Don’t Miss: East Meets West 2014

East Meets West (EMW) – The Longest Running Student Show in the UK

Are you ready?

Each year, EMW promises to showcase a huge variety of culturally diverse acts whilst giving away its profits to charity. Mixing the traditional with the contemporary and sprinkled with Bollywood masala in a West End settingEMW 2014 looks to be even bigger and better than before!

Celebrating 22 years, this year EMW proudly welcomes Brit-Asian singing sensation: Arjun for a special performance. (New to Arjun? Read The Asian Destination’s interview with him here)


What makes EMW so special?

EMW’s main mission is to showcase hidden talent and celebrate different cultures and traditions, whilst contributing towards worthwhile causes. Each year, EMW has managed to raise over £15 000 for charity highlighting the Imperial College’s Indian Society’s philanthropic passion. This year profits will be going to I-India, Save The Children, and the Anthony Nolan Trust.

For a good few years now, EMW has been something I’ve only heard Imperial College friends talk about and yet now, finally, I get to share in the excitement.

I’ll be honest though, initially I did have some reservations, particularly as I joined Imperial as a postgrad student, rather than a fresh-faced undergraduate. As a result, this year, juggling 2 different lives: post-grad and EMW (both based between 2 different London campuses) has proved challenging at the best of times. Furthermore, given that none of my post-grad friends were willing to join the Indian Society with me, I was a bit apprehensive of entering the largest Indian Society in the country without a familiar face. However, I have been welcomed into this vibrant EMW world with open arms and shared some wonderful memories with my fellow dance mates.

(In fact, one fellow dance friend, Sonika, has written a great article on EMW which you can access here)

There is something about Imperial College’s Indian Society that I have also grown to love. Not only does it feel like you’ve suddenly acquired an extended family but it also fills you with pride. Not only do I feel proud to be part of something so culturally special but also proud that EMW celebrates our diversity as Brit-Asians.

EMW has the unique quality of taking students of all abilities and nurturing them into West End performers, through dedicated practice, commitment and enthusiasm. Sahil Dawar, President of Imperial College Indian Society talks more about this in a recent interview with Sunrise Radio.

Never did I ever think I’d be performing on a West End stage. And yet here we are: performing in the Novello Theatre, home to Mamma Mia, on the same stage as Arjun alongside newly acquired friends – a night that we’ve been preparing for and one that I’ll remember always! Good Luck to everyone involved in East Meets West – let’s make it the best one yet!

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