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The Poster Boys of East-meets-West to Perform in Atlanta

January 2003
The Poster Boys of East-meets-West to Perform in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA ? Their singular and irresistible fusion has earned them a worldwide following. Penn Masala (www.pennmasala.com), the nation?s premier a cappella (vocal only) Hindi group, will be performing live for the first time in Atlanta at a concert to benefit Raksha, Inc.

Penn Masala?s fifteen University of Pennsylvania students will bring the soulful, harmony-laden, future sound of much-loved Hindi songs, characterized by their unique sound, blending popular Hindi songs with American rhythms into a singular, irresistible fusion.

Penn Masala members have become poster boys of the ?East meets West? experience, and have received much critical acclaim internationally. Members have toured the U.S., England and India, and their melodies have charmed Bollywood and BBC radio audiences alike. Penn Masala has already released two full lenth CDs, including their debut Awaaz in 1999. The music video for ?Chamak Challo? is still in rotation on South Asian television, and it recently appeared on India?s Channel V?s top ten. Their sophomore effort,11 pm, contains original arrangements of such hit songs as ?Dillagi,? ?Dholi Taro Dhol Baje,? and the parody ?Show me the meaning of being Desi.?

?It is great to have a group of this caliber perform for such a worthy cause,? says Sonia Sharma President of Raksha, Inc.?s Board of Directors. Raksha, Inc. continues to offer services such as a helpline, support groups, youth empowerment, educational activities and information and assistance with social services and benefits for a diverse South Asian community. All proceeds from the Penn Masala event will go towards these services.

Penn Masala will perform on Saturday, February 1, 2003, at the Rialto Center for Performing Arts at Georgia State University (for details, see display ad in this issue). Raksha (www.raksha.org), is a multi-lingual and multi-cultural non-profit organization, established in 1995 to serve the South Asian community through issues of family violence, divorce, health, and immigration.

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