El Estoque

MV Bhangra: From missing advisor to new team

MV Bhangra: From missing advisor to new team

October 12, 2019

V Bhangra — one of MVHS’s three Indian dance teams — expected an ordinary start to its 2019-20 season. They planned to hold two weeks of practice workshops, followed by a week of tryouts, some time to make a decision about team acceptances and eventually, the formation of a new team. What they ...

Preparing for Spotlite

Preparing for Spotlite

Shuvi Jha

April 12, 2019

Each year, the Indo-American Student Association (IASA) hosts Spotlite on India, a show that aims to showcase various aspects of Indian culture, such as music, fashion and dance. Featuring dance acts by MVHS Indian dance groups such as MV Raas and Bhangra, as well as music performances from various stude...

Show time for MVHS Raas

Show time for MVHS Raas

Stuti Upadhyay

February 8, 2019

The first few months of a new year are busy for most MVHS students: full of tests, projects, standardized testing, extracurriculars and much more. But for the MVHS Raas team, the period between January and April means show season. According to junior Shreya Guha, a third year member on Raas, the ...

Welcoming diversity

Welcoming diversity

Jai Uparkar

November 21, 2018

enior Sabina Law remembers the first time she was introduced to Bhangra. When she was a freshman, she watched the Bhangra team perform a routine for the MVHS Dance Team, which she was part of, and noticed how the dance form was completely different from her own. She was used to performing softer mov...

Leading a Lasting Legacy

Leading a Lasting Legacy

Jai Uparkar

September 23, 2018

he odds seem to be stacked against the captains of MV Bhangra. It is  the first time in many years that all the leaders are new to the position. On top of that, they are responsible for finding new and upcoming talent for the team, as nine seniors — about half of their team — had graduated last...

Taking the floor: What makes different Indian dances unique

Taking the floor: What makes different Indian dances unique

Michelle Wong

November 15, 2017

n a school where the student body is 83 percent Asian, influences from different Asian cultures are especially prominent. One such way for South Asian students to express their cultural heritage is through the numerous forms of Indian dance, whether it be on one of the MVHS dance teams or outside of...

Can’t Stop the Feeling: Bhangra dancers prepare for their final performance

Can’t Stop the Feeling: Bhangra dancers prepare for their final performance

Shriya Deshpande

May 31, 2017

ne team, one practice every Friday, one final performance for the school year: as the Bhangra team prepares to spring into their performances, they receive a final word of advice and a wealth of encouragement from team captains who have since graduated MVHS.   In one of their final practices, Bha...

Bhangra and Raas teams critique each other’s performances during practice

Bhangra and Raas teams critique each other’s performances during practice

Shriya Deshpande

December 14, 2016

hen writers read their pieces repeatedly, catching mistakes becomes harder with each edit. When students throw themselves into studying for finals, catching mistakes becomes harder with each extra practice test. When dancers perform the same routine, catching mistakes becomes harder with each formation...

Bhangra team introduces new system to team members

Shriya Deshpande

September 30, 2016

n theater, they’re called understudies. In computing, they’re called backups. In Bhangra, they’re called alternates. But now, alternates are no longer a part of the Bhangra team’s method. Instead of having backup dancers, each team member will learn all the choreography and show their comm...

Sunday Projects: Backstage Tashan

Sunday Projects: Backstage Tashan

Trisha Kholiya

April 10, 2016

Check out what happened during the show here. 5:30 p.m. It’s an hour and a half before the 7 p.m. show’s start on Apr. 9, but the broken clock on the far wall of the MVHS Student Union insists that it’s 8:30 p.m. Beneath the clock bustles groups of student performers, with seven distinct clusters ...