|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Pakistani students succeed with Tufaan
By Yaseen Nimjee
Western's Althouse College came alive Saturday with the glitz and glamour of Tufaan, the Pakistani Students' Association's first-ever inter-university cultural extravaganza.
Performances ranged from musical vocals and instrumentals to group and individual dances. The stage was set in tradition and the celebration of a culture ripe with religious expression. "Pakistan is slightly different from mainstream Indian culture in the fact that it is largely based on Islam," says Omar Javed, VP external for the PSA.
Pakistan itself was created when India separated from British rule and the Muslims in the country sought their own homeland. Tabinda Mirza, PSA treasurer, muses "It is good to be recognized as a distinct culture, as a distinct community."
Each performance highlighted the unique aspects of Pakistani dress, dance and music. As with most cultural shows, the culmination of the event was the fashion show, put on by Western PSA members, which kept the traditional theme by showcasing only Eastern fashions.
A number of universities and colleges participated in the event, including members of Western and Fanshawe College and schools from as far away as Michigan also took part. "The main thing we wanted to accomplish was to get the students out and support the PSA, not only our own, but those of other universities it is important for us to get together and celebrate our culture," says Rozina Jadoon, VP-internal for the PSA.
Attendance was better than expected at the event with approximately 300 people supporting the PSA. Membership in the club has also grown this year at Western, rising to over 100 from about 40 last year ranking the Western Pakistani club as the largest in Canada.
"We aim to make this an annual event, much in the way WICSA (Western Indo-Canadian Students' Association) has grown their own culture show," says Javed.
With the dedication of this year's PSA laying the foundation for the cultural event, the Pakistani community can most certainly count on a repeat performance next year.