Collage of Culture (COC) is one of Webster University Thailand’s (WUT) annual events. It generally takes place in the first week of December every year. COC is a fashion show featuring traditional and innovative wear, musical performance as well as cultural dances.

Almost everybody in the WUT community participates in COC. Large communities get together and display their traditional music and dance, traditional clothes (traditional fashion show), culture (short play), and creativity (innovative fashion show.) Various talents awards are also given to the winners.

From the last two year consecutively, the Indian have been winning the traditional fashion show award. The reason for that would be I guess the creativity used in choreography of the show. We not only chose the best traditional dresses to wear but we spend a lot of time on choreography, music and dance. Long practice hours were the key factor of our success.

In 2004, the Indian team displayed four different styles of dances. Sajal and Abhi did Bharat Natyam, Richa and Deepraj did Dandiya, Kuldip and Veeni did Garba, and last but not the least Arpita and Raghu did Bhangra.

In 2005, the Indian team was a little diverse we had a Pakistani guy (Sher) and a Malaysian girl (Vanita) with Indian origin. This time we walked the ramp on a patriotic number (‘Ma Tuhje Salaam’ by A.R. Rehman.) The girls did a wonderful diya dance performance and Abhi gave a fantastic performance.

Almost all the regular team members will be graduating before the next COC. I wonder who will win the traditional fashion show award in the 2006 Collage of Culture. Wait and see.

Photos from COC 2005

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Final step

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Sajal, Abhi and Richa.

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The Indian team after winning

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After performing the innovative fashion show

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Burning Fire (Diya Dance)

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Kuldip and Richa.

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Internet banner (ad)

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Deep in Dhoti

Photos from COC 2004

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Full stage view

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Matka Girls

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Everybody

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Final bhangra pose

Visit COC Website for more information. Press coverage by: The Hua Hin Today (Newspaper) and The Observer (Magazine)

3 comments:

vp said...

coc is always fun, esp. if u r sitting n watching....

garhwalk said...

what do you know how it feels like to get on the stage and represent your country? Participating is more fun than sitting among the audience.

vp said...

hey now, its not as if i've never participated or anything...i've probably performed more on stage than u...