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Hinduism Week festivities planned, April 7-15

A week-long celebration of Hindu thought and culture featuring a lecture by renowned Indian spiritual leader Dada J.P. Vaswani and Indian performing arts shows will run Saturday through Sunday, April 7-15.

Students from the Princeton Hindu Satsangam have organized the University's first Hinduism Week, which will begin with a celebration of the Indian spring festival Holi at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in 1903 Courtyard.

Vaswani will give the keynote address at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The 88-year-old philosopher and writer will discuss his new book "Peace or Perish: There Is No Other Choice" and take questions from the audience. Introductory remarks will be given by Shashi Tharoor, former United Nations Undersecretary-General for Communications and Public Information.

Other Hinduism Week events include: a roundtable discussion on Hindu poetry led by Benjamin Baer, assistant professor of comparative literature, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April, 8 in 306 Frist; a performing arts show presented by the South Asian Students Association at 8 p.m. Friday, April 13, in Richardson Auditorium; and a performance by the classical Indian dance troupe Kalaa at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Frist Film and Performance Theater.

All events are free except for the performing arts show and the Kalaa dance performance. Tickets for the April 13 show are free with a Princeton University ID and $7 for others. Tickets for the April 14 dance performance are $6 for students and faculty and $8 for others. They may be purchased online through University Ticketing.

The celebration is being co-sponsored by the Office of Religious Life, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, South Asian Students Association, the Fields Center, the Center for Jewish Life, Princeton Buddhists Students' Group, Muslim Students' Association, Kalaa Classical Indian Dance Troupe, Princeton Bhangra and the International Center.

A schedule of events may be viewed at www.princeton.edu/~hindu. For more information, contact hindu@princeton.edu.

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