Dhamaka is the University of Pennsylvania’s first and only all-male dance troupe. Created by nine students sharing a passion for dance, Dhamaka combines
western and South Asian dance styles, aspiring to present a fresh, unique, and innovative fusion of these cultures. Dhamaka has expanded rapidly in the past few years,
culminating in its successes at competitions and showcases at universities along the east coast, and in the performance of its first show, “Jawaani: A Celebration of Youth”
in the fall of 2003. With the tremendous success of the show, Dhamaka hopes to reach new and diverse audiences while still maintaining its roots in the Penn and larger
Philadelphia community. To contact Dhamaka please email president@http://www.penndhamaka.com, or for more information please click on the links above.
The idea of creating an all male south asian dance troupe at the University of Pennsylvania came to Milan Vora in the spring of 2000. He envisioned a group that could showcase the various styles and cultures of South Asia utilizing the power and energy that an all male group could generate. In the fall of 2001 Milan recruited eight dancers and together they formed Dhamaka. Milan’s vision was then further crystallized in the form of Dholna, Dhamaka’s first piece. Combining bhangra, garba, and filmi styles simultaneously into one performance, Dholna established Dhamaka as a serious presence in the dancing community. Dhamaka then took Dholna on the road to various shows throughout the east coast and the Penn community. Dhamaka’s first piece was followed up in the spring of 2002 by Jawaani, a collage of various remixes to the B21 song, that integrated hip-hop into bhangra dance while employing techno beats.
Sadly, our founder, Milan Vora graduated later that year, but his vision lived on. Since then Dhamaka has exploded in terms of membership and following. Along with performing at the fall and spring cultural shows of the South Asia Society as well as at guest acts for multiple Penn and non-Penn performance arts groups, in the fall of 2003, Dhamaka put on its very own show entitled “Jawaani: A Celebration of Youth.” The response was phenomenal and Dhamaka has continued to expand by performing at various venues in New York, New Jersey, and Washington D.C.
Dhamaka hopes to reach new and diverse audiences, spreading the cultures of South Asia and South Asian immigrants through the form of dance and while doing
so wishes to inspire all ages and ethnicities to look deeper into the differences and commonalities between all people.
If you have any questions or comments for Dhamaka, please email president@http://www.penndhamaka.com.