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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 26, 2004

Indian Student Association Hosts Diwali Night 

The UI India Student Association's annual Diwali Night dinner and celebration of Indian culture will be Saturday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the following outlets: IMU Box Office, Masala Restaurant, India Café, Om Gift Store, all in Iowa City; Indian Mix Grocery Store in Coralville; the Taj Mahal Restaurant in Cedar Rapids; and the Indian Student Association executive board web site at

The Diwali Night, winner of the University of Iowa's Hawkeye Award for outstanding program of the year, commemorates the Indian Festival of Lights. Diwali symbolizes the defeat of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. The festival's story comes from the Ramayana Hindu Epic where the god of good triumphed over the god of evil. The citizens of India celebrate the event every year with lights and fireworks.

The program starts with dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the cultural program at 8 p.m. It is an all-encompassing event that includes an Indian dinner, cultural music, folk dancing and theatrical performances. About 1,000 people attend the event every year, making it one of the largest and most popular events held at the university. The night will be capped off with dancing from 10-11 p.m.

For more information, contact the ISA President Shrujal Vakharia at 319-400-0839 or or visit the ISA's web site at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,