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More social, more culture, more frequent. These are our promises to our members. If you have any ideas of what you want to see this year, please get in touch with Simren or Kannika, our Ents Officers.

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CU IndiaSoc AGM 2015 - Monday 9th March 2015 19:00pm - 21:00pm

Queen's Building Lecture Theatre, Emmanuel College

It is that time of year again, an incredible IndiaSoc year has flown buy and it’s time for our Annual General Meeting (AGM). The IndiaSoc Committee have thoroughly enjoyed this past year and hope you will join us at our very last event as the 2014-2015 committee. The evening will be split into 2 parts: First, a review and discussion of our year – your opportunity to give us feedback on what we’ve done well and not so well in order to make the society better. Second, Hustings for the new IndiaSoc Committee 2015-16! This is your chance to get involved with IndiaSoc and apply for a position on the Committee for one of the biggest and best societies in Cambridge! more...

CU IndiaSoc Chaat Night - FREE FOR MEMBERS - Saturday 7th March 2015 18:30pm - 21:30pm

Cambridge University Graduate Union, Mill Street

The CU India Soc Committee 2014-15 would like to invite you to join them in their last social event of their year. Come and enjoy tasty Indian food and cooling refreshments whilst mingling with other guests. The menu for the night will be Idli, Sambhar and Chutneys, Cholle Tikki Chaat and Dahi Vada. FREE FOR MEMBERS, £5 FOR NON-MEMBERS. We really advise you to arrive by 6.45pm as we anticipate this will be a popular event! Food will run out quickly! more...

Guest Speaker Event: Dr Antara Haldar - "Bread and Roses: Law, Labour and Development in the Context of the 'Gujarat Model' - Thursday 5th March 2015 18:00pm - 19:30pm

Queen's Building Lecture Theatre, Emmanuel College

Join CUIS in warmly welcoming Dr Antara Haldar, a highly esteemed law professor specialising in the relationship between economics, development and legal theory. The talk, followed by a discussion, will illuminate upon her current research, critically evaluating the ‘Gujarat model’ through the lens of law and development theory. Don’t miss the intellectually stimulating and thought-provoking discussion. more...

❀ MAYA ❀ CU India Society's Ball 2015 - Sunday 22nd February 6:00pm - late

The Guildhall, Cambridge

Let us take you on a journey through India, immerse yourself in its rich and unparalleled culture. Be welcomed to your Mahal at our majestic drinks reception, before dining like Rajas and Ranis on the finest culinary selection on this side of Delhi whilst enjoying a grandiose display of entertainment and raw Indian talent. Dance the night away to an explosion of vibrant rhythms of Bollywood, Bhangra and Urban music. more...

IndiaSoc Club Night - Sunday 23rd November 2014 22:00pm - late

Fez Club

Missing those great old skool sounds or the newest Hip-Hop? Or just fed up of all the cheesy music? Need some Bhangra tunes? Come and join us for some massive Hip-Hop, R'n'B and Bhangra tunes at our IndiaSoc club night! Tickets are £4 and each ticket bought gets entered into a draw for a bottle of champagne on the night! Buy your wristbands off any of the committee members before the event! more...

Guest Speaker Event: Dr Ankur Barua - "Hinduism and Cosmopolitanism: A Disputed Connection" - Thursday 13th November 2014 18:00pm - 19:30pm

Old Library, Emmanuel College

Hinduism: the source of democracy, social justice and human rights or are the realities of Hindu social life structured by an iron cage of socio-ethnic discrimination? Dr Ankur Barua, a scholar of Hindu Studies, will be discussing one of the most contested themes in Hindu Studies: the relation between Hindu thought and cosmopolitanism. He will examine some of the classical Hindu origins of ‘the caste question’, ‘the gender question,’ and ‘the minority question’ in relation to the ambiguities of classical and medieval Hindu thought. Don’t miss what is sure to be a thought-provoking and illuminating talk. more...

Chai Brunch - Sunday 16th November 2014 11:00am - 2:00pm

Barbara White Room, Newnham College

Join us for a lovely Sunday brunch to say goodbye to the week 5 blues, Indian style! There will be an abundance of food, chai and good company. Tickets to be bought on the door, only £3 members/£4 non-members. more...

Documentary and Discussion: In Search of Gandhi - Monday 3rd November 2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Sidgwick Hall, Newhnam College

Join us for a screening of ‘In Search of Gandhi,’ a thrilling documentary following Mahatma Gandhi’s famous salt march, the extraordinary mass campaign that spurred ordinary Indians to join the non-violent struggle for democracy and freedom. Although inspired by a historical event, ‘In Search of Gandhi’ is not a journey back in time. Instead it is a search for the present and future of democracy in India. more...

Fresher's Formal 2014 - Wednesday 29th October 2014 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Queens' College

Calling all freshers! Meet other freshers and your current India Soc committee over a three course meal in candlelight at what promises to be a fun night. Spaces are very limited and tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis so book now! more...

Vaults Cocktail Night 2014 - Wednesday 15th October 2014 8:00pm - 11:00pm

The Vaults

Fancy a few mid-week cocktails with some friends? Why not come down to our Vaults cocktail night! Come and enjoy a relaxed evening with members from all years. Invite your friends, we hope to see you all there! more...

Fresher's Squash 2014 - Sunday 12th October 2014 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Sidgwick Hall, Newnham College

A great opportunity for all the Freshers to meet the India Soc committee, members across the years and of course... meet the other Freshers! You can also find out more about the amazing events we have planned for you this year! Snacks and drinks will be provided, so just bring yourself! Even if you have only 10 minutes to spare, pop by and say hi! more...

Fresher's Fair 2014 - Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th October 2014 10:00am - 5:00pm

Parker's Piece & Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre

The largest event of the year for students to find out what activities and opportunities there are at Cambridge. Come meet the India Soc Committee, discover what we are all about and challenge one of us to chilli eating...


Masti Garden Party 2014 - Thursday 19th June 2014 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Come and lose yourself in an Indian wonderland, indulge in the authentic street food of India whilst sipping on some refreshing cocktails. Relax in the sunshine, listen to live music, adorn yourself with henna or even enjoy traditional and modern games. And if that isn't enough to tempt you we even have gladiator jousts! Cambridge University India Society's annual May Week garden party 'Masti' will not disappoint! more...

Annual Ball 2014: Aasha - Saturday 1st March 2014 6pm

Join us for an experience like no other, and immerse yourself in the rich and unparalleled culture of India. Be welecomed like a Maharaja at our majestic drinks reception, before joining us for the finest culinary selection this side of Delhi, and a grandiose display of entertainment and raw Indian talent. Dance the night away to an explosion of vibrant rhythms of Bollywood, Bhangra and Urban music. more...

CREEM vs India Soc Club Night - Tuesday 18th February 2014

CREEM & India Soc have teamed up for a one-off spectacular this February. A soundtrack of the best Hip-Hop, R&B, Bhangra & Bollywood. more...

Republic Day Formal at Robinson - Tuesday 11th February 2014

This is an event where attendees will be able to enjoy fine cuisine at Robinson College, and commemorate the day on which the Constitution of India resulted in the nation becoming a full Republic. After dinner, we shall be resuming the celebration at the JCR where a selection of entertainment will be provided. more...

Charity Chaat Night - Saturday 18th January 2014 7pm

Join us for a fun start to your Lent term at the Grad Union at India Soc's first ever CHARITY CHAAT NIGHT! It's our pleasure to announce that all proceeds and donation will go to the latest charity CUIS is supporting: Woman In Need. more...

Sriya Iyer: "The Economies of Religion in India" - Monday 2nd December 2013 7pm

Ever thought about the wider impact of religion in India? About its role in economic development? Join CUIS for a talk by Sriya Iyer, a College Lecturer in Economics at St Catharine's and an Isaac Newton Trust Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Economics. more...

Bollywood Film Night: "Dostana" - Friday 22nd November 2013 7:30pm

Join us at the latest CUIS Bollywood Film Night! Dostana (2008) is a romantic comedy, starring Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra, filmed entirely in Miami. more...

Bollywood Film Night: "Don" - Friday 1st November 2013 7pm

Join us for our latest addition to the CUIS calendar - Bollywood Film Nights! This week we'll be screening Don, so come along if you want a dose of Indian fun before the Diwali weekend. Don is a blockbuster action thrilled with the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Arjun Rampal. Watch how the very average Vijay slips in the guise of Don, the criminal mastermind. Can he outsmart the nexus of evil himself? more...

Meet and Greet - Wednesday 23rd October 2013 8pm - 11pm

CUIS are proud to host our first social of the year, our Meet and Greet at The Vaults. Come and enjoy a relaxed evening with members from all years and backgrounds, and half price cocktails! more...


VIBE in association with Mass Appeal - Monday 26th November 2012

A great way to celebrate the end of term with R'N'B, HIP-HOP, BHANGRA and BOLLYWOOD playing all night long! With excellent drinks deals, this promises to be a highlight of the term! more...

Jay Lakhani - Religion and Culture: the effects on India's people - Tuesday 20th November 2012 7:30pm

Throughout its history, religion has been a major part of the country's culture; it is the birthplace of four of India's major religions, namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. At present, India encompasses religious tolerance and sees all religions thrive from Hinduism to Islam, Christianity to Sikhism. Join us for a talk by Jay Lakhani, who, since attaining his MSc in Quantum Mechanics and retiring from running his family business, has come to represent Hinduism through the media. From published books to advising government and university bodies to giving talks on Science and Spirituality, he has established himself in this field. As an established speaker on Hinduism and spirituality, he will be tackling our subject and exploring the influences of religion on India. more...


Kishwar Desai - "India: No Country for Women?" - Tuesday 6th November 2012 7:30pm

Kishwar Desai is the award winning author of "Witness the Night", which won the Costa First Novel Award in 2010. It covers the controversial issue of female foeticide in India. Her new book is called "Origins of Love" and is about the surrogacy industry in India. Kishwar speaks on gender issues in India under the title 'India: No country for women?'. more...


"Enigma" Club Night - Monday 15th October 2012

A BRAND NEW CLUB NIGHT with the very best in R'N'B, HIP-HOP, BHANGRA and BOLLYWOOD playing all night long! The ONLY fusion night in town promises to be a highlight of the term! more...



Masti Garden Party 2012

CU India Society are extremely excited to invite you to 'MASTI', our annual garden party!
With some great ents, delicious Indian food and free-flowing drinks to look forward to,
MASTI promises to be the perfect ending to your May Week! more...


Discussion Forum: Caste in Britain

Date: Monday 21st May 2012
Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Elton Bowring Room, Clare College

Caste has proven a divisive issue for Indians in the UK. CU India Society brings you views from both sides of the table
Is legislation an effective tool for solving issues surrounding caste discrimination in UK? more...


Annual General Meeting

When: Tuesday 13th March 2012
Time: 7:30 - 9.30pm
Venue: Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex


Annual Charity Ball 2012: Kahaani

When: Saturday 3rd March 2012
6:00pm - 1:00am
Venue: The Guildhall, Cambridge
Price: £36 (members), £40 (student non-members), £45 (non-students)
Dress code: Traditional/Black Tie

A night to discover stories, epics and legends


Speaker Event: Farokh Engineer

When: Thursday 16th February 2012
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Venue: Queen's Auditorium, Emmanuel College
Prices: £2 (members), £3 (non-members)


Speaker Event: Lord Karan Bilimoria

When: Tuesday 7th February 2012
Venue: Trinity Hall Lecture Theatre
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Prices: £2 (members), £3 (non-members)


Republic Day Celebrations

When: Saturday 4th February 2012
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex

In affiliation with CU Hindu Cultural Society


Maaya, CU India Society's Annual Ball

When: Saturday 5th March 2011
6pm -1am
Guildhall, Cambridge
£36 members, £39 non-members

Film Night: Band Baaja Baraat

When: Thursday 17th February 2011
8pm start
Bateman Auditorium, Caius College

>>> PULSE <<<

When: Monday 7th February 2011
10pm till Late
The Place aka Life
£3 members in advance, £5 else

Find our resident DJ Vish on the decks bringing you the best in Funky, Hip-Hop, Chart and Bhangra – not forgetting the all important cheesy Bollywood. The ONLY night in Cambridge offering a fusion of beats on the dance floor.

Come down with your friends, enjoy the music, have a few drinks in one of the booths then get down and dirty on the dance floor...

Take advantage of the great student priced drinks all night long with 2-4-1 on cocktails, double up for £1.50 and more for only £5 for advanced wristbands (£3 for India Soc members bought from the committee), more on the door.

Film Night: Rang De Basanti

When: Thursday 3rd February 2011
8pm start
Bateman Auditorium, Caius College

Indian Republic Day Celebrations

When: Sunday 30th January 2011
4pm - 7pm
Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College

Republic day marks the transition of India from a British dominion to an independent republic with its own constitution on the 26th January 1950. It is one of the three national holidays in India and while the main parade, Republic Day Parade, takes place at the Rajpath, in the national capital New Delhi, where the President views the parade, state capitals also have their state celebrations. On Sunday 30th January, we too will be celebrating this momentous day in our own way!

The renowned Dr Gordon Johnson will be giving a short talk as part of our celebration. He is a prominent British historian of colonial India and his main interests are the history of India since the late eighteenth century and the more recent history of the University of Cambridge. Among his many other activities are editor of the "New Cambridge History of India", and President of Wolfson College, Cambridge until 2010. His publications include "The Cultural Atlas of India" and "University Politics: F.M.Cornford's Cambridge".

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