Unplugged

Unplugged

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Unplugged

Unplugged

Unplugged

Unplugged

About Us

Unplugged is a music group and Registered Student Organization at the University of Washington that arranges and performs Eastern-Western fusion pieces to celebrate the diverse cultural backgrounds of the UW community. Our sound is influenced by musical traditions and styles from around the world, including cultures of South Asia, the Americas, Europe, and more.

Founded in the Autumn of 2015 by seven freshman of varying backgrounds and a love for jamming, Unplugged’s musical process is driven by improvisation, musicality, creative liberty, and the diversity of thought and musical styles. In rehearsals and performances, it is our mission to welcome and unite people of all backgrounds with the joy of music.

We hope you enjoy our music as much as we do.

–Unplugged

Members

Zubin Chopra

Zubin Chopra

Meet Unplugged’s President, Zubin Chopra! He’s a singer, guitarist, flautist, and percussionist from New Delhi who hopes to study Computer Science. He loves jamming out to anything acoustic, especially Ed Sheeran. He’s excited to finally whip out his guitar and brainstorm new songs and perform with the group!

Kush Gupta

Kush Gupta

Meet Director of Logistics, Kush Gupta! He’s a singer from New Delhi, and has been performing since he was five. He is a crazy kid who wants to triple-major in Computer Science, Mathematics and ACMS (Discreet Math & Algorithms). He started training in Carnatic music during the summer, and is really excited to work actively on Unplugged’s vocals next year. He also loves Pokémon and can talk about it for hours. And hours. And hours…

Shaarika Kaul

Shaarika Kaul

Meet Unplugged’s Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Shaarika Kaul! She’s a Hindustani Classical singer, Cellist, and harmonium player from Mercer Island. Shaarika has been performing for as long as she can remember, giving speeches, singing, dancing, acting, and playing instruments. She hopes to double major in Informatics and Communications, and minor in Entrepreneurship. Shaarika is super excited to share Unplugged’s unique, multi-cultural style with all of you, and can’t wait to return to the stage!

Avidant Bhagat

Avidant Bhagat

Meet Unplugged’s Director of Finance & Technology, Avidant Bhagat! A pianist (and self-proclaimed singer), Avidant has been playing the piano 12 years, and enjoys composing as well. The Hyderabad native plans on completing a double major in Computer Science and Business with a minor in Math. As a guy who loves having way way too much to do, he is very excited to spend a ton of time with Unplugged’s music!

Riti Biswas

Riti Biswas

Meet Unplugged’s Director of Music Arrangement, Riti Biswas! Banging out tunes on the piano since the age of six, Riti has always loved playing music by ear and mashing unlikely songs together. Now she’s ecstatic that she’s met people who love music as much as she does and can’t wait to collaborate with them! She’s a sun-loving Californian who studies Bioengineering. She could listen to the Seeb remix of “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” on repeat forever. Fun fact: she’s a little enamored with the Classics department and is considering doing a double minor in Classics and South Asian Languages so she can learn Latin, Greek and Sanskrit.

Chandana Kulkarni

Chandana Kulkarni

Meet Unplugged’s Director of Team Management, Chandana Kulkarni! She’s a Carnatic Classical singer and violinist from Redmond, WA who has been singing since the age of 3. Chandana hopes to major in Bioengineering and someday go on to Medical School! She’s very excited to reveal Unplugged’s fusion-acoustic music on the stage. A fun fact? She loves nerding out about Harry Potter and everything Marvel.

Ayushi Dhar

Ayushi Dhar

Meet Unplugged’s Director of Fundraising, Ayushi Dhar! She’s Pianist from Hyderabad who had been playing for 9 years. She’s also a self-taught percussionist and loves playing the cajon and drums. Ayu hopes to major in Economics or Business, and loves jamming out to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”. Secret talent? She can rap the entirety of rap gods. Word.

Pranav Mellacheruvu

Pranav Mellacheruvu

Meet Pranav! He is a senior and biochem major who is a pre-medicine student. His motto is: “All music is divine.” From Thyagaraja to Ty Dolla, from Rihanna to Rahman and from Michael Buble to Benny Benassi, all music has swara, raaga, bhava and laya. Pranav has been learning carnatic classical vocal from his mom since he was 4 and he has given multiple carnatic concerts across the US and India. But he wants to expose himself to music from all around the world and hopefully combine them together to form creative fusion amalgamations with his fellow musicians in Unplugged. Apart from singing, Pranav’s hobbies include cricket, downhill competitive skiing, badminton, making house party mixtapes, table tennis and traveling.

Chinmay Upadhye

Chinmay Upadhye

Meet Chinmay, a freshman at UW from Sammamish who hopes to major in Aerospace engineering! He plays the tabla for Unplugged, and is an amazingly talented percussionist. He has studied Indian Classical tabla for over nine years, and has performed in many classical, semi-classical and Bollywood concerts. He’s excited to add his own Hindustani tabla flavor to all of our pieces!

Subarna Bagchi

Subarna Bagchi

Meet Subarna! She’s a freshman from New Delhi who hopes to do double major in psychology and public health. She’s a trained Hindustani classical singer and has been singing and performing for as long as she can remember. She also has a flair for painting, photography and public speaking (also clearly loves alliterations). She’s a child of the 70’s at heart and can keep going on and on about her love for classic rock. She’s super excited to be a part of this journey and is looking forward to incorporating more of her forte, classical music, into a variety of western arrangements!

Sachin Bhargava

Sachin Bhargava

Meet Sachin, a freshman who does, well, everything with Unplugged! He recieved a Senior Diploma in Hindustani Classical violin, flute and tabla a few years ago and can be found playing keyboard, cajon and guitar in his free time. He’s hoping to double major in CSE and Economics and minor in Music. He loves learning new things, and is currently exploring the psychological effects of different layers in a musical composition.

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