Bollywood America is the largest South Asian filmi-fusion dance competition in the world and is a final round championship featuring the top collegiate, independent, professional, and dance academy teams from the United States and Canada. Each participating team is invited to compete at Bollywood America after placing first at one of our bid-qualifying competitions, which we select each year and believe to be the best regional competitions hosted throughout the year.
UC San Diego Zor
UofArizona OM Shanti
UC Irvine Zamana
UC Berkley Azaad
New York City Wanted Ashiqz
What would we do without Priya, our board mom and master organizer? She’s currently in grad school prepping to become a therapist and is a UC Berkeley alum (she can’t wait for Bollywood America to return to her old stomping grounds in the Bay this year). If she looks familiar, you may have seen her tear up the stage with Berkeley Ishaara on America’s Got Talent! She’s living the Bollywood dream and still dances professionally, travelling the country to perform with Ishaara Dance
They call him King Tut, but you can call him SRK…he’s got the moves, the look, the charm, and the cheesiness, he just has to lean right, stick one hand out, one through his hair, and he’s a star. Rohan’s been on board since Bollywood America’s first year, but his stardom began with his 5-year UCLA Nashaa and Raas stints in 2005. He still dances, enjoys kicking around a soccer ball in his free time, and is excited for craziness to ensue at Bollywood America; when you bring together all forms of dance in the ultimate competition, anything is possible.
A dancer at heart, when Karishma isn’t jet-setting from San Francisco or working on the next crazy Google [x] project as Google [x]’s youngest hire, she’s cutely smiling and dancing her way through life to a soundtrack in her head or thinking of another production stunt to make Bollywood America’s 5th year the best yet. She was on a Bollywood dance troupe in high school, captained UPenn’s Raas team, and was on the founding board of RAASadelphia. Oh, and she was on TV, won a Global Entrepreneurship Week Award, and rang the NYSE opening bell for her startup, SkillHubs. NBD.
Hailing from LA is our Cali heartthrob, Hersh (naam to suna hi hoga). He went to UCLA and become a force in the Bollywood dance circuit; he danced on UCLA Nashaa for 4 years, helped host Jhoomti Shaam for 8 years, and has been on Bollywood America board for 3 years. Aside from OD’ing on Bollywood craziness, he works for Twentieth Century Fox Television as a Production Analyst and studies part-time at UC Irvine’s MBA School. We’re not sure when he gets time to date, but ladies, have at it, he’s single.
My name is Sejal Patel and I am a third year at University of California, Irvine. I study political science and public health policy there because I enjoy helping people with their health and the law. I'm a nerd when it comes to old Britishsoap operas and anime, but dancing and music are my ultimate passions. I was on UCI Zamana for 2 years. I love new experiences and trying exciting, unique things. My family and friends hold an important spot in my life, which is why hanging out with them is one of my favorite things to do. I can't wait for this year's Bollywood America-Bay Area!
Hi! My name is Simi Mathew and I am a 4th year Accounting and Finance major at DePaul University in Chicago. I was on Chicago Dhamaal Fusion Dance team and was one of the captains. I’ve been dancing since I was 4, trained in bharatanatyam, ballet, and hip hop. I love organizations like Bollywood America for putting together both South Asian and American culture and creating such a great competition. I was a liaison at BA Philly in 2012 and I love working behind the scenes with these events. I especially LOVE to meet new people and LOOOOVE being a part of such a sick dance circuit! I’m pumped to finally visit the Bay Area and can’t wait to see the talent that Bollywood America brings this year! :)
Hiiiiii:) My name is Saba and I am a junior at University of California, Berkeley studying Molecular Cell Biology and Public Health! I grew up in Orange County, went to high school in Sacramento, and now am living it up in the Bay Area (so excited for this years BA location!) and love that I grew up all over California. My favorite past times would have be to meet new people, try new experiences, & eat new food but I'm also a homebody too that likes to just watch TV shows or chat. Lowkey used to be a major bookworm and hoping to adapt that hobby again :) As far as dance goes, I did a liiiiittle bit of hip-hop and jazz during highschool and have some experience with classical Bengali dance when I was younger. Bollywood movies have ALWAYS been an obsession of mine, however, I never actually knew about the collegiate HFD dance circuit until I came to Berkeley but I was literally immediately captivated by how large, entertaining, serious, and fun it all seemed! BA IS ABOUT TO BE DOPE, pumped for this year and can't wait to put on an awesome show :D
Rohan is a graduate from the University of Cincinnati and the founder of UC Dhadak. Due to his inability to recruit guys all his dance teams have been bombarded with 15-20 girls. He is currently working at Procter & Gamble and has been teaching dance in the Cincinnati community for the past 7 years. UC Dhadak is his greatest achievement as a dancer and he has had the opportunity to attend Bollywood America with the team the past two years!
Hey! I'm a Bay Area native in my second year at UC Berkeley studying Entrepreneurship & Innovative Design. I love bollywood, sports, human beings, and crazy parties with dope music ;) I've procrastinated watching Bollywood America videos for years and can't wait to add another year in my hometown to the list!
Pooja is a fourth year economics and legal studies major. In her free time, Pooja enjoys deriving calculus equations, memorizing the names of all the amino acids and trying to prove that gravity doesnt exist. Just kidding, she likes eating, sleeping, and watching tv like most college kids. Post-graduation she wants to either save the world or use her economic knowledge for evil. She loves being a part of the South Asian community and is always up for meeting new people :)
Natasha is a recent graduate of the University of San Diego and a proud alumni of UCSD Raas Ruckus. She currently works for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as a bank auditor. Her obsession with dance and Bollywood began when she saw Madhuri Dixit color the screen with her legendary performance in 'Mera Piya Ghar Aaya' when she was three years old. She's up-to-date on all things Bollywood - in fact, if a PhD in Bollywood existed, she'd definitely have it!
Hey guys, my name's Sahil and I'm a second year marketing major with a minor in global studies! I've danced bhangra for several years including last year in New York City and have been involved in the South Asian community since high school loving every second of it which is why I'm stoked to be joining the BA team this year! Also, you should know that I'm a huge sports nut - Bay Area teams of course so on Sundays from September through February chances are you'll find me in front of a TV somewhere. Here's to an amazing 5th year of Bollywood America!
Former DJ/videographer/photographer/manager of UC Dhadak, you may have seen me around throughout the years. I love music, film and dance so this whole Bollywood thing seemed tomake sense. Second to all that is likely travel and this scene really keeps up with exploring the States. Looking forward to an exciting year!
I'm Sabya, a fourth year student at UC Berkeley. I've been dancing for 4 years now! I joined Berkeley's all male fusion team Zahanat as a freshman and have been obsessed with the dance circuit ever since. After competing at Bollywood America my first year, I knew I eventually wanted to be a part of it. I watch hindi movies on the daily and live my life to a nonstop Bollywood soundtrack. I'm excited to make BA 2014 the greatest dance competition ever!
Hey! I'm Soham Tikekar, a sophomore at the University of California, Santa Barbara, studying Biology and Economics. Instead of being passionate about dance, like many of the other board members, I really love making music. Mashups, remixes, DJing, etc. is how I got involved with the South Asian Dance circuit and I hope to continue it through my years of college and beyond. Bollywood America is a flagship event of the south asian collegiate community and I'm super excited to be a part of this amazing board!
Jasmine Bhoola is junior at Drexel University studying Health Science with business minor and eventually going to PA school. She dances for Drexel Jhalak and has begun her dancing craze at a young age of three with her strict ballet teacher Ms. Wanda who had dinosaur feet. She hasn’t been much in the limelight of the Bollywood world but it’s never too late to start. She was a cheerleader for 12 years so she knows how to flip a world upside down. She loves cracking jokes and being apart of making a difference. You’ll never get enough of Jazz B.
Dance has been my life since I was 3 years old, I've done everything from bharatnatyam to hip hop to jazz to bollywood. I had some amazing opportunities during my high school years to perform for the San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors and make it on America's Got Talent with my dance team. My college dancing life has been all about Om Shanti, and I hope to pursue dancing with this team for the next three years! My dream is to learn a dance from Farah Khan one day ;) I'm super excited for this year and for all the teams participating in the circuit, and good luck to everyone!! =)
Proma is a proud alum of the University of Michigan, where she majored in Communications Studies, but the truth is that she spent very little time studying and instead devoted herself to the Indian American Student Association and Michigan Manzil. Proma has danced her whole life and intends to continue that tradition, especially since she's addicted to Bollywood movies. She also watches way too much TV, but that's okay because she plans to move to New York this fall and start working in the entertainment industry. Go BA and forever go Blue.
My name is Neha Giridharan, and my two passions are pharmacy and dance. I finished my doctorate degree in pharmacy last year and completed my residency thereafter in Sacramento CA. Dance-wise, I trained in classical Indian dancing (Bharatanatyam) for 10 years before completing my Arangetram in 2005, I was a part of my high school's company dance team, and was 'sashed' Arizona's Junior Miss in 2006 after dancing for the talent portion. My biggest achievement thus far in dance has been co-founding UofA Om Shanti with my sister and playing the 'White Swan' during the 2011-2012 competition year. Currently, I work as a hospital pharmacist in San Francisco, CA and will continue to teach dance and perform.
Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Riaz is currently a senior at UC Berkeley, studying Civil Engineering. He has been a dancer on UC Berkeley Zahanat for 2 years, and in his free time he plays basketball, drums, and video games.
Rodney prides himself on his diversity in dance: from Bollywood to Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Salsa. One would consider dance to be his life. He is usually that person you see on the bus-stop practicing choreography while music blasts in his headphones, not caring how many side eyes he may get. Rodney is currently working in Consulting for Accenture. He is addicted to traveling the globe and meeting new people from all walks of life; believing experiencing cultural exchanges is the key to growing and becoming the best person one can be in this world.
Rutvik is a second year medical student at Ross University School of Medicine. Dancing is something that brings Rutvik to his happy place! Rutvik has been dancing since he was in the fourth grade and is very proud to admit that his first dance was to N'Sync's 'Bye Bye Bye'. LOL. On his extremely limited free time, Rutvik plays intramural football and basketball. He loves hanging out with his friends and just relaxing having a good time. He can't wait for San Francisco, and says it's a gorgeous city and he is looking forward to seeing all of the amazing dancers put on what can only be an outstanding and best Bollywood America yet. Also he is very excited to RAGE (responsibly) with his peers!
A junior at the University of Michigan, studying Business Administration. Not to be fooled, this bachelor in his 20's enjoys short walks on the beach, sleeping in, and listening to Priyanka Chopra's youtube songs on mute. Highly involved in Indian organizations on campus, he founded Michigan Izzat, the University's All-Male dance team. In addition, Suhind was the Liaison Coordinator for A2 Dhoom in 2013, its debut year. He's a huge sports fan, as his allegiance is with the Detroit teams along with his beloved Wolverines. Go blue!
Hi my name is Priya and I am so excited to be on board again this year!! I grew in up SoCal and I am currently in nursing school at West Coast University in Anaheim. Being a nurse has always been my dream and I can't wait to make it a reality. Along with going to school I work part time as a receptionist of a salon and volunteer at CHOC. Growing up, dance and bollywood were a large part of my life and quickly grew into a passion. I started dancing kathak at the age of 5 and learned for 13 years at Shivam Arts Academy. The past few years on BA board have been filled with great experiences, amazing memories and life long friendships. I can't wait to come to the Bay Area and make some more memories and to make this the greatest BA yet!!