Feb. 12, 2003
Many people don't realize that Calvin College has one of the largest contingents of international students of any college or university in West Michigan. This year, for example, there are over almost 250 international students at Calvin, not including Canada. Those students represent countries from around the globe, 54 in all, everything from Argentina to Zimbabwe.
Each year Calvin is enriched by its international students; they add a global perspective to life at Calvin in and out of the classroom. And each year Calvin's international students present a gift to the community with a talent and variety show they call Rangeela. This year the show, to be called "Unity in Diversity," will be held twice since in past years it has always sold out early. Rangeela will be February 21 and 22 in the Fine Arts Center at Calvin at 8 p.m. both evenings.
The word Rangeela mean "colorful" and annually Rangeela is colorful in many senses of the word. Costumes often feature dress native to the countries of the performers and they are vivid and striking in their detail. Music is flavored with the beats of many different cultures. And the faces of the performers represent all of the colors of God's earthly Kingdom.
Rangeela organizers bill the two hour show as "a trip around the world in one night." For 2003 that trip around the world will include such stops as Asia, including Korea, Japan and China; Africa; the Americas; and Europe. Acts will include dances from such countries as Korea and Cambodia, a play from India, a song from Ghana and more.
Students who participate in Rangeela says they want Calvin to support Rangeela but also want Grand Rapids in general to attend, promising a night of cultural enrichment to all who attend.
Rangeela will begin at 8 pm each evening on Fenruary 21 and February 22. Tickets are just $3 for students and $5 for adults and available at the Calvin Box Office or by calling 616-957-6282. All tickets are reserved and are on sale now.