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Blair debonair at Cultural Rhythms

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Chun-Sa Dance
In a riot of green and crimson, Joohee Lee ’02 and other members of the Chun-Sa Dance Troupe perform a fanciful dance with the Han Ma-Eum Drum Troupe. (Staff photo by Stephanie Mitchell)
Vocalist Mallika Mundkur ’04 and guitarist Michael Ramos ’04, both of Taraana, Harvard’s South Asian music group, perform. (Staff photo by Stephanie Mitchell)

A famously handsome former star of “L.A. Law” and future co-star of Julia Roberts was the emcee at the 17th annual Cultural Rhythms festival. Actor, director, and producer Blair Underwood accepted the honor of 2002 Artist of the Year by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, which is headed by S. Allen Counter. In a packed Sanders Theatre, President Lawrence H. Summers and Harvard College Dean Harry R. Lewis presented Underwood with a plaque in his honor.The debonair Blair then took charge of a dazzling celebration of performing arts from around the world.

The event featured student groups performing dances and songs from a wide and stunning variety of traditions. The groups included the Kuumba Singers, Phillipine Forum, the Asian-American Dance Troupe, and Fuerza Latina.

Harvard College Dean Harry R. Lewis (left) and Harvard Foundation Director S. Allen Counter with a tuneful Blair Underwood. (Staff photo by Stephanie Mitchell)