So the SASA (South Asian Student Association) show was this year, the Friday before spring break. This is a culturally-centered show that revolves around the desi people of South Asia and their culture(s) (a quick Wikipedia search will tell you that “Desi [d̪eːsi] is a term for the people, cultures, and products of the Indian subcontinent or South Asia…Desi nations include India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Burma, Nepal and the Maldives”).
The SASA show this year was chock-full of different dances, singing, and comedic acts, hosted by the very talented Anand Pasta and Tasneea Tayeb. It was officially photographed by ICON Photography (the pictures I used in this post).
Anand and Tasneea did a great job keeping the show going, as they have been for the past 3 shows. Many inside jokes, including references to movies, famous actors, scenes from shows, and plain old corny jokes (PK anyone?) were made (75%-99% of them I didn’t understand and I wish I did), and of course the crowd loved it.
This was the first time that I participated in the SASA show myself; I sang Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” and also participated in the fashion show (me and my partner uptown-funked our way on stage with my shirvani and her salwar kameez.
The fashion show showcased many different couples dancing and moving along to their 30-second song of choice in a sequential order. As each couple approached the stage and the song was played, the audience roared in applause when they recognized either song or couple. The fashion show was a great way to sort of expose every member of the audience to different cultural dresses and styles which they may have not seen before.
We had different dances by different groups, such as “Taz Girls” which performed one heck of performance, a mixture of both traditional music and modern hip hop and beats, complete with the nae nae (at which I personally gave an extra amount of applause and woot-woot-ing).
All throughout the show, little fun tidbits such as trivia questions and other interactions with the audience kept everyone more captivated and engrossed than they already were, and a constant fun and happy atmosphere was kept in the room.
My personal favorite dance of the night was performed by Junoon, as they incorporated story, song, and dance into one great ending for the show. S/O to Roshan for being a stud.
Last but not least, let’s not forget the tons of amazing food after the show that (I know) everyone looked forward to, cuisine straight from the revered Aman’s Bistro. S/O to Azhar for being the first guy in line.
All in all, I definitely had a lot of fun at the show this year. I got to enjoy it with my best friend, friends, and family, and if you did somehow miss the show this year for whatever reason (we can’t be friends) I highly recommend going next year (as you can see, I highly recommend it, so you have to go now). It is always great to expose ourselves to cultures and lifestyles different from our own (as we saw with Aló Brasil) in order to better ourselves as people and be more accepting and open to things outside our comfort zone.