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    Taste of Bollywood

    The sounds, smells and culture of India filled Roth Cafe on Tuesday evening as Campus Dinning hosted an in-depth look into Bollywood cuisine.

    The occasion featured a henna tattoo artist, arts and crafts and a traditional Bollywood band.

    “The event was to celebrate the Indian culture and let students learn about it,” said Laura Young, a campus dining representative.

    The International Marketplace featured a special meal in honor of the event. Tikka Masala, one of the traditional Indian cuisines, included basmati rice and naan. “The food was very authentic and tasted amazing,” said D.Q. McCray, a freshman. “I felt like I was in a real Indian restaurant.”

    Students painted elephant piggy banks and created rangoli art at the arts and crafts table. Rangoli art, a form of sand painting, was the most popular form of artwork.

    Students also crafted glittery designs that could be used as wall or floor art. Two artists busily painted students’ arms and hands with Henna designs – traditionally painted on women for special events such as weddings.

    Stony Brook’s own belly-dancing team shimmied onto the stage and danced to a traditional song.

    “I really love the drumbeat,” said Alanna McGovern, a freshman on the team. “We do a song entirely to it. It’s just so awesome and gets you so pumped.”

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