This year we celebrate the 8th year of the South Asian Dance Company's annual intercollege fusion dance show, an unforgettable performance that brings the remarkable talent of numerous college dance groups together with our own Company at Harvard University for two amazing nights. Over the past seven years, Raunak has developed as an energetic dance collaboration that aims bothto foster a close-knit South Asian community among university students and tohighlight the incredible diversity that is South Asian culture. We publicize our event to the entire undergraduate community, last year reaching a sold-out Saturday night, in the hopes of providing Harvard students with a novel and exciting cultural experience.
Bringing together such varied styles as lyrical, Bharathanatyam, hip hop, bhangra, jazz, kathak, tap, step, Bollywood, and ballet, Raunak aims to display the full creative ability of our inspired dancers and choreographers from across the region and to push the limits of fusion dance in new and intriguing ways. In years past we have been honored to host groups from such schools as MIT, Princeton, NYU, Yale, Amherst, Brown, Mt. Holyoke, Tufts, BU, and Duke.
In addition to encouraging the expression of innovative cultural dance, Raunak is committed to donating 100% of show profits to a spotlighted South Asian charity each year. In previous years, funds have gone to CARE (a charity fighting global poverty while working alongside underprivileged women), DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving -- a charity dedicated to helping families of INS detainees in the post 9/11 world), Manavi (an organization funding the mental health counseling of women victimized by domestic abuse), ETC (a charity serving to educate children in Nepal), Room to Read (a charity funding scholarships for impoverished girls in South Asia), and SEWA (Self Employed Women's Association--a union of underprivileged self-employed women who earn a living through their own labor efforts). Last year the $3500 earned through ticket sales were donated to theY.R. Gaitonde Centre for AIDS Research and Education (YRG CARE), enabling them to build a 10-bed short-stay care facility for women and children in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. This year we will be supporting Peace Trust, an NGO working to improve the lives of AIDS patients and their children in Tamil Nadu. Every year our show includes a presentation of the chosen charity's efforts, allowing our audience to be educated about their contribution and hopefully inspiring spectators to continue their support of social justice as well as performing