Tickets are now available for Cameron University’s India Night, a celebration of the culture and heritage of India. The event takes place on Friday, November 8, at 6 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex. The keynote address by Dr. Sanku Rao will be followed by entertainment from Indrajit Banerjee and Nitin Mitta. Ajanta Cuisine of India, an Oklahoma City restaurant/caterer, will serve a mouth-watering dinner featuring authentic Indian fare. Tickets are $15; CU students can purchase tickets for $5. To purchase tickets, contact Amy Franks at 581-2842.
Dr. Sanku Rao is a member of the President’s Council of the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origins, which is dedicated to improving health worldwide. He is also past president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. Rao serves as a vital link between the medical communities in the U.S. and India. In 2009, he organized the Indo-U.S. Healthcare Summit in New Delhi, India, during which medical specialists from the U.S., India, and the U.K, discussed prevention, treatment and management of heart disease, diabetes, infectious diseases, HIV, tuberculosis, and allergies, in addition to promoting better child healthcare. He has established a free endoscopy clinic at a hospital in Hyderabad, India, and continues to assist young Indian American physicians to secure residency positions in the U.S. Rao has practiced gastroenterology and internal medicine in Enid since 1979.
Banerjee is a leading exponent of the Maihar gharana school of Hindustani classical music. His sitar performances have been hailed as “commanding” and are evidence of the depth of his artistic pedigree. He has performed around the world, including in concert with pop artist Sting.
Mitta is one of the most sought-after tabla players in the music world. He is known for his technical virtuosity, spontaneity, clarity of tone and sensitivity to melodic nuance. Mitta maintains a busy schedule of performances and tabla workshops throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada and India.
India Night is funded by the Ajay and Shireen Bhargava Endowed Lectureships in India Studies and International Studies and Cameron University.
October 15,l 2013