RAUNAQ. ਰੌਣਕ.

noise, a celebratory loudness. A combination of joie de vivre and vibrant energy.

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What is it about being on a stage that makes you come alive?

That brightness, that passion, that visceral suckerpunch of excitement. The moment your heart is caught in your throat, when you look around the stage and at the people surrounding you.

They’re your competitors, your sisters. You respect them as much as you want to be them. That envy, that love, that I-wouldn’t-want-to-be-here-with-anyone-else warmth.

It’s something special, something that we share — a gift, maybe, from the women who came before us. Our mothers, their mothers, and back until we can’t remember. We dance for them — we dance for each other — because we know we have something here worth celebrating.


D.C. Bhangra Crew

D.C. Bhangra Crew (DCBC) is an all-women’s bhangra team established in 2008. For the past decade, we have represented the D.C. metropolitan area in competitions across the country and performances in our hometown.

For some of us, this team has taught discipline — how to make a space for bhangra outside of the university environment, to push through a hard practice after a long day’s work. For others, it’s been about sisterhood — the first all-women’s team we danced on. More than anything, though, we’ve learned about toughness. About what it means to leave everything on that stage, about uphill battles being worth fighting.

That’s what brought us to RAUNAQ.


portraits by manali sontakke

EXECUTIVE BOARD

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Kushali Marwaha

Director

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Shahana Ganesharajah

Programming Co-Chair

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Saniya Suri

Hospitality Co-Chair

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Samira Ashrafi

Creative Co-Chair

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Mukta Ghorpadey

Programming & Sponsorship Co-Chair

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Asha Thanki

Creative Co-Chair

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Saranga Arora

Operations Chair

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Navneet Pandher

Judging & Registration Chair

Lamiya Zaveri

Hospitality Co-Chair

BOARD AT-LARGE

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Suma Chaparala

Board At-Large, Operations Team

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Anisha Kolla

Board At-Large, Nonprofit Partnership Lead

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Adity Choudhury

Board At-Large, Hospitality Team

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Manali Sontakke

Board At-Large, Photographer

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Tasneem Islam

Sustainability Chair

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Bridgie Weber

Board At-Large, Fundraising Lead

LIAISONS

Jill Patel

Bruin mutiyaaran

Rama Atitkar

DRP

Joy Dhar

FCB

Mina Haque

NEBC

Nitika Kataria

NJ Jhalak Punjab Di

Pavsee Gajjar

Sherniyan Di Sarkar

Rashi Dua

Exhibition

 

Ananya Kashyup

Bruin mutiyaaran

Lakshmi Kopparam

DCMPAA

Fiona Fox

FCB

Rasika Tangutoori

NPBA Senior Girls

Neha Gupta

NJ Jhalak Punjab Di

Mahathi Tadikonda

VSB Nishani

Madhura Leninkannan

Exhibition

 

Ridhi Parmar

DRP

Maitri Patel

DCMPAA

Kajal Jaggi

NEBC

Saniya Soni

NPBA Senior Girls

Niralee Gajjar

Sherniyan Di Sarkar

Callan Monette

VSB Nishani

Sophie Tayade

Exhibition

 

With Additional Thanks To…

Adithya Saikumar
Videographer

Rupali Bhave Photography

Arosha Afridi Graphic Design

Sophia Goswami Livestream

Kavya Krishna
BoarD At-Large

PRANATI DEVINENI
BoarD At-Large