The South Asian Student Association of Texas Tech University was developed by the original founders in 2003. Since then this organization sets out to celebrate the South Asian cultures of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka through music, dance, holiday celebrations, and various social issues that impact the South Asian identity at Texas Tech University and the surrounding community. We intend to provide fun and educational social and service activities for all the Texas Tech University members. SASA intends to promote identity and unity among the South Asian population of Texas Tech University. The South Asian Student Association is open to all people who wish to participate in the fun and excitement that surrounds the group. We reach out to all members of the Texas Tech community, encouraging true cultural unity by celebrating our differences.
Our two biggest events each year are the Raas/Bhangra Night and the Holi Festival. Raas/Bhangra night, which usually occurs mid Novemeber of each year, is a celebration and depiction of common traditional dances in the South Asian culture. This night is filled with fun lively South Asian music in which guests are encouraged to participate and learn the various dances including garba, raas and bhangra.
Every March, the members of SASA and various member of the Texas Tech community eagerly wait for this one cultural event, HOLI, the Festival of Colors. This event celebrates the ancient Indian story of the triumph of good over evil. The event usually begins cultural performances and officially starts when the powder packets are open and everyone in the crowd is splashed with rainbows of color. This event brings in hundreds of people from the Texas Tech community and has seen nothing but growth over the past few years.
While the South Asian Student Association remains active in many philanthropic services, this organization’s main focus is to bring awareness and continual support to a prominent problem in our world: Poverty. The members of SASA dedicate a whole week to raise awareness and funds to help diminish this problem in our local community as well as our surrounding countries. All the funds collected are sent to various worldwide charities dedicated to help stop poverty.