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Friday, May 21, 2010

Report from the Cultural Day

The Cultural Day Fair which was held on May 11th was very successful and undoubtedly appreciated amongst the many students and staff who came to visit. The fair was organized by students from Iran, India, Turkey, Pakistan, Indonesia, Sweden and China as a way to celebrate the cultural richness at University of Borås, to give students the opportunity to share their cultures and to create a meeting platform that would inspire students from different countries to get together, exchange views and learn from each other. The fair visitors not only had the privilege to taste food from seven different countries but also join in a lot of activities, watch yoga- Kung Fu- and dance performances, get henna tattoos, listen to music and much more.

The Cultural Day was also visited by Rector Lena Nordholm, who held an inspiring speech and expressed her wish to make the Cultural Day a regular event. She gave thanks to the students who organized the fair, and handed them certificates as a proof of her appreciation. In Lena’s blog at http://etjanst.hb.se/hb/lenasblogg/default.asp you can read her own thoughts on the day.
Students from Turkey, Iran and Pakistan presented both contemporary and traditional dances, and even let the International Coordinator – Linda Rydh – join in the dancing for a while. Sweden did their best to keep up with the other countries on the dance scene: They illustrated how Swedes celebrate midsummer, by inviting the audience to take part in a ring dance around the may pole. Although the ring dance was great fun, it was not nearly as eye-catching and graceful as the Indian dance performances: Indian students presented examples of the classical Bharatanatyam dance as well as the more modern “Bollywood” type of dancing. In addition they presented two different styles of yoga – Asanas and Pranayam yoga – and also performed traditional Indian songs.

Chinese students took the opportunity to draw the fair visitors’ attention to the earthquake in the county Yushu, on April 14th where more than 2000 people died. They let students and staff write short messages on a banner, to show their support and sympathy for the citizens of Yushu. Apart from this, Chinese students also gave a presentation of Kung Fu and a demonstration of how to serve tea in the traditional Chinese way. Students from Indonesia offered visitors to try on traditional Indonesian clothing, which was very popular, while Pakistani students, at the end of the fair, proudly performed the anthem of Pakistan.
Many thanks to the planning committee who spent several days of hard work, planning and preparing the event! Without the great efforts from Neni Fidya Santi, Indri Farry, Sheng Li, Charlotte Asiedu, M Sohaib Amir Khan, Mikael Wahl, Rajesh Ramadoss, Davood Zall, Can Özberk, Tanti Kostaman and many others, the Cultural Day would not have been this successful. A special thanks to Abdul Majid who ambitiously coordinated the whole event and motivated so many students to take part in it.


Note: The photos of Majid shaking hands with Lena Nordholm, and the crowd watching Pakistani dancers, are taken by Kristoffer Lidén.

11 comments:

  1. I never seen this sort of event ever before. i would say wonderful activity in University. Thanks all organizers.

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  2. Its not that Much Impressive and who said that, Abdul organized this event? its not true, many of them behind this , i knew why he kept his pics here, this blog is not maintainable transparently..

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  3. Indian dance was awesome

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  4. We should accept and appreciate the efforts of Majid. We enjoyed a lot.

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  5. Excellent yoga performance.wonderful event.

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  6. I miss this event :(

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  7. Nice activity.

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  8. who is that F*****in majid?

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  9. Does anyone know Majid's cell number? I wanna talk to him.

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  10. Majid is one idoit he doesn't know anything but allways he will do some over behavior..i guess he belongs to informatics.

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  11. Majid is a very nice guy ...he help me a lot ...
    A big thanks to him...

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