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Association of South-Asian A Cappella Announces Second Annual All-American Awaaz

Eight groups will compete for the title of National Champion of South Asian A cappella.

Chicago, IL, April 01, 2018 --( On Saturday, April 21st, the Association of South-Asian A cappella (ASA) will present the second national South Asian a cappella championship competition, All-American Awaaz. Competing groups from universities across the United States will be invited to The Harris Theatre for Music and Dance to contend for the title of National Champion of South Asian A cappella.

In a bid-point system, a cappella groups have competed at seven nationally acclaimed competitions which took place during the academic year. The top eight ranking groups by bid-points will be invited to compete at All-American Awaaz. The 2017-2018 academic year bid competitions include:

Jeena (Austin, TX)
Anahat (Berkeley, CA)
Sangeet Saagar (Raleigh, NC)
Steel City Sapna (Pittsburgh, PA)
Gathe Raho (Iowa City, IA)
Sahana (Los Angeles, CA)
Awaazein (Dallas, TX)

The teams invited to compete at All-American Awaaz 2018 include:

Case Western University Dhamakapella
University of Calfornia Berkeley Dil Se
University of California Los Angeles Naya Zamaana: The New Era
Saint Louis University Astha A Cappella
Texas A&M University Swaram A Cappella
Georgia Tech University Taal Tadka
Boston University Suno
University of California San Diego Sitaare

“Chicago has welcomed us with open arms and we are thrilled to be bringing the second iteration of our show to a city so invested in the arts,” said Sahaana Sridhar, President of ASA and a Director for All-American Awaaz. “We believe that this event is an incredible opportunity for the audience to witness a truly memorable expression of culture and music, while benefiting and advocating for arts education.”

The proceeds from this year’s All-American Awaaz will once again support Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit that transforms lives by restoring, expanding and innovating music education in our schools. Since 2002 Little Kids Rock has given more than 650,000 under-served school children across the U.S. access to fun, engaging, “Modern Band” music classes and brand new instruments at no cost to the students, teachers, or school districts.

The competition takes place on April 21st at 5:30PM. Tickets, which range from $24-40, can be purchased online at, at the official Harris Theatre website or at the door during regularly scheduled box office hours.

Sponsorship is provided by The India Center Foundation, Inc., Sennheiser, Liquid 5th, and CRISP Media, and media partners include RadioPaniPoori, DesiJunction, Brown Girl Magazine, AVS and PeriLyfe.

About Association of South-Asian A Cappella
The Association of South-Asian A Cappella (ASA) is a non-profit organization that was founded in April 2016 by alumni of the South Asian A Cappella competitive collegiate circuit. The organization aims to build a nationwide network to unite the community and strengthen the bonds not only between groups and universities, but also between the South Asian and Contemporary A Cappella communities. For more information, visit

About Little Kids Rock
Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming kids’ lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. As the leader in inclusive, culturally-responsive, student-centered music education, the organization partners with public school districts to build music programs as diverse as the students being served. Little Kids Rock trains teachers to run its innovative Modern Band curriculum, and donates accompanying instruments and resources as necessary to teach popular music in a way that empowers students to experience instant achievement. What began as a single after-school guitar class has since exploded into a national movement that brings free, weekly music lessons to nearly 400,000 public school children annually through the efforts of more than 2,300 teachers in 270 school districts across 45 states. To date, Little Kids Rock has served more than 650,000 students. More info at

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