Photos: High schoolers take on hip-hop, bhangra and Bollywood at Desi Tashan – The Indian SCENE

Photos: High schoolers take on hip-hop, bhangra and Bollywood at Desi Tashan

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Northville High School hosted Desi Tashan 2020 on Friday February 28. Seven local area high school teams competed in the event, including Farmington Wicked Andaaz, Troy Zahara, IAE Junoon, UCS Jazba, Troy Riyaaz, PCEP Tamasha and Novi Nazar. Exhibition dances were performed by Furteelay Shokeen, Northville’s all-girls Shakti dance team, and Michigan Izzat. Lastly, there were special performances from the Northville underclassmen and Northville Seniors. The event was sold out, with many turned away at the door.

Each high school team created a mini production showcasing different styles of dance varying from hip-hop, bhangra and Bollywood. Students from other backgrounds also participated in the competition embracing Indian culture.

Aarvi Shah and Keya Patel, co-presidents of Northville IASA said, “The most rewarding part of being involved in IASA and organizing Desi Tashan is that we can give back to the community through a colorful event that showcases culture and provides entertainment. Through our love for dance, we are able to bring together a loose-knit community that treasures the memories of dancing together.”

Kajal Garg of Farmington Hills, there to cheer on the teams, said, “I felt a strong interpretation of the story through the dance movements. The kids were full of confidence, creative, graceful and fully involved.”

Troy Zahara placed 1st, Novi Nazar placed 2ndand Wicked Andaz placed 3rd.

Board members of Northville High Schools IASA are:
Aarvi Shah and Keya Patel (co-presidents)
Anushka Gulati (Dance Director)
Dharshini Senthilkumar (Treasurer)
Jannat Rayat (Dance Manager)
Sheel Patel (Sponsorship Chair)
Ria Ellendula (Activities Coordinator)
Rishika Neole (Marketing Chair)
Proceeds raised from this annual event support Vista Maria, a Dearborn Heights-based non-profit residential treatment agency for girls and young women suffering from abuse, neglect and other trauma including child-trafficking.


Photos courtesy of Lisa Mancuso Horn Photography

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