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October 16, 2009

Penn Masala performs at the White House

Penn Current:

The a cappella group Penn Masala performed at the White House on Wednesday, Oct. 14, to celebrate the signing of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The initiative is designed to improve the health, education and economic status of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States, and the signing of coincided with the holiday of Diwali – the festival of lights – observed by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists.

To honor the signing and celebrate the holiday, Penn Masala sang in the East Room, performing the national anthem along with one of their songs, “Aicha.” Click here to see video of Penn Masala’s performance. In his remarks, President Obama praised the “creative energies of musicians like the singers Penn Masala.”

The all-male group was formed in 1996 as the world’s first Hindi a cappella group. Its music has been influenced by the Eastern and Western cultures that represent the group’s membership. Read more.

I just happen to notice that in the painting in the background George Washington kinda looks like he's posing in a doo wop group's promo photo.

Posted by acapnews at October 16, 2009 12:00 AM

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I love Penn Masala, so I'm sad that this recording doesn't begin to do them audio justice. So glad they were invited to the White House, though!

Posted by: Jugglernaut at October 16, 2009 6:03 AM

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