As the first group in the world to bring the sounds of the Indian subcontinent to a cappella, Penn Masala has consistently been at the forefront of South Asian-Western musical fusion. They have performed for President Barack Obama at the White House, the Indian International Film Academy Awards, and in the Hollywood feature film and soundtrack for Pitch Perfect 2, which received an American Music Award for Best Soundtrack in 2015. Since 1996, they have released 10 full length studio albums including Awaaz, 11 PM, Soundcheck, Brown Album, Pehchaan, On Detours, Panoramic, Kaavish, Resonance, and Yuva.
Penn Masala visited Georgetown University to perform at a charity event that also showcased performances from Georgetown University Jawani, Georgetown Guzaarish, the George Washington University Bhangra team, and George Washington University Naach. All proceeds from the event supported Spandana Society, an NGO that shelters, educates, and cares for former orphans, street children, and disadvantaged youth in Hyderabad, India.
This event was co-sponsored by the Georgetown University India Initiative and South Asian Society, George Washington University South Asian Society, and American University South Asian Students.