First row, from left: Keerti Nangia, Hema Krishna, Pankti Shah, Kajal Patel, President Gordon Gee, Sanjna Shah, Pratima Nayak, Emily Wilding
Second row, from left: Amar Patel, Aalap Narichania, Rohit Mital, Chris Esber, Vinny Kumar, Manoj Rajagopal, Arpan Parikh, Joe Lopez, Arjun Sharma
Team members not shown: Javed Sayed, Zach Rossfeld, Maggie Germain, Michelle Hjelm, Niyati Dhand
During their first year of medical school, more than 20 students organized a traditional Indian dance team as a fun and exciting way to get to know their classmates while sharing a part of their cultural heritage with the OSUMC community. Named Team MBBS after the medical degree that is given to graduates in India, most students on the team had never participated in choreographed dance before.
With help from fellow Med 3 students Niyati Dhand and Pankti Shah, Pratima Nayak choreographed Team MBBS’s first dance last year. They perform a variety of Indian dance styles including bhangra, raas and Indian classical, entertaining people at a variety of events including Nite Out 2011 (an annual fundraiser for the Columbus Free Clinic) and most recently, the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute’s Up on the Roof (pictured above).
“While it definitely has been difficult to coordinate our schedules for practices, we see our practices as a much-needed break from our busy lives as medical students, so we try to make the most of them,” says Nayak. “Participating with the dance team has formed a strong bond among members. As a team, we have all become very close. We absolutely love performing.”
Following their last performance at Up on the Roof, the team is eagerly awaiting their next one, which they anticipate will be next year’s Nite Out.