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.
Photos courtesy of Lisa Mancuso Horn Photography