Fall 16, Spring 17

Allegra Kartha


My name is Allegra Sahana Kartha and my junior year will be spent studying in Pune! I am beyond thrilled for this experience! Aside from my academic background, I am also a social justice activist and educator for many communities but my main feild is with Queer and Trans People of Color like myself. I am also quite the boollywood fanatic and have ever since watching my first film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ). The music, dances, and overall aesthetics within the films are what have drawn me closer to my indian heritage and culture. This upcoming year in India means more to me than I could ever describe. All of my family members have made trips to India by themselves at my age and have had transformative journeys. For Indian Americans like myself and other multiracial,ethnic americans there is a diasporic disconnect from the mother land growning up and being raised in a western society. We are either completely disconnected from our cultural or anesestiral heritage or longing to be back in our homelands. For myself, I grew up disconnected from my biracial/multicultural heritage and it was only as a grew older I began to rediscover that. Going to India has been something I have wanted to do since I got to college. In an interview for American University the admissions officer asked me where I would go if I was to study abroad. Unknowingly and authentically I responded by saying I would go to india to reconnect with my ethnic roots while also helping Queer and Trans folks or women. It was then that my dream to go to India became more than a dream but a goal in reality. I have long awaited to not only begin this trip to learn and grow academically and proffestionally, but also to reconnect with my cultural, ethnic, and racial heritage. I hope you join me and read about my journey of "re"self discovery this upcoming year. 

POSTS BY Allegra

Mar 28

Traveling South

They call Kerala god's country, and it could be nothing more than that

Mar 20

Course Ratings

The Alliance for Global Education provides many different courses for you to choose from to further your study abroad experience

Mar 15

Holi: Coming out of the Diaspora

Holi is my favorite holiday and time of the year

Mar 06

Studying Abroad in India as an Queer Trans Person of Color

When coming to study abroad in India, you are coming into a new culture with new social norms that are completely different than anything else.

Feb 28

Reconnecting Through Dance

At a very young age, I learned bharatnatyam, a classic Indian dance


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ABOUT Allegra Kartha


American University


Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies and Aisian Studies


Pune, India

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