ed South Asian fusion dance group with members of different nationalities; and Brown Sugar, Penn Dental Medicine’s co-ed Indian fusion dance troupe the performs a combination of western and South Asian dance.
“ISDA would like to personally thank everyone who attended the show, the performers, and of course, our generous sponsors. The show would not have been possible without everyone’s hard work and dedication,” says Asha Patel, a member of the ISDA Board.
The event sponsors included Academy of General Dentistry, EDIC, Colgate, Phillips Sonicare, Oral B, Shanti Yoga Shala, Orascoptic, Henry Schein, City Tap House, Triodent, Young Dental Lab, P&G, and LexiComp.
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