Diwali is the Indian Festival of Lights and is a celebration of the defeat of evil and the triumph of good. Indians throughout the world celebrate Diwali with great enthusiasm. Diwali is one of India’s most important festivals and brings together all Indians, irrespective of their region or religion.
At University of Wisconsin – Madison, the Indian Graduate Students Association has been organizing Diwali Night with the support of students as well as non-students. Diwali night is one of the biggest cultural shows organized by an international students’ organization in UW-Madison. It presents a unique opportunity for the students and people of Madison to experience Indian culture. This event is eagerly awaited by students of various ethnicities to learn and display their creative talents in Indian music and dance.
Diwali Night brings together not only the Indian community, but also non-Indians and gives them an opportunity to experience the richness and diversity of Indian culture.
Various Indian art forms are showcased on the same platform, thereby signifying
unity in diversity. Pamphlets and email invitations, sent out as a part of this
event, carry information about the significance of the festival and help audience understand the cultural value of the day.
IGSA’s Diwali Night brings a festive air to Madison, uniting Indians in Madison and showcasing Diwali and Indian culture to the Madison community at large.The event also has performances from the non-student community, such as a kids’ performance which is always excitedly anticipated by the audience.
This year, Diwali Night is at the Overture Center on November 11th at 7:00pm. The event is free and the event is open to all.
Written by Anjali Gola, Indian Graduate Students Association