Annual Sapnay show highlights Indian and Pakistani culture

Issue 8 page 2

IndoPak club members show off their moves and musical talents in the large gym

By Shauli Bar-On

The 16th annual Indian-Pakistani (IndoPak) Sapnay show was hosted in a packed gym on May 14.

The IndoPak club was founded with the purpose to unite the diverse cultures and talents of Bay Area youth, specifically Indian and Pakistani music and dancing.

“Sapnay,” which means “dreams” in Hindi, is an annual cultural show including dancers and musicians from Homestead, Cupertino, Monta Vista as well as other schools from outside the FUHSD.

The music, collected and streamed by tech officers Amit Kohli and Rohan Vaidya, combines classical Indian music with modern pop songs. The dancers work to incorporate traditional Indian dance moves and modern pop culture moves into the show to engage all audience members.  

Captains from each of the different genre dance teams coordinate the dances for their respective groups and manage the choreography during practices.

The day of the performance is a stressful yet rewarding, IndoPak junior officer Akshay Kamal said.

“Sapnay is really tough but also really fun to put on,” Kamal said.

Preparing for the show may have been tough, but vice president Adit Kishen said he thought the show was fantastic and was worth the stress.

“Setting up and getting everything together is extremely difficult and strenuous because we have to build the whole stage from the ground up,” Kishen said. “The show was fantastic… it was an overall success.”

Performers begin practicing almost immediately after the tryout process is over in November.

“It’s really great working with officers, performers and parents because there are some really sweet, talented and hardworking people who work with us to put the show on,” Kamal said.

The show itself is unique for the dancers, junior and performer Samhita Kadiyala said. She said she values the informal setting of the show.

“We get to know the dancers in another dimension. The audience-to-dancer connection is very personal. It’s great,” Kadiyala said.

The Sapnay show is open to all performers, regardless of their ethnicity. Junior Yannah Melle, who is of non-Asian descent, said she joined the IndoPak Film team two years ago because her friend was a dancer and encouraged her to take part.

This year, she decided she too wanted to be in the show as a dancer.

“I’ve always like watching Indian dances, I’ve always thought it was fun,” Melle said. “And then I tried out this year because I wanted to be in [the show].”

Club adviser Richard Porticos has a huge role in ensuring Sapnay goes as planned, IndoPak co-president Sonya Nadkeshwar said.

“[Mr. Porticos] has been more than helpful,” an IndoPak club statement read. “He is always there and is the person all the officers can count on.”

“We would not have been able to do it without Mr. Porticos. He was a huge help,” Nadkeshwar said.

As the last show for the seniors, Nadkeshwar said she was glad everything went well.

“This show is a good way for the seniors to end the year with a bang,” she said. “I am really proud of all the officers and participants. Also I am thankful for everyone who came and we [hope] everyone enjoyed it.”

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