The India Association of New Hampshire's first talent show, including a Viewer's Choice Awards, attracted over 400 attendees. The event, which was held on Feb. 17 at Nashua High School North in Nashua, N.H., brought together some of the community's brightest musical stars, and included a tabla performance and sloka recitation. Audience members voted on their favorite performances.
The event featured melodious musical renditions and beautiful dances to classic songs such as "Aaja Nachle," a popular Madhuri Dixit song, and "Anbil Avan," from the movie "Vinnaithandi Varuvaya."
Event dance performances began with "Maiya Yashoda," a dance depicting young Radha complaining to Yashoda about Lord Krishna's pranks.
At the end of the program, the "social hour" was held in the cafeteria, where everyone enjoyed traditional Indian food, sold by Café India. The variety of food included samosas, pakodas, mixed kebabs and both vegetarian and non-vegetarian combos.
A group called the Dancing Divas won first place with its performance of a folk fusion group dance of two movie songs on Punjabi Gidda and Rajasthani /North Indian classical dance. The dance was choreographed by Shikha Bajpai and Priti Shokeen.
"We enjoy dancing for a good cause. Dance is fun for us, and we are all very passionate about it. It really was a team effort," comment the Dancing Divas.
Coming in second place was a dance choreographed by Neha Parikh to the song "Aaiye Aajaiye."
In third place was a folk/classical dance to a Kannada song called "Baraya Baraya," choreographed by Jasmine Shah.
All three performances were awarded trophies.