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Penn Masala Talks Pop Songs, South Asian Representation, And Their Latest Mashup

Posted on January 17, 2017 by Muna
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Penn Masala A Capella
From L to R: Anvit Reddy, Sanjiv Chakravarty, Atman Panigrahi

Since its formation in 1996, the South Asian-American a cappella group Penn Masala has cultivated a strong fan base unheard of for most college groups.  Founded by students at University of Pennsylvania, Penn Masala has become known for combining their cultural roots with English songs to create a harmonious mashup.

Their work is distinctive, catchy, and clearly popular. In the last 22 years, they have released 10 albums, performed for President Obama at The White House, gone on tours, won awards, and even had a cameo appearance in “Pitch Perfect 2.”

Their latest song is a mashup of “Ilahi” from Bollywood film “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.” and Ed Sheeran’s popular track “Castle on the Hill.” Besides the stunning audio work, what stands out about this mashup is the video, which provides a window into the lives of immigrant South Asian students. The two songs chosen evoke nostalgia and warmth.