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HPU students performs at Durga festival

by Kalamalama staff

 

MSIS graduate student, Annapoorani Murali reminds us all of HPU’s abundant diversity. Murali, a member of the University’s International Chorale, performed at this year’s Durga Festival at the Honolulu Academy of Arts Oct. 17.

The Durga Festival is one of India’s great celebrations to commemorate the victory of the goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura, or the victory of good over evil. Durga is considered a benevolent and friendly deity who takes care of all life. She is often depicted with eight arms, signifying her power.

 

 

Murali, who prefers to be called Anna, is Hindu and was thrilled to participate in the festival commemorating her faith. “I was excited and honored because I have performed for all sorts of occasions back home in Singapore, and I think it was a wonderful opportunity for me to do the same in Hawai‘i,” she said.

The 21-year-old performed three Indian classical songs as part of the “Where in the World? India!” event on the final day of the two-week-long festival.

“ It instilled in me a sense of culture,” said Murali. “It enabled me to bring my culture to those who are new to it and to those who can enjoy and appreciate it.”

The exhibition, titled “Durga: The Great Goddess Revealed,” continues at the academy through Dec. 5.

 
 

 

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