IU First Thursdays celebrates Holi in honor of 'India Remixed'

The Indiana University Arts and Humanities Council used its inaugural First Thursdays Festival of the year to recognize Holi, a Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of spring. The event was in coordination with "India Remixed," the council's semesterlong Global Arts and Humanities Festival celebrating Indian arts and culture.

The event, which took place in Alumni Hall at the Indiana Memorial Union, featured performances by Red Baraat, Hoosier Raas, HooSher Bangra and more. Festival-goers participated in games and crafts and enjoyed delicious, Indian-inspired food. The celebration culminated in the headlining band, Red Baraat, parading audiences from Alumni Hall to Dunn Meadow for a color toss, the hallmark of Holi.

India Remixed events will continue on the Bloomington campus throughout the semester.

From the top: Jhanak, a Bollywood student dance group, performs in Alumni Hall during the March First Thursdays Festival; HooSher Bhangra shares the traditional Punjabi dance of bhangra with audiences; First Thursdays Festival-goers enjoyed two musical acts, four dance performances and a fashion show displaying traditional Indian dress. Photos by Chaz Mottinger, IU Communications

The headlining First Thursdays/Holi Fest performance was given by Red Baraat, a lively eight-piece Indian band that NPR has dubbed "the best party band in years." Photos by Chaz Mottinger, IU Communications

Toward the end of their performance, members of Red Baraat led the audience on a parade from Alumni Hall to Dunn Meadow for a color-toss.  Photos by Chaz Mottinger, IU Communications

A color toss is the hallmark of Holi celebrations and gives the holiday its reputation as the "festival of colors." Photos by Chaz Mottinger, IU Communications