After months of Sunday morning practices, Sanskriti, a celebration of South Asian culture, took place on Saturday, Apr. 2, at Pomona College's Big Bridges Auditorium. This was the fifth annual Sanskriti performance hosted by Ekta, an organization that represents the South Asian community on campus, and Claremont Tamasha, a Bollywood dance troupe. The performance included dance styles ranging from Bollywood to classical Bharatanatyam and Kathak. It also featured spectacular performances by hip hop dance crews Reverb and Groovenation that blended classical Indian songs with contemporary music such as Rihanna's ubiquitous “Work.”
A group of Tyko performers took the stage with a rousing percussion performance accompanied by the traditional footwork of Bharatanatyam. The show also featured renditions of famous Bollywood songs sung by students.
Ekta leader and performer, Shaneli Jain CM '18, said Sanskriti is the highlight of her year.
“It was an unforgettable experience this year and I actually miss the late night dance practices. The people are what made this an amazing show and experience for me. I really hope I can find a family similar to this family abroad.” Though she spent hours practicing each week, she said she “wouldn't trade the last couple months prepping up to Apr. 2 for anything.”