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NMSU?s Indian Student Association to host cultural event

New Mexico State University?s Indian Student Association will host a cultural event called Roshni at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Atkinson Recital Hall.

A poster created by the Indian Student Association presents the Roshni 2014 festival.
The Roshni 2014 event, sponsored by NMSU?s Indian Student Association, will take place at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. (Courtesy photo)

The event celebrates an Indian festival of lights known as Diwali, which marks the victory of good over evil, and is organized every year during the month of October or November. Roshni will include traditional and cultural dance performances, a medley of songs performed by Indian students, an Indian feast and fireworks.

?The Indian Student Association was conceived to promote a real understanding of the culture and traditions of India with the conviction that our aims can be best achieved by conducting ourselves as true representatives of India,? Indian Student Association President Chaitanya Kukutla said. ?We have a wonderful team who dedicate their time and help in making Roshni a successful event.?

Funding for this event comes from alumni, faculty, students and the Indian communities of Las Cruces and El Paso, all dedicated to introducing Indian culture and tradition in the lives of NMSU community members.

Due to the venue capacity constraints, admission is free to those initially invited to the event by members of the Indian Student Association. In the future, the association hopes to host a ?Holi-Festival of Colors? celebration that will be open to the public, with the support of the NMSU community.

?Staying away from home, it feels like we are celebrating with our families here at Las Cruces,? Kukutla said. Also, it gives us great encouragement for improving the event organization and celebration, each year with tremendous great support and attendance.?