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Skagit Valley College hosts annual Bhangra, a celebration of Indian culture

Jun 29, 2022

Dr. Farhana Loonat, faculty member and advisor of the South Asian club, once again supported South Asian student club members (Priya Kumar, Shaan Kumar, Manpreet Dhaliwal, Jennifer Juniper and Tony Prindel) in coordinating the college’s annual Bhangra celebration on Sunday, May 22 at the Ferndale Events Center in Ferndale, Washington.

The event is a fundraiser for the SVC Foundation’s Guru Nanak Scholarship launched in 2017 by Dr. Loonat. This scholarship supports students of South Asian/Indian/Desi origin in their studies at SVC and/or upon their transfer to a four-year university.

The event highlighted Punjabi culture with more than 500 guests in attendance. The evening featured choreographed Bhangra (Punjabi folk) dances followed by a sumptuous Indian dinner. The event was held in collaboration with the Black Student Union, Human Services Club, Art Club, Pagan Club and logistical support from the Veteran’s Club.

Guests were impressed by the warm welcome extended to a diverse guest list that included members from the growing Punjabi community, representatives from business and community organizations, as well as SVC administrators, faculty, staff, students and their families. The Bhangra evening reflected the college’s ongoing commitment to serving our diverse communities through hosting equitable and inclusive events. If you are interested in attending our next Bhangra event or supporting the Guru Nanak scholarship, please contact Dr. Farhana Loonat: [email protected] To learn more about the South Asian Student Club and their activities, you can find them on Instagram at svc.southasianclub and on YouTube at SVC South Asian Club.

Dancers performing Bhangra dance

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