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NewsApril 4, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Penn Masala Goes Viral

Following the trend set by Pentatonix, who made Evolution of Music and Evolution of Beyoncé, Penn Masala takes us on a magical, musical journey from 1940s Bollywood to the Bollywood of today. The outfit changes are just the icing on top (s/o to the backwards hats of the 80s). This vid has over 700k views and has been getting love left and right from sources like HuffPo and even Bollywood stars themselves! (Check out their FB page for some classy #humblebrags). If you don’t know Masala, they’re the FIRST EVER a cappella group devoted to Hindi music—regular Penn students like you and me, except that they tour Asia, make videos that go viral, and, y’know, casually sing for the president.

Check out Masala on iTunes for more!

Locust FlaikusNovember 21, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Locust Flaikus

Locust FlaikusAfter years of agonizing research, we’ve finally solved Ego’s perennial question.  In a shocking twist of fate, scientists have confirmed that there are three kinds of people at Penn—those who love flyers, those who hate flyers, and those who have an unstoppable urge to write haikus about flyers.  We are in the latter camp.

We know what you’re thinking—enough scholarly discourse, bring on the poetry! Ok, ok, we’ll indulge you just this once.

Penn Singers Presents: Thoroughly Modern Millie

We tried out for this.
They cast us as a coat rack.
Come see our debut!

Penny Loafers Fall Show: Abercrombeat and Pitch

We lold at the theme.
The show is close to Chilis.

Off the Beat Presents: Technicolor

Sceney aca group.
Singing J.T.  Well be there.

Arts House Dance Company and Penn Masala Present: Flappers and Falsettos

Already sold out
Aca-dance group love baby
Hear our falsetto.

The Excelano Project Presents: Raindance

The best poetry
Except for one fatal flaw,
No Locust Flaikus.

NewsNovember 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Penn Has Its Own Netflix, We’re All Going to Flunk Out

UTVlogoIt’s Monday and it’s really freaking cold outside, but we don’t curr because we now have a new way to waste away our lives on the internet! UTV, Penn’s campus TV station, launched its new-and-improved website  yesterday. It features videos from Penn groups like Classless, Penn Masala, and Mask and Wig as well as 10 new original web series produced by and starring Penn students. We’ve created a short guide to help you figure out where to begin your journey to procrastination nirvana. Read the rest of this entry »

NewsMay 15, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Masala Is On Top Of The (iTunes) World

kaavishWell, for a while at least. The world’s premier Hindi a capella group, also known as Penn Masala topped the iTunes “World Music” chart. In other words, their new album Kaavish is basically going platinum.

If you haven’t gotten the chance yet, now that it’s summer and the “kaavish” (Urdu translation: struggle) of finals is over you can totally check it out on their website, SoundCloud, or of course iTunes.

And if you’re still looking for a belated Mother’s Day gift, send her this Mother’s Day music video. A YouTube video in Hindi is the perfect present for the mom who’s got everything.

Locust FlaikusMarch 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Locust Flaikus

Locust FlaikusSpring at last(?)! Nice weather = the perfect time for (avoiding) flyer-ers. Luckily we got you covered.

BBB Society: Up In Smokes

A capella Night
Smokey Joe’s Thursday Quizzo
Not aca-awkward

CityStep Presents: Battle of the Dance

Fratty kids get down
All-night bogey at Blockley
Chestnut’s kinda far… Read the rest of this entry »

NewsDecember 28, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Penn Masala To Tour India!

How appropriate! Hi, peeps. How’ve ya been? We interrupt your busy, rowdy (Neflixy, gluttonous) winter break with glorious news. As they have in years past, Penn Masala is journeying to India for the first half of January for five-stop a cappella extravaganza! We’d expect nothing else of Penn’s beloved Masala, and we’re sure Obama is kvelling just as much.

This tour is sponsored by the Hard Rock Cafe, with concerts in Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and New Delhi. Needless to say, the Hindi a capella superstars have already created a media circus – there’s already an adoring promotional article in Rolling Stone India. Quakers in Dia (too far?) shouldn’t miss Masala making majestic music – the rest of us can ogle the glitzy video trailer (above).

NewsOctober 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm

The Comprehensive Guide To Surviving Family Weekend 2012

Your parents have been away from you for just over a month, and already they’re worried that something dire has happened: you’ve used up all six bottles of shampoo, the labels on your underwear came off in the wash, you haven’t found a nice Jewish boy yet…

So they’ve decided to come to campus this weekend, staying in the room at the Inn at Penn that they’ve had reserved since December 15th, to “see your life on campus” and “get to know your friends a little better.” [Subtitle: "We can't wait to meet Smoke! Ya know, that kid whose dorm you go to every Thursday and Saturday night?"]. Midterms or OCR can’t stop them now. They’re here for 3 days, and they want to see it all. Here’s your guide to skip-able events as well as those to not miss! Click here for a day-by-day guide…

NewsMay 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Penn Student Sues JetBlue For Racial Profiling

According to this article in IndiaWest, College student and Penn Masala singer Ram Narayan is suing JetBlue Airlines after he was erroneously embarrassed and escorted off a plane from New York to Portland last summer—a mistake, which he claims, was based solely on his skin color.

Narayan is being represented in this suit by well-known lawyer, Brandon Mayfield, who became somewhat of a household name when he himself was mistakenly linked by the FBI to the 2004 train bombings in Madrid. The United States has since issued a formal apology and $2 million settlement to Mayfield, and has deemed parts of the PATRIOT Act unconstitutional.

Tsk tsk, JetBlue. We love extra legroom as much as the next guy, but why you gotta be so heartless?

FeaturesMay 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Stars: They’re Just Like Penn Students

If you’re a self-important freshman who’s been done with finals since Wednesday, and won’t shut up about it, this feature is back just for you. On that note, we also feel it’s important to mention that being done with finals doesn’t magically transform you into a sophomore any more than eating a Gusher actually transforms your head into a watermelon. You’re a sophomore when you come back in September, so cool it with the unsolicited nostalgia.

Anyway. Here are a bunch of cherry-picked celeb stories to make you feel relevant.

They get rejection letters: Between school applications and job interviews, we’ve gotten our fair share of rejection letters (well, maybe not all of us), but perhaps never one like this. After he once joked that he’d love to co-star with Hillary Clinton, Jason Segel got this hilarious message from the Secretary of State this week, declining his offer, because she is ”a little occupied at the moment.” Read the rest of this entry »

NewsMay 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Penn Masala Gets A Nod From The NYTimes

Penn Masala, Obama’s favorite all-male South Asian a capella group, is featured in no small chunk of this article on The New York Times‘ India Ink blog today.

The article discusses the presence, prevalence and popularity (as well as preeminence, potency, penetration and predominance, if you will) of Bollywood/Billboard-Top-40 mashups among today’s generation of Indian American performance groups. Penn Masala, formed in 1996, “is credited for pioneering the fusion music trend that largely reflects Indian American tastes in the pairing of Hindi and Western songs.”

Long story short, the main takeaway from the article is that you can hit up Penn Masala on Pandora, Spotify and Grooveshark. So this finals season, you can finally say, “No, I am not still listening” to your Vitamin String Quartet station.