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Texila American University (TAU) was abuzz with cultural vibrancy and cross-cultural exchange on the 6th of November 2023, as it played host to the Bharatiyam School Connect event organized by Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre and the Indian High Commission.
The event commenced with a traditional Tilak welcome extended to the esteemed guest, Ms. Mahima, setting the tone for an evening that promised to be rich in cultural experiences. Ms. Mahima, serving as the Master of Ceremonies, welcomed the audience and participants, expressing gratitude for the diverse cultural tapestry that was about to unfold.
The ceremony began with the lighting of the lamp, accompanied by the recitation of a shloka, symbolizing the dispelling of darkness and the ushering in of knowledge and harmony. Representatives of the High Commission of India (HCI), SVCC, and the host institute collectively lit the lamp, reinforcing the spirit of unity and cultural exchange.
A warm welcome address by Ms. Mahima provided insights into the significance of cultural events in fostering understanding and appreciation. The host institute's Dean or Special Guest then delivered a compelling speech, highlighting the importance of cultural exchange in the academic environment.
The cultural extravaganza featured a mesmerizing presentation of Indian dance forms, including solo, duet, and group performances by talented artists such as Ms. Avantiga, Ms. Leanne, Ms. Ann Hennin, Ms. Showri Nishitha, Ms. Kiso Thilagavathi, and Ms. Bindu V. Their performances showcased the diversity and richness of Indian dance traditions.
SVCC contributed to the cultural showcase with a captivating video display on India, offering a glimpse into the country's history, heritage, and modern vibrancy. Representatives of SVCC then delivered an engaging speech, emphasizing the importance of cultural diplomacy and global understanding.
The event seamlessly integrated elements of physical and mental well-being with a YOGA lecture cum demonstration conducted by the YOGA teacher of SVCC. This session provided attendees with practical insights into the holistic benefits of yoga, aligning with the event's theme of promoting well-being through cultural activities.
Certificates were distributed by SVCC, recognizing and acknowledging the active participation of individuals in the cultural event. The culmination of the evening was marked by a vote of thanks delivered by Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Texila American University, Dr Ajay Kumar Singh Rajput, expressing gratitude to all contributors and participants.
As a gracious gesture, SVCC also provided refreshments, allowing attendees to continue their cultural conversations in a relaxed and informal setting. The Campus Tour, led by the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO), provided a perfect conclusion to the event, offering participants an opportunity to explore the university's vibrant campus.
In conclusion, the Bharatiyam School Connect event at TAU, orchestrated by SVCC and supported by the Indian High Commission, not only celebrated the rich tapestry of Indian culture but also served as a testament to the power of cultural exchange in fostering global understanding and unity. This event demonstrated TAU's commitment to providing a culturally enriching and inclusive environment for its students and the broader community.