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History Professor Organizes South Asian Students Group


Holi, Austin

Students participate in
holy celebration at
a Hindu temple in Austin.


March 2008—The newly formed South Asian Students Association is open to any Texas State student interested in learning more about South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet). The association will host educational and cultural events in an effort to promote awareness of South Asia.

Student making a rangoli
Kavita Khasa creates
a rangoli in front of the
LBJ Student Center.
In March, the association organized a trip for students interested in attending the South Asian spring festival of color, Holi, which was celebrated at a Hindu temple in Austin. A traditional feature of the Holi celebration is the creation of rangoli, a floor drawing composed of colored powder. A member of the group, Kavita Khasa, created a rangoli in front of the LBJ Student Center on the day of the Holi festival.

More information about the group is available from the faculty advisor, Dr. Leah Renold, Assistant Professor of History,, Taylor-Murphy Hall 226, (512) 245-2118.