The culture and heritage of India will come alive at Cameron University during India Night, slated for Friday October 24. The keynote address will be presented by Dr. S. Narasinga Rao, followed by classical and Indian folk dances by the Sainrithya Dance Academy. Ajanta Cuisine of India, an Oklahoma City restaurant/caterer, will serve a mouth-watering dinner featuring authentic Indian fare. The event takes place at 6 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex. Tickets are now on sale for $15; CU students can purchase tickets for $5. To purchase tickets, contact Amy Smith at 581-4627.
Rao will address “Contributions of Indians and Indian Americans to Globalization and Nuances of Globalization.” During his presentation, Rao will address important contributions by Asian Indians from all walks of life. In addition, he will cover the advantages and disadvantages of globalization involving universities in the U.S. and India, including collaborative programs, the exchange of students and faculty, and the benefits and challenges to students and faculty. Rao is Dean Emeritus of Jackson College of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he initiated programs on Sanskrit, Hindu philosophy and Hindu humanities. He also developed Oklahoma Research Day, a forum for Oklahoma’s regional universities to share research projects.
The Sainrithya Dance Academy, located in Norman, features the Kalakshetra style of dance. The Kalakshetra dance form was founded in 1936 and is noted for its highly intricate and complex footwork along with angular, straight and ballet-like kinesthetics.
India Night is funded by the Ajay and Shireen Bhargava Endowed Lectureships in India Studies and International Studies and Cameron University.
September 30, 2014