Dil Se recruits more diverse performers, raises $7500


By Jared Tse | Culture Editor

Irvington’s IndoPak club hosted its sixth annual Dil Se cultural and charity show on Jan. 10 in Valhalla Theatre, showcasing Indian and Pakistani culture through song and dance and raising around $7500 for Project RISHI, a non-profit promoting sustainable development and growth of rural Indian communities.

This year, IndoPak’s main focus was to recruit a more diverse group of performers, featuring acts from Bay Area high schools including Irvington, Evergreen, Archbishop Mitty, Notre Dame, and Bellarmine.

“We made an effort to invite more high school teams to our auditions,” said IndoPak Club President Mansi Soni, a senior. “As a result, we had acts from schools that hadn’t been in our show before.”

Attracting more than 800 people, the show opened with Irvington’s a capella group Sexy Pitches covering “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. Along with acts by Irvington Bombay Beats, Irvington Nachale, All Night, Washington Taal and other dance groups, Irvington’s Bhangra Crew also performed an upbeat dance. Irvington Sitaare presented a parody of “Dhoom,” a popular Indian thriller series. The show concluded with a song performance by all the participants.

The only minor problem that occurred during the show was a lack of backstage helpers, though several dancers from Sitaare quickly volunteered to help the backstage crew.

Unlike those of previous years, Dil Se this time did not feature a fashion show. “We decided to get rid of the fashion show we usually have so we can give the audience a chance to see more dancing and singing performances,” Soni said.

However, some students didn’t agree with the change. “I really like the fashion show because I liked watching the hot models walk down the stage,” junior Nikhil Jaha said.

Overall, Soni thought the show went well. “We chose performers who we thought provided extraordinary talent and diversity to have a well-rounded show,” she said. “Our performers did not disappoint.”