Dhol Baaje is UTSAV’s annual celebration of the Hindu festival of Navratri. Traditionally, this festival is celebrated with traditional music and dancing of raas and garba styles – at Dhol Baaje (which translates to “Play the Drum”), we play a large selection of garba and raas music and invite the Northeastern community to celebrate with us! The event also includes a small Hindu prayer ceremony in which all are invited to participate, regardless of individual faith. As one of our first major events of the fall semester, it is a great way for general body members to reconnect as well as meet new people, all while enjoying the sights and sounds of Navratri and dancing the night away.
Diwali is the Festival of Lights, celebrating the triumph of good over evil. It is one of the most prominent holidays of the Hindu, Jain, and Sikh religions, celebrated annually around the world. Similarly, Eid is one of the most prominent holidays of Islam, celebrating the end of Ramdan, a month of fasting. UTSAV holds this dinner annually to provide a place for students to come together and celebrate their religious and cultural backgrounds. We also host representative speakers from each of these four religions to explain the significance of these holidays. This event has sold out within hours in the past two years and is one of our general body’s favorites!
Dance 4 Me
Dance 4 Me is the largest dance showcase fundraiser held at Northeastern University. Hosted as a collaboration between various cultural and social organizations on campus, Dance 4 Me features performances from all of these groups, as well as from competitive dance teams such as Revolve Dance Crew and Rangila Rhythms. Last year, Dance 4 Me was able to raise over $3.300 for Americares to benefit the Puerto Rico Hurricane relief effort. Every year we choose a new charity to benefit and a large part of the Northeastern community comes together to support Dance 4 Me.
South Asian Week
South Asian Week is a week-long celebration of South Asian culture, promoting awareness and creating excitement! Throughout the week, UTSAV hosts multiple events with the aim of bringing our general body and the greater Northeastern community together over South Asian heritage. We create spaces for meaningful discussions, hold fun dance workshops, and host influential guests – some of our guests have included Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, Deepa Iyer, author of We Too Sing America, Rupi Kaur, author of Milk and Honey, Hari Kondabolu, a successful comedian often compared to Aziz Ansari and, most recently Kal Penn, an actor, comedian and former civil servant under President Obama. South Asian Week is our chance to share and celebrate our culture with the entire Northeastern community.
Last year we celebrated the 27th year of Nataraj, the annual South Asian showcase which celebrates the vibrant cultures of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Nepal. Working with Northeastern Greek life, dance teams, and our general body, we put on a show that has sold out Blackman auditorium for the past four years. This is is the only opportunity for members of our community to sing, dance, and celebrate our roots onstage, form lasting friendships, and share our culture with students of the Northeastern community. For many of our members, it is the highlight of the Spring semester and one of the most memorable aspects of their time at Northeastern.
Holi is the Hindu festival of colors, celebrating a plentiful harvest and the triumph of good over evil. Celebrated all across South Asia, this celebration welcomes spring and is a great way for the Northeastern community to have fun as the year wraps up! On Centennial Commons, Northeastern students gather to celebrate by throwing colored powder and playing Holi, with food and music!