October 13, 2005 MONITOR 3
Fremont Symphony brings taste of India to Ohlone
By JOYCE LEUNG dia” opened with a prayer song by Maharashtra. Keeping apace with be no division between rich and poor. skirt that cascaded in various shades
Staff writer musicians Shuba and Purna, who the varied rhythms of the Sambalpuri Performing a traditional dance of orange, Dandia shimmered in the
intertwined rapturous beats with eu- Folk Dance from Western Orissa, a named “Koli” was undoubtedly the spotlight.
The Fremont Symphony Orches- phoric vocals that entranced the au- band of village girls wearing a mul- sweetest group of dancers (no more Ending the night with vigor and
tra brought a taste of India to the dience. A procession of folk dances titude of ankle bracelets danced in than 3 feet tall). The audience energy, performers from the Indian
Smith Center Sunday, Sept. 25. from the various regions of India celebration of the harvest. wouldn’t have noticed if they missed Institute of Arts and Culture enacted
“Fremont is a home for different continued to liven up the audience’s Traveling to the southern state of a baby step. one of the oldest and most enduring
cultures all over the world,” said spirits. Andhra Pradesh, the classical dance From the decidedly most colorful folk dances from the Punjab region.
emcee Vijaya Assuri, “so it would be Nine-year old Anisha Sakunkhe “Kuchipudi” proved that art could region in India, soloist Natasha With pulsating rhythms and fierce
appropriate to celebrate the myriad happily pitter-pattered across the convey social commentary. Through Dandia portrayed a young girl’s pas- choreography it was a small wonder
of flavors of our city.” stage as she performed “Lavani,” a her elegant gestures, Sireesha sage to womanhood in a Rajasthani the audience didn’t leap onto the
“Folk Dances and Music of In- folk dance from the western state of Duggirala expressed that there should Folk Dance. Donning a glittering stage.
Fremont mayor talks
at Muslim conference
By HUDA SHREIM For the event, sponsored by the
Staff writer MSA and the Reviving Human
Prosperity Center, over 300 people
Fremont Mayor Bob Wasser- gathered to break their fast with
mann spoke at Ohlone Saturday exotic foods brought in by coordi-
night for the MSA - Muslim Stu- nator volunteers. Desserts were
dent Association’s community donated by Favors and Fountains, a
“iftar” (breaking of fast) event: pastry company. One guest, Judy
“Fasting in the Abrahamic faiths.” Zatink, who taught English in Paki-
The focus of the event was ex- stan said it was “very interesting - I
plained by guest speaker Ali Ataie learned the why and how [of] fast-
who discussed the similarities and ing more than I did teaching 3 years
differences between fasting in the in Pakistan.”
religions of Islam, Christianity and Mayor Wassermann gave advise
Judaism. Wassermann both wel- to Muslim students on how to be
comed and emphasized the impor- successful citizens. “You can’t be
tance of community understanding responsible for everyone else; you
of the religion of Islam. do what the community expects of
you and you will see results,” said
Response Wassermann. The Mayor said that
he believed Muslims could one day
to ‘students hold his office.
“I can see that happening,” said Photo by Aman Mehrzai
busted’ Wassermann, “One day, I believe
discrimination will disappear.”
Monitor reporter Huda Shreim interviews Fremont Mayor Bob Wassermann.
Continued from Page 2 Among the attendees were many Other events planned this year
for assistance, who, by the way, former Ohlone students. “I miss include a fast breaking feast on Oct.
handled the situation with the utter- this place. This reminded me of the 20 with another guest speaker. The
most professionalism. Other con- good people that I haven’t seen location and times are still being
cerned students thanked the ELC since high school,” said Mulki determined.
staff for finally taking some much- Habad, now a nurse at Washington Information can be found at
needed action. If these students Hospital. OhloneMSA@yahoogroups.com.
feel they have been humiliated in
the process, I am glad, and I hope
that this will teach them at least
some much-needed social etiquette.
On a personal level, with all the
diversity around me, as an Indian, I
felt much humiliated to see fellow
Indians involved in such behavior.
The ELC is responsible to all
students, who would like to learn,
and not just a handful of undeserv-
ing students. It is my simple re-
quest that the next time such an
incident is written about in the
monitor, it will be given the impor-
tance it deserves with the opportu-
nity to teach more than just aca-
A very concerned member of the
Thank you for your concern. You
are not the only one upset about
rowdy behavior in class. But “Stu-
dents ‘busted’ for talking” was a
factual, unbiased headline. “Stu-
dents busted for disturbing other
students in a quiet learning envi-
ronment” is biased -- and way too
long for the space we had. Our job
is to report the news without bias.
Ethically, we can’t make judg-
ments. We supply the facts and leave
the judgments up to the readers.