El Estoque

The Raas seniors say their final goodbyes

The Raas seniors say their final goodbyes

Stuti Upadhyay, Kamyar Moradi, and Alyssa Hui

May 19, 2019

Six seniors reflect on their Raas experience as the year comes to a close

The gold coins of junior year

The gold coins of junior year

Annie Zhang and Claire Wen

May 14, 2019

AP tests, SAT prep and junior prom — while junior year is notorious for test taking-torment and heaps of schoolwork, the silver linings and gold coins sprinkled throughout both semesters made this year a year for the books. Check out the best or worst moments of these six juniors below:   ...

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 ...

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...

MVHS Raas becomes a club

MVHS Raas becomes a club

Chetana Ramaiyer

October 20, 2017

Making sure that they have all their gear — speakers, costumes and their dandiyas, the captains of MVHS Raas wake up and get ready for the day. Throughout the day, they practice and run through rehearsals. After a long and exhausting day, they pack up their cars full of the equipment they hauled ov...

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...

Raas holds second workshop for interested students

Raas holds second workshop for interested students

Trisha Kholiya

September 23, 2016

Out on the concrete by the Kennedy MS gym, under the shade of dusty trees, an excitable group of girls talk and wait in anticipation for the workshop. One officer announces the start of the workshop, and together, they step into the scorching sun and trade their bags for a pair of Dandia sticks. The...

Sunday Projects: Tashan

Sunday Projects: Tashan

Trisha Kholiya

April 10, 2016

Story written by Trisha Kholiya and Mingjie Zhong. MV TASHAN PERFORMANCE by El Estoque on Exposure Check out what happened before the show here....

Superstitions: Behind the curtain- Performance superstitions and rituals

Superstitions: Behind the curtain- Performance superstitions and rituals

Sarah Robinson

October 20, 2015

*Correction (Oct. 21): Rhea was previously listed as performing a ritual for an incorrect dance. n performance arts, so much can go wrong during every show. MVHS student performers have many of their own rituals that they go through before each performance, each intended to bring good luck. These ri...