By Isha Trivedi '19
On Saturday, March 24, Notre Dame and Bellarmine hosted their annual dance showcase, Nazaara. Taking place at Bellarmine’s Sobrato Theater and featuring teams from more than ten Bay Area schools, Nazaara 2018 had an amazing lineup with talented dancers, singers, and choreographers. From Raas and Bhangra performances to Bollywood dancing and singing, there were a wide variety of South Asian cultures represented at the show. The audience was also able to see different interpretations of these cultures alongside Western songs and dance. During intermission, students were able to step out from the sold-out auditorium, purchase some popular South Asian snacks and catch up with other performers and friends.
Proceeds from Nazaara help support One School at a Time, or OSAAT, an organization that helps build schools in rural India. This year, the show was highlighted with a video of the schools that funds from Nazaara helped build, and students were able to see how exactly their money was helping the schools in India.
By the end of the show, energy and spirit was running high as students cheered––from the high energy Bhangra performance to the soulful sounds of the ND Awaaz team (Awaaz, meaning sound, in Hindi). When the final act, ND and Bellarmine’s Zamana, was announced, the room was filled with deafening applause and excitement. With the whole Zamana team on stage, the show closed out and the audience slowly left the auditorium. Students, teachers, and parents who had the opportunity to see Nazaara and all the teams perform undoubtedly had a great time––keep an eye out next year to get a hold of Nazaara tickets in case you missed it this year!