Politically, South Asia comprises eight countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
Culturally, the South Asian subcontinent houses an unbelievably large spectrum of cultures, languages and customs. Still, they share a common history over at least 7000 years, and a common identity which is hard to explain in words! The word Sangam in our context signifies the coming together of the students, not only from the eight South Asian countries but also others interested in or knowledgeable about the subcontinent, to share the diverse and ancient culture of South Asia with the rest of the University community.
Sangam was founded in March of 1987. The first meeting, held at a local Pizza Hut, had an attendance of a mere 12 students. Since then, Sangam has grown to become the largest international organization on the UNC-CH campus. Sangam's diversity is shown in its membership of over 200, which consists of undergrads, grads, and faculty, both South Asian and non-South Asian people. As the second largest multicultural organization, Sangam hosts numerous event throughout the school year to not only support South Asian awareness on campus, but to spur community involvement as well. Sangam is most well know for Aaj Ka Dhamaka, the largest intercollegiate dance competition in the southeast, and Holi Moli, a spring festival of India that has established itself on the UNC bucket list. Sangam also founded the first student supported scholarship on campus; the Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship awards two students $3,000 each year in order to support the South Asian community either here in our local community or in South Asia itself.
Click here to read our organization's constitution.
This week of events is held to create awareness for MGF and ends on Mahatma Gandhi's birthday! Stay tuned for more details on this weeklong event.
Click here to visit MGF's page or here to visit their main website.
The Triangle Mixer is a joint event between UNC Sangam, NCSU Ektaa, and Duke Diya. This year, the Triangle Mixer is being hosted by UNC Sangam in Chapel Hill! Come out and meet your fellow Triangle South Asian Awareness organization members.
Click here to visit the Facebook event.
Aaj Ka Dhamaka (AKD) is an annual dance competition hosted by Sangam, the South Asian Awareness Organization at UNC-Chapel Hill. This unforgettable dance competition showcases the talent of Raas/Garba, Bhangra, and South Asian Fusion dance teams from across the United States, attracting an audience of over one thousand people each year. This year we have a special guest performer as our grand finale that will be revealed soon! The competition is on January 23rd, 2016 at Memorial Hall and is even bigger and better than before. We are very excited to host the 17th competition on Carolina's campus and hope that you will join us for this memorable celebration of South Asian culture!
Click here to visit AKD's page.
Sangam Nite is a showcase of Sangam's members and some of UNC's dance teams throughout the year!