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April 13th 2013: Basant ~ Jashn-e-Baharaan

Basant is the Hindu celebration of the first day of spring. On this day, the arrival of spring is celebrated with grand festivities and kite-flying. Though a Hindu festival, the Sufi tradition also brought this celebration to Muslim communities of South Asia. In Pakistan, Basant is called Jashn-e-Bahaaran, meaning the Celebration of Spring.

Kite-flying is a beautiful sport integral to many Asian cultures. In Afghanistan, the kite-fighting sport Gudiparan bazi is played with special kites used to fight and cut opponent’s kites. Severed kites are chased after as they fall from the sky and retrieved to be kept as trophies, a practice called kite-running. Dashain in Nepal brings hundreds to their roofs shouting “Changa kat!!” when someone cuts down a kite. In Bangladesh, kites are flown from rooftops to celebrate Shakrain. The joy of kite-flying is one shared not only by South Asians, but also by East Asians. China’s Fengzheng, Korea’s Bang-Pae Yeon and Japan’s Nagasaki Hata are like the Indian Patang: kites flown across nations to herald festivity. Across borders, in Asia and throughout the world, colorful kites are flown high into the sky to express joy.

Saga hosted the first kite-flying festival at Yale to share another beautiful South Asian tradition and celebrate the coming of Spring. 


March 3rd & March 9th, 2013: The Parallel Cinema Series


Parallel Cinema has always offered unique perspectives and brought discussion of life’s realities to the silver screen. SAGA hosted two movie screenings  tof movies that are just a sample of some of the very best of Indian Parallel Cinema. Many guests joined in to take a break from studying and work and enjoyed delicious pizza while watching some of the gems of the Indian silver screen.


Sunday, March 3rd, 5-8 pm: Pushpak (1987, Singeetham Srinivasa Rao)

A silent, dark comedy of mistaken identity and the pursuit of love.



Saturday, March 9th 5-8 pm: Pather Panchali (1955, Satyajit Ray)

A film about a young child, Apu, and his life in a village set in 1920s Bengal. A poignant classic depicting the austerities of poverty interweaved with the bittersweet, simple joys of childhood.







March 1st, 2013: Nrityanjali: A Showcase of Indian Classical Dance




This spectacular SAGA presentation was an evening of performances showcasing some of the various forms of dance from across the Indian subcontinent. The audience was  taken on a delightful journey through the arts, featuring:

Odissi performance by Priyadarshini Roy
Kathak performance by Shefali Jain
Bharatnatyam performance by Sisira Gorthala & Sakshi Kumar
Kuchipudi performance by Rohini Reddy

A delicious dinner was  served at the reception following the show.






February 22nd, 2013: Bollywood Karaoke Night!!


An amazing start to 2013! Everyone joined in to sing evergreen hits,  golden oldies and the fast-paced witty lyrics of modern Bollywood music — we ran out of showtime! FREE drinks and  delicious food from Zaroka were served along with the best of Bollywood songs. This night saw some wonderful talent, and was a huge hit!

Sponsored by: OISS

Catering by Zaroka Restaurant

Photography by Pradeep Kumar Dollin.

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The biggest party of 2012! SAGA members danced the night away to the hottest Bhangra and Bollywood hits by DJ Vishal.

Sponsored by: GPSS, SASC

Catering by Swagat Restaurant

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November-December 2012: “Time Ho Gaya Hai: Pack Up!”

Remembering Rajesh Khanna, A Retrospective Film Series



SAGA hosted a series of film screenings in tribute to Bollywood’s first superstar, Rajesh Khanna.

Film screenings included:

Bawarchi (1972)

Kati Patang (1970)

The Train (1970)

Kudrat (1981)

Snacks & chai were provided at all screenings as a generous sponsorship from:

Sitar Restaurant, Cumin IndiaSwagat Restaurant & Thali Too

Sponsored by: SASC











October 26th, 2012: NAVRATRI RAAS-GARBA 


A colorful night of dancing, music and delicious South Asian street food, featuring authentic traditional Garba music by the Dhimant Pandya Group, and Yale’s own Garba-Raas dance team Raas.

Durga Aarti was performed, and more than 300 guests danced the night away to Dandiya beats and Garba!

Sponsored by: GPSS

Catering by Zaroka Restaurant

Photography by Pradeep Kumar Dollin.

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September 26th, 2012: THE FALL RECEPTION


SAGA’s first event of the year, The Fall Reception, was held at Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse

Avenue from 7:30 – 10 pm.

More than 250 students, scholars and faculty attended this highly successful event.

We were honored with the presence of our special guests Seema Khurana, SAGA Faculty Advisor, and Dr. Siviramakrishnan, Chair of the South Asian Studies Council.


Sponsored by: SASC, OISS, GPSS, Graduate Student Life @ McDougal

Catering by Zaroka Restaurant

Photography by Tigi Kuttamperoor

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