Awaaz is the premiere co-ed South Asian fusion a cappella team at the University of Washington. The team was founded in 2009 by Joyita Banerjee and Pratyusha Banik.
Awaaz (which means "voice" in Hindi), is made up of singers who come from various musical backgrounds. This group aims to fuse South Asian and Western vocal music through melodious and rhythmic a cappella arrangements. All of the group members enjoy working together to celebrate and share their South Asian heritage and unique experiences in America through musical performances in the UW community and the greater Seattle area. Awaaz's first performance was at Desi Dhamaka 2010, UW's annual South Asian talent show at Meany Hall, and since then, the team has found many opportunities to perform for many different audiences. From popular Bollywood and Indian classical melodies to catchy American pop and hip hop tunes, the group covers many different genres of songs, adding their own flavor to the music they produce. With a mutual passion for music and performing arts, all of the "Awaaz-ians" hope to continue this musical tradition on campus for many years to come!