“Penn Masala was the defining experience for all of us during college, and it remains a huge part of our lives post-college,” said Penn Masala alum Samir Sheth, “The support of the University made a lot of that possible. We had been thinking about ways to give back for a while.”
Hailed as “The World’s First and Premier Hindi A Cappella Group,” Penn Masala was founded in 1996 at the University of Pennsylvania by a group of students who liked a cappella music but wanted to incorporate Hindi and South Asian styles into what had previously been a mostly Western tradition. They have performed at colleges around the country, toured India four times, performed at the White House, produced music albums and videos, and will be featured in the upcoming movie, Pitch Perfect 2.
Now the Penn Masala alumni have added another accomplishment—an endowed scholarship for Penn students interested in the performing arts, open to both international and American-born students—as a way to thank and give back to their school as a group.
“Penn Masala is inextricably linked to Penn,” said Penn Masala alum Ankit Dhir, “Through the scholarship, we hope that Penn Masala and its alumni can continue positively impacting the lives of Asian Americans musically and otherwise.”
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