Association of Indian Students at USC

Saturday, October 11, 2008

AIS Newsletter

Association of Indian Students


Hi Guys & Gals,


Garba is coming up this Friday so gear up for a day of celebration. You can find further details of the event on our website.


The AIS Diwali show is happening on November 9

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


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.


Also there are many events happening around  so guys please check them out.


Thank You.


AIS Team


Upcoming Events:

AIS  Garba Dance Night


AIS Garba Dance Night

Date: October 17, 2008

Venue: LYON Center

Time: 6.30pm onwards

Garba will be celebrated on 17th October at Lyon Center. There will be DJ/Orchestra at the venue , music will be played at all times so people can dance to its tunes and celebrate the festival of Garba. Also guests can come and celebrate the festival with USC students by paying $10 for food and playing garba. Delicious Indian food will be served at the event. RSVP for the event by clicking on the link mentioned at


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 .



HSO Diwali Banquet

Date: November 2, 2008

Venue: Town & Gown

Time: 6pm onwards

Hindu Student Organization's Diwali Banquet is a yearly celebration that happens at USC. The program will commence with a puja followed by prayers. As per tradition, this will be followed by incorporating music and dance performances by USC students into the program. These programs will be followed by an Indian dinner buffet, and end with DJ dancing!



Back to v1 at Ground Zero

Date: October 18, 2008

Venue: Ground Zero

Time: 7pm-11pm

Join us for a fun-filled evening at Ground Zero to celebrate the spirit of Fall. Experience the taste of International dinner and awesome music. Freebies, Games & tons of fun awaits you!

Make it to the select list. RSVP by mailing! FREE VGSA T-shirt for the first 130 student who arrive






At the Skirball Cultural Center
Thursday, October 23, 8:00 p.m.
$35 General; $30 Skirball Members; $25 Full-Time Students
Advance tickets: Available on site, online at, or by phone at (877) SCC-4TIX or (877) 722-4849

On tour in celebration of his seventieth birthday, Indian living legend Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia leads fellow bansuri (flute) virtuosos Rakesh Chaurasia and Rupak Kulkarni, Pandit Subhankar Banerjee on tabla, and Pandit Bhavani Shankar on the pakhawaj (drum) in a mesmerizing performance of Indian classical music, steeped in India's mystical traditions. As a world-renowned virtuoso of the bansuri, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is known for his outstanding contributions to the popularization of Indian classical music abroad. His consummate artistry has distinguished him as a master of the bansuri and a legend in his own time. He has delighted audiences around the world with his versatility and inimitable style.





Dear All,
I hope you know that "Indian Ocean" is coming to Los Angeles on 12 Oct., Sunday. The event is organized by Association for India's Development (AID). All proceed would go to grass root devlopment projects in India. Please visit us at: Tickets are available online at or contact us as below.
We hope to see you all there. Thank you for your support for a great cause.



Other Informations:




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.






I am a reporter with the LA Times and am working on a story about the use of biodata in South Asian marriages. From my research and speaking with friends, I understand it is a mix of resume, personal ad and lineage that can spark a meeting between potential spouses. I also understand that often it is driven by the parents.
I would love to speak with some of your members who may have had experience with biodata or even just have opinions about it. How do young South Asians feel about it? Do they feel it is an archaic method or a good way to meet people?

Raja Abdulrahim
Staff Writer

If you would like to reply to the above email then email the Writer directly at with your thoughts







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