about us

 

Based out of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, Dhamakapella is a South Asian fusion a cappella group. We derive our influences from Indian classical, contemporary Bollywood, pop, dubstep, and electronic genres.

Our group was created in 2005 by Mayank Prasad, a student at the university along with fellow students Raksha Soore and Manoj Nair. Within three years, Dhamakapella grew into an sixteen-member group, with singers of various and diverse styles. Since we began competing in 2011, we have accrued 13 national titles and 16 individual awards at competitions across the United States.

 

Current Members (Fall 2018 Semester):

Aashna Shah

Antonio Zimbello

Divyam Agrawal

Eric Chang

Gavin Markowitz

Grace Dai

Kasey Pukys

Kevin Mallady

Komal Keerthy

Lewis Orr

Naya Katta

Pavani Nukala

Savannah Walters

Shilpa Bhat

Shwetha Ramachandran

Ronnell Canada

Vasu Kuram

 

National Titles

2018

2nd Place, All American Awaaz in Chicago, IL

1st Place, Yaadein at Boston University in Boston, MA

2017

1st Place, Jeena at University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX

3rd Place, All American Awaaz in New York City, NY

2nd Place, Gathe Raho at University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA

1st Place, Yaadein at Boston University in Boston, MA

2nd Place, Sangeet Saagar at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC

2016

1st Place, Sangeet Saagar at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC

2015

1st Place, Gathe Raho at University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA

2nd Place, Sangeet Saagar at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC

2013

1st Place, Gathe Raho at University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA

2nd Place, Phillyfest Phillharmonic in Philadelphia, PA

2011

2nd Place, Anahat at University of California - Berkley in Berkley, CA

 

Individual Awards

2018

Outstanding Visual Performance - All American Awaaz

Outstanding Male Soloist (Vasu Kuram) - All American Awaaz

Best Vocal Percussionist (Shaunak Roy) - Yaadein

Best Arrangement (Entire Set arr. by Ronnell Canada and Shaunak Roy) - Yaadein

2017

Best Arrangement ("Man Mandira" arr. by Shaunak Roy) - Jeena

Best Male Soloist (Madhav Nandan) - Jeena

"Crowd Favorite" Award - All American Awaaz

Best Arrangement ("Man Mandira" arr. by Shaunak Roy) - All American Awaaz

Best Male Soloist (Vasu Kuram, Naveen Ram, Shaunak Roy) - Gathe Raho

Best Arrangement ("Writing's on the Wall / Duaa arr. by Shaunak Roy) - Gathe Raho

Best Male Soloist (Madhav Nandan, Naveen Ram) - Yaadein

Best Arrangement ("Man Mandira" arr. by Shaunak Roy) - Yaadein

2015

Best Female Soloist (Neha Dwivedi, Krithika Rajkumar) - Gathe Raho

2013

Best Choreography - Gathe Raho

Best Female Soloist (Neha Dwivedi) - Gathe Raho

Best Beatboxer (Rahul Chander) - Gathe Raho

 

 

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