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2012 Diwali Night: A Celebration of New Beginnings


Diwali, otherwise known as India’s festival of lights, is a Hindu New Year.  As the biggest festival celebrated by Hindus in India, it is a celebration of new beginnings.

October 27, 2012, Diwali is both a celebration of new beginnings and the 15th anniversary of Milaap. As the official UW Indian Students’ Organization, Milaap provides a resource for Indian students to interact, embrace the Indian culture and blend with people of all faith, language and geographic background.

The Diwali event has grown in popularity over the years, extending well beyond the university community. The evening begins at 5 pm with a celebration of culture through music, dance and other art forms – including special performer, International Bollywood singer PARICHAY. At 7:30 pm UW students were treated to Indian Cuisine. The dance is open to the public and free of charge. The dinner is limited to UW students, and tickets are required, so request tickets now!

“Diwali is one of the biggest Hindu festivals in India. Diwali Night has been celebrated all over US in different colleges by the Indian Student Organizations, so here we decided to take a step and start it on a small scale. I am not bragging but I feel very proud that looking at our track record over the past years, this year we were awarded the highest funded for an event by an RSO from ASUW which in itself shows that we have made our places in the heart of the people at UW. We are really grateful to the people at UW for supporting us till date and we will keep the promise to teach and entertain in the best way we can.” – Karan R. Manhas


Dawali Night 2012 

When: Saturday, October 27, 2012, 5 – 9pm

Where: Fine Arts Concert Hall and Union Ballroom

The main event (no tickets necessary) will be held in the Fine Arts Concert Hall. The performance will include dance performers from Colorado, a music and singing performance by UW students, and a special guest performer - International Bollywood Singer ' PARICHAY' 

President Buchancan and Mrs. Buchanan are the chief guests at our event.

Please join us after our main event for dinner at 7:30pm in the Union ballroom (tickets required). The tickets are free and will be available at the Union Info Desk on October 23rd, 24th and 25th at 11 am. Tickets will be given out on a first come first serve basis. 

For more information, please contact Karan Manhas at (307) 460-8572 or via email at

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