A Celebration of India

KENNESAW, Ga. | Sep 21, 2017

Festival brings campus community together

Kennesaw State’s Year of India observance covers a variety of historical, cultural and political topics, but there’s also room for fun.

Students, faculty and staff gathered Wednesday on the Campus Green for the Year of India Festival. The attendees learned about Indian culture while enjoying food and live music.

Year of India

“Through the whole Year of India program, we’re trying to provide lots of different entry points for students to learn about India,” said Dan Paracka, director of campus internalization in the Division of Global Affairs. “Food and music are the easiest things to like about another culture, right? So this is a good entry point.”

KSU student Virginia Gebreyesus, a junior biology major, was interested in sampling the food. However, she was most interested in the henna hand-painting, reflecting a body-art tradition practiced for more than 5,000 years in India, Pakistan, Africa and the Middle East.

“I think it’s good to get exposure to other cultures, and this also brings everyone together,” Gebreyesus said.

Year of India

The 2017-18 academic year is being recognized as the Year of India at Kennesaw State. It is this year’s installment of KSU’s Annual Country Study Program, which takes a wide-ranging look at a specific country through lectures, performances, exhibits and films.

Year of India

The first performer at the Year of India Festival, Pranaya Rana, played guitar and sang Hindi songs. Rana earned his Ph.D. in International Conflict Management from Kennesaw State and now is an assistant professor of peace studies in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.

“The fact that Kennesaw State has this program where they feature one country every year is amazing, especially given the diversity and the number of international students from all over the world that we have,” Rana said. “This shows that Kennesaw State cares.”

For more on the Year of India, including the full calendar of events, click here.

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