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The Glory of Pakistani Weddings

-Fiza Mohammad, BMC ’14

Culturally, weddings in Pakistan bring together family and friends to share the happiness with the bride and groom. Families begin preparation months before, ordering mithai (sweets), clothes, furniture for dowry and various other things. Typically weddings last a week beginning with a sermon of the Holy Quran and a prayer […]

What Has It Come To?

-Anita Kilambi, BMC ’13

A common stereotype is attached to the South Asian subcontinent: music and dance are nothing but loaded Punjabi music and Bollywood “hungama.”  The truth of the matter is that Bollywood is only a contemporary adaptation of the arts of South Asia. South Asian dance forms originate from the early medieval […]

MSA Dinners, Snake Charmers, and Festivals

-Hira Ismail, BMC ’13

I went to two Muslim Student Association Dinners, one sponsored by Bryn Mawr and Haverford’s MSA at Founders Hall, and one sponsored by Drexel University’s MSA. The first dinner was in celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr, the Muslim holiday in celebration of the completion of the Holy Month of Ramadan, a […]

What has It Come To?

-Anita Kilambi, BMC ’13

A common stereotype is attached to the South Asian subcontinent: music and dance are nothing but loaded Punjabi music and Bollywood “hungama.”  The truth of the matter is that Bollywood is only a contemporary adaptation of the arts of South Asia. South Asian dance forms originate from the early medieval ages. […]

Fusion of Styles

~ Sowmya Srinivasan ’13

The last time I went to India was a few months ago, for my cousin’s wedding. Despite being there for hardly a week, I noticed something that was a bit disconcerting- the absence of the colorful cultural clothing I have been brought up to love. During the […]

Happy Holi!

~ Mahvish Qureshi ’10

While we may be bearing the cold winds and the accumulation of snow, other parts of the world are getting ready to mark the beginning of spring. In many South-east Asian countries Holi, the spring festival of colors will be celebrated on March 1st and continue on […]

Gadhimai

~ Reetu Bajaj ’12

Gadhimai, a festival which happens only once every five years, took place in Bariyapur in southern Nepal last year. During this Hindu festival, many people from both India and Nepal gather in this city, a little south of capital Kathmandu. The celebration, in honor of goddess of power, Gadhimai, […]

New York – The Take Away Message

~ Mahvish Qureshi ’10

Watching the newly released Hindi film, New York, many here at Bryn Mawr may recognize the scenery from the lush green hills behind Rhoads to the cloisters of Thomas, Bryn Mawr College was the setting for the movie.

Through the […]

Culture Makes a Comeback

~ Reetu Bajaj ’12

When the Taliban arrived at the north-western valley of Swat, there was a ban imposed on all forms of artistic expression. The Taliban had spread ideas of extremism, and certain companies, such as music stores, lost business. Pakistan’s military offensive against the Taliban has made improvement […]

Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr – The Month of Fasting

~ Reetu Bajaj ’12

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, in which every month begins with the sighting of the new moon. For over a billion Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a “month of blessing” marked by prayer, fasting, and charity. It’s primary […]