South Asian Society stages intercollegiate dance festival, Midwest Masala

Event combines aspects of traditional Eastern, modern Western dance styles, including Bhangra, hip-hop, Raas, Latin dance, more | April 1, 2006

The University's South Asian Society is staging the intercollegiate dance festival and competition, Midwest Masala, on Saturday, April 8, in the Duff Banquet Center. The event, themed "the fusion of cultures," combines aspects of traditional Eastern and modern Western dance styles, including Bhangra, hip-hop, Raas, Latin dance, classical, R&B and more. Teams from Xavier, Ohio State University, the University of Michigan, the University of Cincinnati, and more are competing.

An Indian dinner precedes the event at the East Plaza of the Cintas Center. Dinner is being served at 5:30 p.m. Doors to the banquet hall open at 6:45 p.m. and the event starts at 7:00 p.m.

"Midwest Masala is an opportunity to recognize the changing world around us," says Keyur Parikh, vice president for the South Asian Society. "For many, it will be an eye-opening experience into modern-day South Asian-American culture, while for others, it will be a long awaited symbol of the South Asian presence in the southwestern Ohio region."

The South Asian Society is donating all proceeds from the event to the Tamarind Tree Project, a South Asian, non-profit organization that provides language classes to young children. Proceeds from Midwest Masala are being used, specifically, to set up a medical clinic and provide schools with computers and other resources in the village of Hunsemara, India.

The South Asian Society started in the fall of 2003 and serves as a portal to connect the Xavier community to South Asian heritage. With the club's popularity growing each year, the society has sponsored a number of events and fundraisers, and celebrated the beautiful cultures of the South Asian region.

Tickets are $10, which include dinner. You can purchase these at the Gallagher Student Center or on the day of the event. For more information contact Gaurav Marwaha at or 216 392-9651 or Keyur Parikh at or 248 703-5599. You can also visit for more information.