By Neil Patel
With everyone’s mind on the upcoming Thanksgiving break, it was nice to get away from all the school work and just relax.
My version of relaxation involved learning how to dance and walk properly in order to be prepared for the South Asian Multicultural Organized Student Activities’ (SAMOSA) event known as Jawani., which took place on Nov. 17.
Jawani, which means youth, is a show that symbolizes Indian culture with a touch of American culture thrown in as well. As both a participant and audience member, Jawani was a great show that left me satisfied and wanting more.
Much effort was put into the show. Being a part of it from day one, I saw the dedication it took to put such a show together. From the start of the semester, Jawani has been on everyone’s mind becase preparation started immediately after the school year began.
From the countless rounds of auditions for parts in the skits to the hours of time dedicated to practicing, the effort that everyone put into the show was evident to all who watched it.
Following the national anthem, the show kicked off with a bang through a hilarious skit which introduced the audience to three kids who are trapped in a love triangle and trying to save the world by finding the stolen Internet. Then, it was my turn to take the stage with my peers in the freshman dance to help hype up the crowd.
After this were performances by ’Nova’s sophomore and junior dance teams, as well as the Temple University Bhangra team, and more skits that satirized Bollywood movies and Indian culture.
Following intermission was a fashion show that displayed some stylish outfits along with traditional Indian garments. What put this fashion show together were the antics on the runway such as “Cat Daddy-ing” and walking out with a cute puppy. Backstage, the excitement grew for the performances that were soon to come.
Surprisingly, after what I saw backstage, everyone was fairly calm and collected throughout the show. One would think that there would be a lot of stress due to the magnitude of the show. However, the preparation proved to be evident as everything backstage for the performances was well-prepared.
Afterward, there was a soulful performance by the a cappella group Minor Problem, a performance by the Bryn Mawr Dance Team and even more skits.
Then, it was Nova Nassa’s time to shine. With a dance loosely based on the story of Aladdin, Nassa delivered one of the best performances of the night in a lineup packed with punches. Using varying styles of dance, their performance was a must-see.
Next there was the senior dance and a teary-eyed goodbye to the members of Jawani and SAMOSA who will be moving on next year. And, of course, as a typical Bollywood movie normally does, the show ended in a huge flash mob.
Jawani was a great show. The only criticism that could be made of the show were the technical difficulties that occurred during some of the videos in the skits. Because of this, the videos were cut short and the audience lost some of the meanings of the skits.
Another small problem was that some of the skits were difficult to hear, so some of the audience might have missed things. However, none of these problems had a significant impact on the audience’s perception of the show. These minor follies can be easily overlooked by the end of this terrific show.
I would like to applaud the advertising for the show. With posters and information around every corner of campus as well as a trailer circulating the Internet, students were exposed to Jawani in some way.
Because of the group’s effort to bring attention to the show, they were able to draw a strong audience to Jake Nevin Field House.
All in all, I have no regrets about being a part of the show. The skits were gut-busting and the dances were memorable. The fashion show was attention-grabbing and the songs were catchy enough to keep humming after the show.
All the stress and commitment that was put into Jawani was worth it because, in the end, the show was a success.