Anokha, the University of Maryland’s South Asian a cappella team took home the $1,000 prize after winning the second South Asian singing competition called Sahana, at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).
The competition was hosted by Naya Zamaana the South Asian a cappella group at UCLA, who chose nine teams to participate in the competition out of the 23 that auditioned, according to a Daily Bruin report.
The competition brought together a cappella teams from different universities such as Purdue University, Stanford University and the University of Miami.
Before each team performed a 12-minute set, which consisted of Bollywood and traditional Indian songs, as well as popular Western songs along with choreography, an intro video was shown to introduce them.
In their intro video, Anokha gave a few statistics about human trafficking and female victims.
The songs they performed on, all featured lyrics that empower women and their choreography implied the same, the report added.
Once all of the a cappella teams had performed, UCLA South Asian dance groups Bataaka Nu Shaak and Taara came to perform on stage.
At the end of the night, the teams came back on stage for an ultimate beat-boxing battle.
According to UCLA’s clubs and activities website, Naya Zamaana was founded in 2006 and it celebrates the diversity among the young Indian American community.
Since then, the team has performed in several competitions but has always wanted to create and host an event of their own.
University of Maryland’s Anokha will now be competing in the All-American Awaaz finals in April, where they will have a chance to be named the national champions of the South Asian a cappella teams.