For this week’s blog post, we are delighted to welcome a special contribution to our blog, straight from the heart of the Organizing Committee for the recent Indian Cultural Week. Cultural weeks are a real highlight of our MBA calendar, as they allow both students and staff to get a real feel for another culture and make friends from all around the world, all whilst having fun and eating delicious food! Take it away!
A splash of color, a flash of light, a sprinkle of glitter and a pinch of ‘wow’: HEC Paris’ Indian Cultural Week 2013 had it all.
Organized by the Indian community at HEC Paris MBA, together with Student Services, the two‐day festival was an unparalleled success.
The event kicked off on 27th November with a screening of the Bollywood hit 3 Idiots. 3 Idiots is one of the most Indian films ever, focussing on the strengths and weaknesses of the Indian education system; something that many of us have experienced. It was so heartening to see so many non‐Indians in the audience, enjoying the movie and the selection of tasty Indian snacks – including crowd-favourites such as Samosas and Pakoras - that were served during the interval.
The next day was the grand event, and saw many cultural performances by the students of the September 2013 intake, performing for a star-studded audience made up of the Associate Dean of HEC Paris Bernard Garrette, members of the administration and faculty members, as well as students from all levels of the HEC Paris community.
The evening began with a mesmerizing Kathak performance by Apeksha Deval, followed by a spellbinding rendition of Bollywood and Bengali songs by Promiti Prosun.
Together, these two performances had the entire audience hooked and ready for the celebrations ahead. The Indian Cultural Week Fashion Show is always a highlight, and this year it was made even more special as the majority participants were non‐Indian, and the show itself was a kaleidoscope of color and razzmatazz. The participants greatly enjoyed themselves, getting dressed up and learning how to tie a traditional sari whilst also learning how to work the catwalk.
The evening ended with a sumptuous Indian dinner in the MBA building and an all‐night party playing popular Bollywood dance numbers.
The curtains may have fallen on Indian Cultural Week 2013, but those present will cherish the memories forever!
Photos courtesy of Jijo Varkey John