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Multicultural festivities on the Night of Lights

30 October 2012

NUS students and staff enjoying a wide range of entertaining activities on the Night of Lights which showcased Singapore's multiracial and diverse cultures

Some 250 NUS students and staff gathered to enjoy a night of festivities and fun on 23 October 2012. Organised by the i.CARE Network Committee - a student volunteer group under the Office of Student Affairs' International Students Section - and the Graduate Students' Society, the Night of Lights not only celebrated Deepavali but also showcased Singapore's multiracial and diverse cultures through performances.

Deputy President (Administration) Mr Joseph Philip Mullinix and Associate Provost (Graduate Education) Professor Mohan Kankanhalli were given a rousing welcome by the spirited Bhangra group who led them to the Plaza@Yusof Ishak House. Mr Mullinix was invited to light up the oil lamp to signify the opening of the Night of Lights. He then joined in the Indian art of rangoli making with Prof Kankanhalli and Associate Professor Tan Teck Koon, Dean of Students.

The entertaining programmes for the night included a spectrum of performances such as Indian dances (Classical Bhangra and Bollywood), Chinese Tribal Dance, Thai Music Ensemble, Indonesian Traditional Dance and Japanese Daiko Drum performance. Hands-on activities like henna painting and rangoli competition attracted the creative types while delightful Indian sweets and snacks drew the crowds.

The event ended on a high note, with participants moving energetically to an array of lively Indian music.

By International Students Section, Office of Student Affairs