What is SAA, anyway?
Welcome to the Harvard South Asian Association Website! Since 1986, our organization has brought the Harvard community closer to South Asia and its Diaspora through academic, political, social, outreach and cultural initiatives. With over 300 members spanning myriad ethnicities, religions, and interests, the South Asian Association (SAA) is one of the largest and most active student groups on campus, putting on over 100 different events each year to celebrate and foster awareness of South Asia. As part of our continued effort to promote understanding of South Asian academic and political issues, we have hosted numerous discussions with esteemed faculty members, public figures, business leaders, artists and authors on campus, while also working to expand the focus of South Asia in the undergraduate curriculum. Every year, we seek to bring members of SAA closer together through a variety of social events, including weekly chai, parties and study breaks, allowing members to create friendships that will last long beyond their time at Harvard. Recognizing the unique role college students can play in development and community-building, SAA members serve communities within the Subcontinent and Diaspora by fundraising, interning with NGOs, and conducting other outreach efforts. Through high quality student-produced performances and dynamic workshops, SAA brings the culture of South Asia to Harvard. In fact, the hallmark of the year for SAA is its annual cultural show called Ghungroo, and celebrated its 24th anniversary in March 2012. Without a doubt, Ghungroo is one of the largest and most widely acclaimed shows at Harvard. With over 300 Harvard undergraduates directing, producing and performing a wide variety of dances, musical selections, dramatic pieces and poetry inspired by the traditions of South Asia, Ghungroo conveys the strength, enthusiasm and energy of our members.
Since its inception, SAA's size has grown with its scope. With activities and events ranging from the South Asian Journal, our journal of South Asian political and economic affairs, to Andaaz, a biennial South Asian Fashion show, SAA has expanded to reach out to students across Harvard's campus and beyond. We hope you take the time to explore this website and the many facets of SAA and our affiliate groups. There are many ways to get involved with the community from joining the leadership, to performing in shows or joining a planning committee. If there is something you'd like to see SAA do, don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We greatly appreciate your interest in our organization and the South Asian initiatives at Harvard.