Princeton University to Host Diwali In Chapel

November 6, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Economic Times

America's prestigious Princeton University will host its official celebration of the Indian festival of Diwali at the university chapel  


on Nov 14 as part of its recently created Hindu Life Programme. 

The Diwali celebration will be hosted by the university's recently created Hindu Life Programme with Vineet Chander as a full-time coordinator. The unique appointment makes Chander the first Hindu chaplain in the more than 200 year history of the prestigious university. 

This year's celebration builds on last year's observance, which was the first of its kind at Princeton, and features devotional music, sacred readings, classical Indian dance, and a traditional Hindu worship service, Chander said. 

The celebration will also allow Princeton's Hindu students and faculty members to share their talents as a devotional offering. The event includes performances by Swaranjali, a student group dedicated to Indian classical music, and Kalaa, the university's classical Indian dance company.