Nichols College News

India Comes to Nichols

India comes to campus during the next two weeks, as the school’s Fischer Institute presents a five-event series covering Indian music, dance, and cinema, as well as economic issues in the country’s rapidly emerging economy.

The program kicked off last night with a showing of the “Bollywood” film “Monsoon Wedding.”

On Thursday, October 11th, at 7:00 pm in Davis 205, Northeastern University’s Ravi Ramamurti will talk about India’s growing middle class as well as strategies in dealing with India and China in his presentation “From Slumdog to Samruddhi.” Ramamurti is a Distinguished Professor of International Business and Strategy and the Director of Northeastern’s Center for Emerging Markets.

Fischer Institute Director Blanche Milligan sees a direct connection with that presentation and what many Nichols students are getting in the classroom. “Our international business program focuses on countries such as India and China,” she explains.

Dance takes center stage in Daniels Auditorium on Friday, October 12th at 7:00 p.m. with visiting artist Parul Shah (pictured) and her dancers. The troupe will focus on the dances of northern India. Shah, who will spend a five-day residency at Nichols meeting students and faculty and visiting classes, also will offer a workshop on Saturday, October 13th at 2:00 p.m. in Daniels on techniques used in traditional Indian dance.

The free workshop requires advance reservations, which can be arranged by contacting

The idea for an extended residency dates back to last fall, Milligan notes, when a group of 11 Buddhist monks who had been exiled from Tibet spent almost a week on campus, expanding students’ international horizons in the process.

“Students who didn’t even participate in the formal events saw the monks walking around campus,” Milligan recalls. “Cultural awareness comes in different ways, even by just opening your eyes to it.”

The series culminates on Sunday, October 14th at 2:00 p.m. with a concert of Indian-influenced musical works by the composer Shirish Korde, accompanied by soprano Deepti Navaratna and cellist Jan Muller-Szerwas. The event will take place at the First Congregational Church of Dudley, 135 Center Road, next to the Nichols campus. A reception with the composer will follow the performance.

“This performance will certainly expose the audience to sounds that might not be familiar to their community,” Milligan says.