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View, Hear, and Savor ICA’s Republic Night

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Members of the Indian Cultural Association preforming a Bollywood dance at last years Republic Night.

Flashing lights, vibrant colors, and the aroma of spices. This scene may remind one of one from South Asia, but this atmosphere will be at North Penn High School January 26th. 

Republic Night stands as ICA’s longest-standing tradition. A night full of South Asian heritage is showcased through dancing, skits, music, and the crowing of Mr. and Ms. Republic Knight at the show’s end. 

“[Republic Night] has been a tradition for around 13 years now; we still have the same dance groups from Philadelphia, but we also have the local ones, and from North Penn, we have around 20-30 people performing,” Manav Mahidia, Vice President of the Indian Cultural Association, said. 

Leading up to the event, participants practiced in the audion for nearly 27 hours after school. From funny skits to Bollywood movie-level dances, much preparation comes from the students, who seek to put on a night full of joy and enthusiasm for Indian culture. 

Last year, there were around 10 dances consisting of North Penn students, local youth dance groups, and even professional groups from the Philadelphia area, each bringing a unique dance from the various Indian cultures. Dances consisted of modern Indian music ranging from modern hip-hop music to

“Last year, I had a blast, there was good food, and it was really fun seeing my friend try to dance,” said Jawad Alasamin. 

Republic Night also features their long-standing tradition of Mr. and Mrs. Republic Knight, which involves rounds of trivia, dancing, and even a fashion show to decide a couple that will be crowned Mr. and Mrs. at the end of the night. 

“There are multiple candidates that run for Mr. and Mrs. [Republic Knight] and the audience picks which couple they like the best, who are then crowned Mr. and Mrs. Republic Knight,” stated Mahidia

Republic Night also marks the last large-scale ICA event of the year; the past two were Diwali Dinner and Garba. ICA is a rosetta stone for other cultural clubs to host similar events within their community and cultures. 

“As a [cultural] club leader, it’s inspiring to see how well-organized all of ICA’s events are throughout the year. They hold some of the largest get-togethers and bring community members together. I will definitely be in attendance at this year’s Republic night to see all their hard work,” Vincent Nguyen, VCC’s Multicultural president, said.

Republic Night brings out a sense of Indian pride many students may have disregarded. ICA’s Republic Night is in the auditorium on Friday, January 26th, at 5:30 PM

“Rep night is the perfect celebration that showcases Indian independence through culture. There will be lots of food, lots of drinks, and lots of activities. So make sure to show out!” Mahidia exclaimed. 

Vedanth Krishna
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    Anil GanjuJan 14, 2024 at 12:48 pm

    Amazing ,Vedanth and crew!!!! Way to go!!!!

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    Willa MaglandJan 10, 2024 at 12:46 pm

    So cool! Do I need a ticket or anything?

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      VedanthJan 12, 2024 at 8:37 pm

      Yes tickets will be sold at the door, around $5!