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
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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

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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