Association of Indian Students at USC

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

AIS Newsletter - 10/21/2008 - Special Movie Screening, Comedy Show, Diwali Banquet and more

Association of Indian Students

DATE: October 21, 2008


Important Information:


Vidushak's Improv Show 
Get ready for the laughter riots! Vidushak cordially invites you to an hour of non-stop desi-style improv comedy : Vidushak Live !. So join us for some Ha-Ha moments @ 5pm, Friday, Oct. 24th, between Leavey and VKC. 

Vidushak calls for participants for Diwali skit:
To all theater enthusiasts: The Vidushak Improv Comedy Group welcomes new participants for their annual skit at the AIS Diwali show on November 9th, 2008. Aspiring participants are requested to contact Adarsh Shekhar (email:, phone: 323-547-2283.)


Anubhavam, the indian music group at USC is looking for new performers. Talented singers and musicians are welcome to audition for the group. They are auditioning for the Diwali Show that is coming up. Please email Neha Parikh at if you are interested.

Upcoming Events:


Date: 7:00PM on Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Venue: George Lucas Building, Room 108

850 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007 

The USC School of Cinematic Arts invites you to a special double-feature showcasing two new films by emerging Indian filmmaker Shamim Sarif:


7:00PM: I Can't Think Straight (2007), directed by Shamim Sarif, 80min.
8:30PM: Q&A with director Shamim Sarif, producer Hanan Kattan and actress Sheetal Sheth
9:00PM: The World Unseen (2007), directed by Shamim Sarif, 94min., rated PG-13.

Free to the public!! Open to all. You will need to make a reservation online at:

USC Hindu Student Organization

Event: Weekly Aarthi & Discussion – "Desire and Happiness"
Date: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
Time: 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Venue: Fishbowl Chapel, University Religious Center (Located between the University Church & University Health Center)

Event: HSO Diwali Banquet - two weeks from now!!
Date: Sunday, November 2nd, 2008
Time: 6pm – 10pm
Venue: Town and Gown (USC campus, between Gate #2 and Tommy Trojan)

FREE for ALL USC Students
Prayers, Dinner and Performances including:
- Hindi Film Dance by Anjaane 
- Bhangra by Jachdi Jawani
- Bharata Natyam
- Vocal performance

 AIS Diwali Fest
Venue: Bovard Auditorium 
Date: November 9th, 2008
Time:  7 pm

- Remember if you want to perform at this event, please mail either Hanisha or Gaurav .

Other Useful Information:

Research project on Asian Indian identity
 Hello, My name is Jinghuan Liu.  I'm from a multi-cultural research company called New American Dimensions.  
 I was wondering if any of you would like to participate in our research project on Asian Indian identity.  We're setting up in-depth interviews with students at USC.  The project is to probe into the modern Asian Indian identity: world citizen, educated, savvy, confident, unpretentious, a good balance between Americanization and Indian traditions.  We will have a face-to-face interview with the participant, asking him/her questions, which usually runs from 45 minutes to 1 hour.  We'll conduct the interviews on campus next week at your convenience.
 We'll appreciate it if you can participate in our research project.  I can be reached via email or phone: 310-670-6800 ext 114. 

To participate in this project or if you have any questions, please email Mr. Jinghuan Liu at  or by phone 310-670-6800 ext 114




Around the World in 80 Minutes Extravaganza (AW80ME) is a weekly program on Sundays (beginning 10/12) at 5:30 pm in the Parkside Large Classroom. This program is geared toward getting Language Academy students (international students who are at USC to learn English) and USC students to interact in cultural and language exchange. 
The two main goals of this program are to 1.) allow Language Academy students to find friends to practice their English with, and 2.) for USC students who are interested in learning another language to find native speakers of that language to learn from.
Each week there will be a different culturally themed refreshment as well as a group of phrases to be learned in each language represented. Although Language Academy students come from China, Taiwan, Korean, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait, we are inviting every language department at USC to send representatives so that any interested student can learn (almost) any language they are interested in.
For questions, please email Ning at . For those who do not know where the Parkside Large Classroom is, there will be signs posted around the Suites and Apartments directing students to the event location.











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