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Oct. 21: Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Students To Host National Bhangra Competition Nov. 8


Abby Houck                        

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Students
To Host National Bhangra Competition Nov. 8

Event: Teams from colleges across the nation will perform at the second annual Bhangra in the Burgh competition, hosted by Carnegie Mellon University's Mayur-South Asian Student Alliance. Modern bhangra fuses hip-hop rhythms with traditional, lively folk dancing that originated in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. Teams dancing in colorful costumes will compete for $5,250 in cash prizes, and ticket sales will benefit the Homeless Children's Education Fund of Allegheny County. Last year's event attracted a sell-out crowd of nearly 2,300 and raised $6,000 for the fund.

Teams from Columbia University, Cornell University, Drexel University, New York University, Northwestern University, Rutgers University, the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) will be competing. The VCU team will be representing the DCM Punjabi Arts Academy. Bhangra teams from Carnegie Mellon, Point Park University and the University of Pittsburgh will perform exhibitions. Comedian Paul Varghese from the second season of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" will serve as emcee.

More details, a high-quality preview video and ticket information is available at Tickets are $10 for students, $20 for general admission and $50 for VIP seating. Tickets can also be purchased at the University Center Information Desk at Carnegie Mellon, the William Pitt Student Union at the University of Pittsburgh and at the door.

When: 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8.

Where: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, 4141 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh.