The MSA aims to foster Muslim life on campus and strengthen the bonds between our allies, associates, and members within the Columbia community. We are united in the goal of promoting MSA’s presence on campus for both current and future constituents. The MSA aims to organize a variety of events that will seek to promote and address issues that are relevant to our community. We seek to educate our community about the various aspects of Islam, hoping to increase awareness about contemporary issues that are relevant to society today. Historically, it has been only through the efforts and support of the general body that the initiatives of the MSA have been brought to fruition. As a result, we hope to work closely with our community members in order to better understand and acknowledge their needs.
Columbia Raas was established in the fall of 2003 to celebrate the tradition and energetic style of Garba-Raas. Raas is a Gujarati folk dance from the western part of India. CU Raas has performed at various venues on campus as well as off campus, and has competed in Garba Raas competitions along the east coast and in the midwest for many years. At home in NYC, CU Raas strives to be an exciting addition to the diversity of dance styles and cultural experiences available for their fellow New Yorkers. Beyond the dance itself, we are a group that prides itself on truly being a family. CU WHAT?!? CU RAAS!!!
Dhoom is Columbia's premier Bollywood fusion dance team. Founded in 2007, we are a co-ed competitive team showcasing and combining a wide variety of dance styles, including classical Indian, hip-hop, Indian folk, ballet, african dance, latin styles, and jazz to create a routine to keep you at the edge of your seat and begging for more. We aim to make our art and passion entertaining and we hope you'll let us take you through our Bollywood story!
Founded in 2003, Taal is Columbia's classical indian fusion dance team. Taal combines forms of classical indian dance, such as Bharatanatyam and Kathak, with western dance forms, including ballet, modern and hip-hop, to create our own unique style. In addition to performing on and off campus, each spring Taal hosts Naach Nation, an intercollegiate charity dance showcase. Last spring, Taal placed first at the Drexel Nasha competition in Philly. Like what?!? LIKE THAT!!
The Organization of Pakistani Students is a dually-recognized student group that seeks to bring together all members of the Columbia and Barnard community who share our interest in accurately comprehending and conveying the socio-political milieu of Pakistan whilst indulging in its vibrant culture. The club was founded two decades ago with hopes of furthering understanding and diversity at our campus - and still strives to realize that vision today. Students of Pakistani heritage have been a part of Columbia University since Pakistan's independence. Columbia was the site of one of the first formal Pakistani student associations in the United States and over the past five decades, multiple organizations representing Pakistani students have been a key part of campus life. OPS, established in 1992, is deeply rooted in the rich history of those organizations. We host a variety of cultural, social and political events, including our popular annual wedding ceremony, "Hangama", organized in partnership with NYU's PSA. This coming year will bring some new and exciting opportunities, so be sure to get involved!
Club Bangla, recognized in Spring of 2002, is a cultural group where both Non-Bengalis and Bengalis from Bangladesh and the state of West Bengal in India can come together to celebrate the common rich Bengali culture, heritage and language. Club Bangla aims to increase awareness of Bengali language and culture at Columbia as well as create a platform for issues affecting Bengalis and the South Asian community at large. The club strives to promote a more visible representation and better understanding of the Bengali community on campus while contributing to Columbia's myriad of student-led diversity initiatives. Recently, Club Bangla has had a renewed mission of facilitating cross-cultural, ethnic and religious dialogue by programming events with a varied range of student groups.
The Hindu Students Organization provides a forum for students to practice and explore Hinduism in an atmosphere marked by tolerance, openmindedness, and a willingness to engage in dialogue. Although Hinduism and its customs take many forms, the HSO focuses on weekly devotional services, pujas on auspicious occasions, seva or service, and a general celebration of Hindu traditions and festivals.
CU Sewa seeks to emphasize the importance of the Sikh tradition Sewa (Selfless Service) in the community as well as open discussion about other practices and beliefs of Sikhism among all Columbia students and the general public. Sewa strives to perform societal service in the traditional Sikh way and hosts cultural events, discussions, and other projects to broaden one’s religious understanding. We share a goal to create Sikh awareness in the community through Sewa, meanwhile making society a better place through our efforts.
Established in 2002, cuBHANGRA is a competitive collegiate team that dances bhangra, a dance form native to Punjab. By combining traditional and contemporary choreography and music, the team has been able to achieve an iconic style and energy. cuBHANGRA has been an active force within the bhangra circuit for many years, primarily due to its commitment to create fun and entertaining routines that foster an appreciation for bhangra in both its dancers and audiences alike.