Indian International Student Union to host Tamasha

Cultural show will take place in Watters Theatre

Binghamton University’s Indian International Student Union (IISU) will host its annual cultural show, Tamasha, this Saturday in the Fine Arts Building at the Watters Theater. Various student groups will be performing in this year’s “Ticket to Bollywood”-themed show.

Among the groups featured at the two-hour event are Binghamton Bhangra, Binghamton Masti, Quimbamba Latin dance team and Cornell Tarana, an a cappella group. There will also be five dance routines performed by BU students through the IISU.

The IISU dances will include a variety of styles. Among these are classical, Garba, Moda and South Asian dance.

The club hopes to bring in a large audience as they have in past years. The event is usually attended by about 300 people and is on pace to match that number this year; about 200 tickets have been sold, and another 100 are expected to be sold at the door.

“Generally Tamasha means ‘fun’ in a variety of South Asian languages,” said Jonathan Varghese, president of the IISU and a senior majoring in biology. “That’s the energy of the show, a fun and loose time. We have high-energy dances, a vibrant fashion show and a comedic skit that is played throughout the show.”

There are more than 100 performers in this year’s show, over 50 of whom are members of the IISU.

“We’re really excited to put on a great show for everyone,” said Asha Antony, a member of the IISU and a freshman majoring in biology. “Everyone has been practicing really hard. The show is a great way to spread Indian culture around campus.”

In addition to dance routines, Tamasha historically features a comedy routine in the form of a skit and a fashion show with traditional Indian clothing.

Tamasha is more than just the show at Watters Theater. The night before the show, there is a Tamasha banquet in the Appalachian Dining Hall. Additionally, there is an after-party hosted by multiple fraternities.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets will be sold at the door for $10. Pre-sale tickets are $8.