Penn Masala, the world’s first and premier South Asian a cappella group, was formed in 1996 at the University of Pennsylvania. With seven full-length studio albums and sold-out performances at universities and venues across the globe, the group has successfully pioneered South Asian a cappella. We’re not done yet. Every day, we strive to raise the bar, whether that be through improving the innovative blend of Western and South Asian music, spreading a cappella to South Asia, or using our music to benefit the community. We remain eager to leave our mark on the world.
Our albums, ordered by release date, are Awaaz, 11 PM, Soundcheck, Brown Album, Pehchaan, On Detours, and Panoramic, as well as a compilation album, Out of Stock. Also, we have performed for A.R. Rahman, Mukesh Ambani, Sachin Tendulkar, Lakshmi Mittal, Anderson Cooper, Ban-Ki-Moon, and President Barack Obama, among others. Check out our Wikipedia page for more information.
Special thanks to our fans, families, friends, and alumni!
Penn Masala is, above all, a brotherhood. The countless hours spent together for practice, tours, studio, celebrations and much more result in friendships and memories that last a lifetime. Meet our current group members below - click on a member picture to get started!
Every Brown group needs a Patel. Thankfully, we have a cool one.
Class of 2014
Hometown: Somerset, NJ
Favorite Artists: A.R. Rahman, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Kailesh Kher, Pritam, Drake, Kanye West, Adele, John Mayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fort Minor
Favorite PM Song(s): Distant Places, Tanha Dil / Otherside, Pehchaan, Wedding Qawwali
Dream: To become a social entrepreneur in a developing country
Favorite YouTube Video: Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams
If he didn’t sing with them, he’d probably photograph them.
Class of 2014
Hometown: Sugar Land, TX
Favorite Artists: Coldplay, The Fray, The Script, The Format, Fun
Favorite PM Song(s): Distant Places, Aicha, Kal Ka Sapna, Maa Tujhe Salaam, Dheere Jalna
Dream: To provide free healthcare in third world countries and photograph the world!
Favorite YouTube Video: Buble being Buble
A proud Indian-Canadian-Midwesterner. His dazzling smile makes dentists feel self-conscious.
Class of 2014
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Favorite Artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Mayer, Maroon 5, Barenaked Ladies, Coldplay
Favorite PM Song(s): Viva la Vida/Jashn-e-Bahara, Aicha, Neelay Neelay/Only You, Main Tanha, Mitwa
Dream: To go into outer space
Favorite YouTube Video: Potter Puppet Pals
Given his diverse interests, he tends to wear many hats. But he has yet to have a bad hairday.
Class of 2015
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Favorite Artists: Muse, Radiohead, Chris Cornell, Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Kanye West, Michael Buble, Opeth, indian classical music
Favorite PM Song(s): Heartless / Kabhi Kabhi, Anytime / Meri Yaad, Woh Lamhe, Kal Ka Sapna
Dream: To be both a successful entrepreneur and artist
Favorite YouTube Video: If I Aint Got You - The Voice
If you can eat enough, you’ll actually start getting skinnier.
Class of 2015
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Favorite Artists: Rebelution, Journey, A.R. Rahman, Coldplay, Mac Miller, Hoodie Allen
Favorite PM Song(s): Remedy / Khabar, Used to Love You / Kangna, Anytime / Meri Yaad, Over My Head / Kya Mujhe Pyar Hai
Dream: To be the very best, like no one ever was.
Favorite YouTube Video: Italian Soccer Practice
He fought his way to the top of food chain, but he's still vegetarian.
Class of 2015
Hometown: Blue Bell, PA
Favorite Artists: Big Sean, Jack Johnson, Dirty Heads, Fun., Madeon, Childish Gambino, The Shins, Hyderabad Brothers, T.M. Krishna, T.N. Seshagopalan
Favorite PM Song(s): Where is the Love, Ramta Jogi, What Goes Around...Comes Around, Bahara, Dreaming With a Broken Heart/Pehli Nazar Mein
Dream: Running / managing a hospital
Favorite YouTube Video: Cats & Treadmill
Only took up singing because his rap career as OJ Da Juiceman didn't work out.
Class of 2016
Hometown: Voorhees, NJ
Favorite Artists: The Beatles, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Maroon 5, Notorious B.I.G., Bollywood
Favorite PM Song(s): Because of You/Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai, Anytime/Meri Yaad, Neelay Neelay/Only You, Aankhon Mein Tu Hai, Lovestoned/Ya Ali
Dream: To innovate and solve the world's energy problems
Favorite YouTube Video: Breaking Racial Barriers
He's got a lot of heart and soul, but he should've drank his milk.
Class of 2016
Hometown: Elmsford, NY
Favorite Artists: Kanye West, Ne-Yo, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Lupe Fiasco, Maroon 5
Favorite PM Song(s): Is Pal Mein, Aicha, Used to Love You/Kangna, Because of You/Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai
Dream: Harness the mind
Favorite YouTube Video: Trapped in the Closet Chapter 1
|12/07||Ann Arbor, MI||University of Michigan||Rackham Auditorium|
|10/19||Pittsburgh, PA||University of Pittsburgh||David Lawrence Hall|
|09/14||Washington, D.C.||NetSAP D.C.||The Kennedy Center|
|04/27||Fairfax, VA||George Mason University||HUB Ballroom|
|04/06||Dallas, TX||Southern Methodist University||McFarlin Auditorium|
|03/30||Philadelphia, PA||University of Pennsylvania||Irvine Auditorium|
|02/15||Boston, MA||Boston University||BU Metcalf Ballroom|
|02/02||St. Louis, MO||St. Louis University||Busch Student Center|
|01/11||New Delhi, India||India Tour 2013||Hard Rock Cafe New Delhi|
|01/10||Bangalore, India||India Tour 2013||Hard Rock Cafe Bangalore|
|01/09||Hyderabad, India||India Tour 2013||Hard Rock Cafe Hyderabad|
|01/06||Pune, India||India Tour 2013||Hard Rock Cafe Pune|
|01/04||Mumbai, India||India Tour 2013||Hard Rock Cafe Mumbai|
|12/07||Rochester, NY||University of Rochester||Alumni and Advancement Center|
|12/01||Kansas City, MO||The Clinic||Yardley Hall|
|11/17||New Orleans, LA||Tulane University||McAlister Auditorium|
|10/06||Cincinnati, OH||University of Cincinnati||Kresge Auditorium|
|03/31||Baltimore, MD||Johns Hopkins University||Scahfler Auditorium|
|03/24||Jacksonville, FL||JAX India Fest||Metro Park|
|03/17||Philadelphia, PA||University of Pennsylvania||Irvine Auditorium|
|02/25||Gainesville, FL||University of Florida||University Auditorium|
|02/24||Tampa, FL||University of South Florida||Oval Theater|
|11/12||Raleigh, NC||North Carolina State University||HSNC Hall|
|11/05||London, UK||The Rajasthani Foundation||Lancaster Gate Hotel|
|10/29||College Park, MD||University of Maryland||Hoff Theatre|
|10/02||Philadelphia, PA||Philadelphia Museum of Art||Philadelphia Museum of Art|
|04/23||Columbus, OH||Ohio State University||Ohio Union Ballroom|
|04/09||New Brunswick, NJ||Rutgers University||Nicholar Music Center|
|04/01||Houston, TX||University of Houston||Cullen Performance Hall|
|03/19||Philadelphia, PA||University of Pennsylvania||Irvine Auditorium|
|02/12||Nashville, TN||Vanderbilt University||Sarratt Cinema|
|01/21||Ann Arbor, MI||University of Michigan||Rackham Auditorium|
|12/03||Storrs, CT||University of Connecticut||Jorgensen Center|
|11/13||Montreal, Canada||South Asian Alliance of Quebec||Cégep André-Laurendeau|
|10/23||Ithaca, NY||Cornell University||Bailey Hall|
|10/01||New Haven, CT||Yale University||Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall|
|04/24||Berkeley, CA||University of California - Berkeley||Wheeler Auditorium|
|03/13||London, UK||St. Paul's School||Wathen Hall|
|03/12||London, UK||St. James Church||Piccadilly Square|
|02/13||St. Louis, MO||Washington University||University Music Center|
|01/11||Hyderabad, India||India Tour 2010||Lumbini Park Amphitheatre|
|01/07||Mumbai, India||India Tour 2010||Hard Rock Cafe|
|01/03||New Delhi, India||India Tour 2010||Hard Rock Cafe|
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