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Passage to India

India Club celebrates the culture of South Asia

When it was organized 32 years ago, the BU India Club (BUIC) hoped to bring together people of South Asian descent from around the Boston area to meet and network. Today, BUIC is the largest cultural group on campus, with more than 250 active members and over 1,000 alumni.

The club hosts meetings, community service events, dinners, basketball tournaments, and festivals. But its flagship events are the cultural shows members stage each fall and spring. This year’s fall festival, Rangeela, drew a crowd of several hundred. The event showcased Indian dance teams performing classical Indian dance, as well as other styles, such as garba raas, bhangra, and hip-hop fusion. The Hindi-fusion a cappella group Suno also performed.

While the club promotes South Asian music, dance, and fashion, it’s open to students of any denomination or ethnicity. Interested in joining BUIC? Email BUIndiaClub@gmail.com. You can also join the India Club’s Facebook group.

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5 Comments on Passage to India

  • charlette on 12.03.2013 at 10:31 am

    BUIC open to all

  • Anonymous on 01.07.2014 at 5:38 am

    BUIC does not portray what India is all about. BUIC has adopted a party culture and provides a much SKEWED perception of India. BUIC is more about the American born/raised Indian culture which is nothing like the true Indian culture. I think the Hindu Student Council gives a much better cultural/spiritual tour of India but BUIC does not do justice to India at all. I am pretty sure more than half of the club doesn’t even know what Republic Day is or what Baisakhi is or what Pongal is.

    Please guys don’t get the wrong impression of India from BUIC…India is much better and much more culturally rich beyond that. BUIC is more a fraternity for Indian people on campus….

    • Sandepantz on 05.11.2014 at 11:54 am

      ^^ THIS.

    • BUGrad on 08.19.2014 at 5:39 pm

      THANK YOU.

  • tolerantindian on 03.10.2015 at 7:29 pm

    Students in BUIC are here for education and widen their knowledge about non academic ideas among other things. These groups are meant to bring people of nationalities together as everyone is far away from their home. Dance, music, Holi, Diwali, and food are easy to plan for in the busy life of a student. They are fun too. People from OTHER cultures like such activities. I agree most members are from the western hemisphere but that is where we are now. We must try to assimilate and make the best of student years. Having said that I wonder how many American, Jewish, Polish, Honduran, Brazilian, and other community associations exist in Indian Universities. I would like to know if any College in India does special activitied for Thai, Singaporean or Chinese students. When we are away from homeland we try not to stick out but imbibe good things from other cultures and make our own. I am Indian, did undergrad back home, doing grad school here and I truly understand how you feel. Making religious based Hindu/ Muslim/ Sikh ( for example) do not justify being Indian either. We can be all that yet be a part of one whole Indian/global community. India offers outstanding higher education, one does not have to leave home ;) My cousin was a topper ( first position…Indian English) in CMAT. He did not leave India, even though his dad went to Stanford. I believe leaving India should make us eexemplars of tolerance, share the spirituality, goodness that we were raised with. We have a goal that is education and thereafter applying that education to life. So don’t think otherwise, join them for Bhangra, Holi have fun. Bura na mano Holi hai!!!

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