Indian Culture at Home


Rena Laverty

Navratri Garba

ASA hosting two events during October to promote food pantry

by Christian Hollis, Editor-in-Chief

The Asian Student Association (ASA) is hosting two major events during October to celebrate Indian culture and diversity at Schoolcraft College. Both events serve as a fundraiser for the Schoolcraft Food Pantry, which gives the opportunity for students in need to fill out an in-take form. Once filled out, students are able to utilize the food pantry twice a month and fill two bags of non-perishable food items. Generous students, faculty and community members may donate canned foods directly to the pantry by coming to the Student Activities Office or stations spread around campus.
“I hope people will come forward themselves to help (Schoolcraft) for the good job you are doing,” said V.B. Bajaj, father of ASA adviser Anna Maheshwari in a handwritten letter to the college. “I hope other colleges will follow you.”
Navaratri Garba
Navaratri Garba returns on Oct. 12 from 7 p.m. to midnight in the Diponio room of the VisTaTech Center. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Student Activities Office for $15 or $20 at the door with children five years and under welcome for free. Advanced tickets will be waiting for attendants at the event in an envelope.
Navaratri is the nine nights of celebration of the Harvest season and Hindu goddess Durga. Durga is the destroyer of all evil and has eight hands holding different weapons. Garba is a form of dance in the Indian culture. The combining of Navaratri Garba translates to nine-night festival.
Attendants will be provided entertainment from a live band and a fully catered dinner by Suvai. Samosas, deep fried flatbread stuffed with potatoes, peas and Indian spices, will be served as appetizers with chickpea curry on rice.
Let’s Naacho
The Bollywood dance competition Let’s Naacho has come again. The competition will be held at Northville High School on Oct. 20 from 4 to 9 p.m., and it is divided into four sections for middle school, high school, college, and community members. Advanced tickets can be purchased from the Student Activities office for $10, or $12 at the door.
“One of our many goals is to showcase the Indian traditions and culture to our American friends,” said Anna Maheshwari, adviser to Asian Student Association.
For more information on Navaratri Garba or Let’s Naacho, email [email protected] or call 734-462-7188.