13th November, 2015

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Make a Rangoli : A traditonal Indian Art event

SAGA, in association with the McDougal Graduate Student Life and the Chaplain's Office, organized a Rangoli making event. We were heartened to see the overwhelming participation of Yale community (with their families). It was the first time that we organized such a program and with the positive response that we received, we are encouraged to make this an annual SAGA event! Due to our combined efforts the outcome of the event was breathtakingly beautiful. For one night, the Sterling Memorial courtyard was an enchanting riot of colors. SAGA would like to thank all of you for making this event a wonderful experience for us. Pictures from the event can be viewed on this link:
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Navratri Garba Night hosted by SAGA

Last month SAGA hosted the popular annual Navratri Garba Night. We saw an attendance of over 220 people, which is unprecedented! Yale RAAS team guided everyone through the steps of Garba and Raas and Yale Kala gave a beautiful Bharatnatyam performance. Yale SAS team provided some wonderful dance beats. Yale HSC conducted a simple and elegant Devi aarti. Once again, we thank all of you for being a part of this exciting event and adding more color, more laughter, more beauty and enthusiastic dancing to the night. Pictures from the event can be viewed on this link:

Roshni: a South Asian cultural showcase

Roshni, the biggest South Asian cultural showcase on campus will be held on 13 November (Friday). Enjoy an evening of dance, music and much more! All are invited! Organized by the South Asian Society (SAS). There will be hilarious MC's, class acts, and a performance by the Graduate Association. Performance groups include Bhangra, Bollywood fusion, Raas, kala, as well as Sur et Veritaal. The event is free of cost. RSVP at the link given below.

Date: 13th November, 2015 (Friday)

Time: 7PM

Venue: Woolsey Hall

RSVP at :

Food reception in the rotunda will start at 6:15 PM. $2 for samosas, pakoras and Insomnia cookies. Traditional South Asian attire is encouraged as there will be a photographer!

If you find yourself wanting to get up out of your seats and bust a move during the amazing dance acts in Roshni, here's your chance to dance the night away with SAS and all your friends to the beats of DJ AJ! Attend the Roshni Afterparty at Kelly's Gastropub:

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Nrityanjali: Traversing India through the classical dances

Nrityanjali is a classical dance program that will witness many professional classical dancers of various Indian classical dance genre performing on stage at Harkness Auditorium in the Yale Medical School.

The event is free of cost, but some donation ($5-$10) are encouraged to bear the travel expenses of the artists from distant parts of USA.

Date: 21st November, 2015 (Saturday)

Time: 4.00PM - 7.00PM

Venue: Harkness Auditorium, Medical School Campus, 333 Cedar St.

If you want to know more about the event, please contact Dr. Ashok Chakraborty at

How the semester went by..

Many of you may have got to know about SAGA this year through our stall at the Graduate Fair in August where we served delicious mini samosas and chatted with students about our organization. Since then, our board has been working tirelessly to organize a host of events. We, with help from other student groups, hosted a Welcome Reception in September, a Rangoli making event in October and finally the Garba night. Additionally, we helped SASC, SAS, and HSC in their events so that all of us could bring to you a variety of south Asian festivals to celebrate. We also started publishing this monthly Newsletter to ensure that no one missed participating in the different cultural activities that were happening all over campus. We hope that you enjoyed these programs as much as we did.

SAGA as a team would love to organize more fun events like these, but to do so we need your feedback and suggestions. Please feel free to email us/post on our facebook page what you thought of the event(s) that you attended and what kind of events you would like SAGA to host in the future. All comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Your encouragement would boost us to keep working hard and your suggestions will help us plan better.

With this, SAGA concludes its activities for this semester. We have many plans for the coming semester, so stay tuned! Have a happy festive season and a cozy winter!

About Us:

The South Asian Graduate and Professional Association (SAGA) is a graduate student organization at Yale that tries to organize events and celebrate festivals associated with the South Asian community to add to the cultural diversity at Yale campus. Its membership is open to all members of Yale irrespective.

If you wish to publicize any South Asia related event through our newsletter, please email us 2 weeks in advance.