Dhamakapella was formed in 2005 by student Mayank Prasad at Case Western Reserve University. With help from students, Raksha Soore and Manoj Nair, Mayank organized and established the first university-recognized coed a cappella group, which would derive its influences from Indian classical, contemporary Bollywood, pop, dubstep, and electronic genres.
Within three years, Dhamakapella grew into an sixteen-member group, with singers of various and diverse styles. Due to the untraditional arrangements and unique compositions, the group instantly stood out on University campus and downtown Cleveland. In 2011, Dhamakapella released its debut album Pehli Nazar: First Look, following the group’s rising popularity. When it came time compete, the group placed in several competitions and went on to place 1st at Gathe Raho 2013.
In December of 2014, Dhamakapella released its first ever music video, “Radioactive / Dil Se,” skyrocketing the group’s visibility in the South Asian fusion scene. Following the video’s success, Dhamakapella released its sophomore album in 2015, Naya Zamana / Welcome to the New Age to critical acclaim. The group continued to compete, placing 1st at Gathe Raho 2015 and at Sangeet Saagar 2016.