South Asian Student Association

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"The South Asian Student Association (SASA) is an undergraduate student organization at the College of William and Mary dedicated to promoting cultural identity, unity and awareness in the college community and among its members. It is one of the College’s multicultural organizations, consisting of members with heritage from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and other South Asian countries, and members with an interest in learning about South Asian culture. The South Asian Student Association was previously known as the Indian Cultural Association (ICA). ICA was founded by students Abita Sachdev (‘93) and Raxa Desai (‘92) in 1991. ICA was renamed SASA in 2002 to better represent its members.

Main Objectives of the Organization

  • Educate the William and Mary community about South Asian heritage through educational, charitable, and social events

  • Encourage students to learn, experience and continue South Asian culture

  • Present forums to address critical issues that pertain to South Asian students living in the United States

  • Provide a nurturing and positive atmosphere for members of the College community interested in learning more about South Asian culture

Executive Board and Membership

  • 1991 – 1992

32 members

Co-Presidents: Abita Sachdev, Raxa Desai Treasurer: Soumya Viswanathan Secretary: Saroj Sheshadri Publicity Chair: Brian Caton Social Committee: Shefali Sharma, Nadini Koka

  • 1992 – 1993

42 members

President: Abita Sachdev Vice President: Soumya Viswanathan Treasurer: Fiasal Riaz Secretary: Shawn Sharma Asian Student Union Representative: Nidhi Singh Publicity Chair: Saroj Sheshadri Social Chair: Jaya Chimnani

  • 1993 – 1994

28 members

  • 1994 – 1995

57 members

  • 1995 – 1996

61 members

President: Dharmesh Vashee
 Treasurer: Rafay Alam Secretary: Harshad Daswani Publicity: Sarah Watson Asian Student Union Representatives: Kaustuv Chakrabarti, Crisha Chachra Social Chair: Nisha Rao

  • 1996 – 1997

83 members 

  • 1997 – 1998

58 members

President: Maria Iqbal
 Vice President: Arti Shah Secretary: Taha Haidermota Treasurer: Pamela Kanal Publicity: Gazala Ashraf, Rabia Tajuddin Historian: Sarah Watson

  • 1998 – 1999

President: Kulwant Singh

  • 2001 – 2002

President: Davina Vaswani Officers: Hamza Azim, Joshbeen Grewal, Martha-Alice Kiger, Nirav Mehta, Kishor Nagula, Nisha Patel, Rehana Raza, Amola Shertukde

  • 2002 – 2003

President: Harsha Nagaraja VP: Rehana Raza Secretary: Nisha Patel Treasurer: Palak Oza Publicity: Dnyanesh Kamat Historians: Nirav Mehta, Ahsan Iqbal Webmaster: Devang Patel

  • 2003 – 2004

President: Davina Vaswani VP: Harsha Nagaraja Secretary: Amol Patel Treasurer: Palak Oza Publicity Chairs: Amola Shertukde, Vivek Ramakrishnan Webmaster: Devang Patel Social Chairs: Neha Patodia, Richa Gandhi Historian: Shivani Desai Freshman Rep: Nadina Perera Webmaster: Devang Patel

  • 2004 – 2005

President: Etaf Khan VP: Shivani Desai Treasurer: Richa Gandhi Secretary: Amol Patel Social Chair: Meera Doraiswamy Public Relations: Akshay Jakatdat, Krishnan Vasudevan

  • 2012 – 2013

President: Prateek Reddy ‘13 Vice President: Pratik Thakral ‘13 Secretary: Nuha Naqvi ‘15 Treasurer: Sitara Sundar ‘15 Social Chair: Konark Bhasin ‘14 Public Relations Co-Chair: Hareesh Nagaraj ‘15 Public Relations Co-Chair: Shyam Menon ‘14Historian: Sonia Talegaonkar ‘15Outreach Chair: Soumya Tippireddy ‘15Freshman Representative: Sudeep Kalkunte ‘16Expressions Co-Chair: Deepak Chitnis ‘13Expressions Co-Chair: Richa Patel ‘15NKD Co-Chair: Harmeet Kamboj ‘16NKD Co-Chair: Bindu Sagiraju ‘15

Annual Events


Expressions is SASA's largest annual performance and entertainment night which occurs every year in the fall semester. ICA began hosting the Expressions Night to celebrate Indian culture with Indian food and entertainment. SASA expanded Expressions Night to include celebration of cultures from South Asia in 2002.

  • 1994 – “Expressions of India: An Evening of Indian Food and Entertainment” on Oct. 22, 7 p.m. in Tidewater

  • 1996 – “Expressions of India: An Evening of Indian Food and Entertainment” on Nov. 9, 7 p.m. in Chesapeake

  • 1997 – “Expressions of India: An Evening of Indian Food and Entertainment” on Nov. 15, 7 p.m. in Trinkle Hall

  • 1998 – “Expressions of India: An Evening of Indian Food and Entertainment” on Nov. 7 in Chesapeake

  • 1999 – “Expressions of India: An Evening of Indian Food and Entertainment” on Nov. 12 in Chesapeake 

  • 2001 – “Expressions of India: An Evening of Indian Food and Entertainment” on Nov. 9

  • 2002 – “Expressions: A Celebration of Cultures from South Asia”

  • 2007 – “Expressions: A Balancing Act”

  • 2011 – “Expressions: The Princess and the Frog Goa Edition” on Nov. 11 in Commonwealth

Nach Ke Dikha (NKD)

Nach Ke Dikha is an annual intercollegiate Bhangra & Fusion Dance Competition hosted by SASA and William and Mary. SASA began hosting NKD in 2011.

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