By Jenna Berndt & Ashleigh Eales
The vibrant “Colours of the East” warmed up chilly Grahamstown on Saturday, August 25 at the annual Rhodes Hindu Students Society (HSS) cultural show. Guests enjoyed an evening of ancient and contemporary Indian music, dance and entertainment at the 1820 Settlers Monument. Approximately 750 people attended the event. This included HSS members, students and their families. Dean of Students, Professor Vivien de Klerk was also present, and guest of honour was Mrs Jay Pillay, Rhodes University Catering Manager. A light supper was served in the foyer before the show began at 7pm, hosted by Nadia Pillay, Ricardo Pillay and Fathima Simjee.
First on the programme was a symbolic lamp lighting, which signified the removal of darkness while asking the Lord for His Blessing. The evening’s performances started with a choreographed piece by Farzana Teja and Vanisha Vithal. This was followed by a lucky draw that was sponsored by various businesses in Grahamstown. This insured that the crowd was actively involved throughout the show. There were some sound problems when it came to the performance by Port Elizabeth’s Triya Dance Company but thankfully they managed to get it right ‘third time lucky’ and put on a much appreciated performance. In his address HSS President, Hiten Keshave, explained the evening’s theme. He said, “Hinduism is a religion based on a variety of colours and this is a tribute to the symbolisation of these colours.” Despite the few hiccups, Keshave was very pleased with this year’s turn-out and felt that the show was a success. “I would like to extend our appreciation on behalf of the HSS for the hard work and effort put into the event,” said Keshave. Another event of the evening that pleased the audience was the fashion show, where participants were able to show off their beautiful traditional dresses and saris. Shamia Tourabaly, a third year pharmacy student, was one of the many HSS members who attended the cultural show. “The dances were very good,” said Tourabaly. The highlight of her night, though, was when the Rhodes University group, Kool Katz, put on an air guitar performance to the popular “Eye of the Tiger” and “Love is Only a Feeling”. The thunderous laughter and wild screams from the crowd showed how much this performance was enjoyed. The “Tera Bina Aint Got No Money” show did a brilliant job of getting people into a party mood as it blended cultural Indian music with the urban sounds of Timbaland’s “The Way I Are”. Guests continued the night’s festivities as they partied the night away at the after party.