Feature: Gateway to India
Gateway to India, hosted by CMU OM, was held in Cohon Center Wean Commons on Friday evening. The event showcased the diversity of the different states that comprise India. Ten states (out of twenty-nine) were represented from the culturally distinct northern and southern regions of the country. The modern nation of India did not exist until 1947. For most of its history, the subcontinent was divided into several polities based on religion, culture, ethnicity, and language. Even current political boundaries do not account for the vast heterogeneity present in each and every state. Common themes at the event across the displays included famous Bollywood celebrities from the state, major cities, geography, and examples of writing and customs. Overall, the event was very successful, with a lively atmosphere, bright colors, and scents reminiscent of the typical bustling street in India.