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The Vanderbilt Hustler

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The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

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IN PHOTOS: The Dances of South Asia 2022

The South Asian Cultural Exchange hosts The Dances of South Asia, celebrating South Asian art, fashion, and culture.
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Dancers at TDS strike a pose, as photographed on Nov. 11, 2022. (Hustler Multimedia/Nikita Rohila)

Vanderbilt’s South Asian Cultural Exchange held their annual showcase, recently renamed The Dances of South Asia, on Nov. 12th in Langford Auditorium.

The theme of this year’s showcase was based on the popular film “Mean Girls,” and featured a special guest performance from Rajiv Surendra, an actor who played the character “Kevin G.” in the film. 

The showcase featured a diverse array of dances from various South Asian cultures, including Bengali Pop Folk, Classical, Nepali, Kuthu, Naatu, Pakistani Pop, Raas and Bolly Kathak. Students of any ethnicity could perform in these dances and practiced for months leading up to the event. Additionally, the showcase saw guest performances from the Bhangradores, Lakshya, Vivid, Confidance, Spectrum A Capella, VIDA and Double Major.

This year’s TDS was also the first year that included a fashion show. 42 students walked the runway, showing off fashions of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan and the Maldives. These vibrant outfits represented the different styles of each country. 

To commemorate the soon-to-be graduating seniors, SACE puts together a senior video each year. Underclassmen hugged their senior friends as the audience watched with misty eyes. A large group of seniors then performed their final TDS dance. High energy, joy and nostalgia-filled Langford Auditorium as the lights dimmed, closing out another successful year of TDS.

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Narenkumar Thirmiya
Narenkumar Thirmiya, Staff Photographer
Narenkumar Thirmiya ('24) is from Orlando, Fla., and is majoring in neuroscience and medicine, health, and society in the College of Arts and Science. When not shooting for The Hustler, he is streaming TV, playing the piano or guitar or exploring nature photography. You can reach him at [email protected].
Josh Rehders
Josh Rehders, Former Photography Director
Josh Rehders ('24) is from Houston and is studying computer science in the School of Engineering. When he is not shooting for The Hustler, Vanderbilt Athletics or freelancing, he enjoys finding new music and good food. He can be reached at [email protected].
Anseley Philippe
Anseley Philippe, Staff Writer and Photographer
Anseley Philippe ('25) is a potential biomedical engineering and Spanish double-major who aspires to be an immunologist. Outside of The Hustler, he can be found queuing up at 2301, wandering around campus during his evening promenades or trying to keep up with his Spanish. He can be reached at [email protected].
Nikita Rohila
Nikita Rohila, Senior Staff Photographer
Nikita Rohila ('25) is from a small town in Arkansas and is majoring in psychology and medicine, health and society in the College of Arts and Science. She previously served as Deputy Social Media Director. During her free time, she enjoys roaming around the city and getting cinematic-style shots for her photography account! You can reach her at [email protected].
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