TONIGHT: CU Taal’s Naach Nation XI Goes Beyond Bollywood

by Priya Ranganath

CU Taal hosts Naach Nation, welcoming traditional
and alternative Indian dance groups to Columbia

On Saturday, March 2nd, Roone Arledge Auditorium will play host to five South Asian fusion dance teams at the eleventh annual Naach Nation. Naach Nation is hosted and organized by Columbia Taal. The showcase is set to feature the following teams: Drexel Jhalak, MIT Chamak, MIT Mirchi, UMass Amherst Dhadak, and Tufts Tamasha.

As always, Taal will also perform at the showcase, with this year’s routine including new dancers and choreography. Founded in 2001, Taal is a South Asian classical fusion team, meaning it incorporates elements of traditional dances such as Bharatanatyam, Kathak, and Odissi into its choreography–setting it apart from other South Asian dance teams on campus. Most competitions and shows on the collegiate dance circuit are geared toward Bollywood teams, and Naach Nation is Taal’s contribution to providing a creative space to showcase teams that don’t quite fit under that heading.

One half of a two-part musical interlude will be claimed by Deewane, Carnegie Mellon University’s all male South Asian a cappella group. String Theory, Columbia’s premier cello ensemble, is also in line to perform. The inclusion of String Theory represents a departure from tradition; this will be the first Naach Nation to feature an internal Columbia act besides Taal.

A hallmark of Naach Nations past is its donation to a charity of the organizational committee’s choice; this year is no exception. The grotesque excess of gun violence in the past year influenced the Naach Nation Organizational Committee’s decision. Save Our Streets Crown Heights will receive a portion of the showcase’s profits to continue its efforts to foster a more peaceful future by curbing urban violence and providing counseling to those at risk.

Tickets are now on sale through CU Arts for Naach Nation XI. $6 with CUID and $8 without. Tickets are also available for purchase on Lerner Ramps. Naach Nation will be held today in Roone Arledge Auditorium at 7:30 PM.

Priya Ranganath is a first-year at Barnard and member of CU Taal.

Image courtesy of Columbia Taal.

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