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first_img Holi hands During a show of hands, students compare their colorful collections of dust after a playful exchange. Gathering under gray skies, Harvard undergraduates gleefully covered one another in bright colors on March 24 in observance of Holi, the Hindu celebration of spring. The event, which drew more than 200 undergraduates from a range of religious and cultural backgrounds, was hosted by Dharma, Harvard’s Hindu Student Association.“Holi is primarily a celebration of the coming of spring and commemorates various aspects of Hindu mythology,” said Neil Patel ’13, co-president of Dharma. “The festivities usher in spring and the season of love.”The celebration took place on the Malkin Athletic Center quad, as it has each spring since 1998. Students covered one another in powders colored red, yellow, and blue.Patel says that stories regarding the religious significance and origins of the festival vary across different regions in India. While most Hindus view Holi as a celebration of the coming of spring, in some traditions the celebration serves as a commemoration of the divine love of the goddess Radha for Lord Krishna.Patel says that Holi also breaks down barriers among people of different classes and backgrounds.“The spirit of the festival closes gaps between social classes and brings individuals together as everyone throws colors at each other,” he says. “In some parts of India, children spend the day taunting and throwing colored powder and colored water at adults and elders in the streets. My roommate observed that everyone seemed to look the same after throwing colors at each other. In a broader sense, the festival celebrates the oneness of humanity.”Celebrants also enjoyed traditional Indian snacks, along with games like kabbadi, a kind of rugby-tag, and carrom, a billiards-like board game. Patel says that the fun and food attract more participants to Holi every year. So does the way that the festival brings people together.“Holi is a wonderful opportunity to share South Asian and Hindu culture with the broader Harvard community,” he says. “For many students, throwing colors at friends serves as a liberating way to welcome the spring season — and potentially get revenge on the roommate that stole your food. As we defy conventions and throw colors at friends, we celebrate the unity of the Harvard community as a whole.” Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Hot messes Jasmine Casart ’13 (from left), Leaha Wynn ’13, and Nicole Casart ’13 take inventory of the color gathered on their hands and clothes. Might as well jump Arleen Aguasvivas ’15 (from left), Mikhaila Marecki ’15, Namrata Narain ’15, Farheen Mukarram ’15, and Vivian Chan ’15 share a joyful jump after the event. Loving touch Using each other as canvases, students make handprints using color collected during the powder toss. Dusted During the Holi celebration, hosted by Dharma, Harvard’s Hindu Student Association, Akanksha Sharma ’14 (right) and other students cloud the air with a rainbow of colorful powder in the Malkin Athletic Center Quad. Carried away Sonali Tatapudy ’12 and Sarvagna Patel ’13 (right) celebrate Holi in full swing. Holi celebrationslast_img read more

first_imgBenjamin Walker in ‘American Psycho’ Show Closed This production ended its run on June 5, 2016 View Comments Audiences are in for a bloody good time at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre as American Psycho previews begin on March 24. Headliner Benjamin Walker, Tony winner Alice Ripley and Tony nominee (and current Broadway.com vlogger) Jennifer Damiano are just a few of the stars that will slay in the production, which officially opens on April 21.The Rupert Goold-helmed musical boasts a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and a score by Duncan Sheik. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis (which also inspired the Christian Bale-led film), American Psycho follows 26-year-old Patrick Bateman (Walker): a sophisticated, affluent and devastatingly handsome Wall Street tycoon in 1980s New York City. He’s got a sculpted body, a model-gorgeous girlfriend and a picture-perfect apartment. There’s just one snag: he also has a murderous, psychopathic alter ego that he hides from his friends and co-workers.The cast also includes Heléne Yorke, Theo Stockman, Brandon Kalm, Drew Moerlein, Krystina Alabado, Dave Thomas Brown, Jordan Dean, Anna Eilinsfeld, Jason Hite, Ericka Hunter, Holly James, Keith Randolph Smith, Alex Michael Stoll and Morgan Weed.London fans feasted their eyes on the to-die-for musical during its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre in December 2013 followed by a successful run in the West End. The thriller’s subsequent off-Broadway engagement was axed, clearing its direct shot at the Great White Way. Benjamin Walkercenter_img Star Files American Psycho Related Showslast_img read more