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Multicultural “Mayhem” for a Worthy Cause

June 2003
Multicultural “Mayhem” for a Worthy Cause

Raksha's "Dance Mayhem" at the Global Mall on May 9th was an evening of Salsa, Bhangra and film-song lessons, followed by a variety program of music and dance performances by a Latin group. The enthusiastic attendees, which included many devoted volunteers, had a wonderful time at this well-organized event. This was the latest in a line of fundraisers that Raksha organizes on a smaller scale during the year. A few months ago, thanks to the initiative of Kiran Bindra and the committee she formed, the fundraiser was started again. Raksha, meaning protection in several South Asian languages, is a Georgia-based nonprofit organization for the South Asian community. Founded in 1995, it addresses social issues such as family violence and divorce, as well as issues concerning children, senior citizens and new immigrants.

There were displays of flowers and candles on the tables to enhance the ambiance for friendly interaction. Gaurav Bakshi and Khurram Hassan, the MC's for the evening, started off the proceedings with quick demonstrations of dance steps given by Gaurav and Shezi Sardar. Kiran Bindra gave Bhangra lessons while Audi Lopez taught her Salsa moves. Finally, Audi and her troupe ? the Mezcolanza Dance Company ? entertained the audience with a blend of contemporary and traditional Latin dance styles. For more information on Raksha, visit the website at www.raksha.org.

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