2020 was certainly an unexpected year for the world and it was no different for our region’s South Asian community.

To celebrate our community coming together and supporting each other during the Coronavirus pandemic, we decided to once again give out community awards recognizing the many creative professionals in the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

Our followers had the opportunity to vote for their favorite creatives by commenting their handles under the Instagram posts.

Thumak Dance - Winner

About Thumak Dance

Thumak Dance offers online and in-person Bollywood, Kathak and Indian Classical dance classes, as well as adult BollyX Fitness workouts. Their curriculum caters to all age groups and abilities, from beginner and intermediate students to advanced learners.

Umiverse Dance Company - Nominee

About Umiverse Dance Company

Umiverse Dance Company is a diverse dance company located in the DMV area, founded by Nusrat J Umi, who has been dancing from a very young age. They started the company to share their passion for dance and for others to join them on their journey. They focus on the growth of their dancers and clients through training and giving them opportunities to perform and showcase their talent.

Each of their instructors focuses on different styles of dance such as Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Ballet, Bollywood/Bollyhop, Salsa, Bachata, Urban, and Tap.

Desi Moves & Vibes - Nominee

About Desi Moves & Vibes

Founded by Sophia Jafrul and Keertana Alur, Desi Moves and Vibes strives to host dance workshops in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area while creating a fun and supportive dance environment for people of all ages and skill levels.

Mr & Mrs Wedding Decor - Winner

Embellish LLC - Nominee

About Embellish

Embellish LLC offers event decorations and planning to make your event in DC/MD/VA memorable!

Sarah Khan Event Styling - Nominee

About Sarah Khan Event Styling

Sarah Khan Event Styling is a boutique-style floral and event design company specializing in South Asian, fusion, and multicultural weddings and special events. Their aim is to always work towards creating a visual experience that speaks louder than words.

Events by Zartasha - Winner

About Events by Zartasha

Events by Zartasha is an all-inclusive luxury event planning firm. They offer complete & partial planning, day-of coordination, design, and more. Their team includes passionate & creative individuals who will ensure your day is magical.

Events by C - Nominee

About Events by C

Events by C is a full-service wedding and event planning boutique owned by Chandani C. From the overall concept down to the minutest details, Chandani’s creativity, meticulous organization, and keen attention to detail bring your unique vision to life. They work tirelessly with every client to help create the most memorable experience for every couple and every guest.

Our Day Events - Nominee

About Our Day Events

Our Day Events LLC by Anisha Ninan provides event management and wedding coordination & planning for those in & around the DMV, Philly, NJ, and NYC areas!

Samaa Events by Samia - Nominee

About Samaa Events by Samia

Samaa Events by Samia conceptualizes, plans, and designs your special day. With years of experience, the aim is to conceptualize a unique service to accomplish their clients’ desires and goals.

Lena Boutique - Winner

Anis Collections - Nominee

About Anis Collections

Based in Maryland, Anis Collections brings you unique and exclusive bridal wear. They offer a wide range of unique bridal lehengas, bridesmaid lehengas, and sarees.

Meraki by Poonam Singh - Nominee

About Meraki

Meraki by Poonam designs, creates and custom stitches every piece in their boutique collection.

AllTheWheyUp - Winner

About AllTheWheyUp

AllTheWheyUp is a fitness account run by Pushker Mookim, a Washington, D.C.-based personal trainer.

Breaking Brown - Nominee

About Breaking Brown

Breaking Brown is a platform created by fitness enthusiast Nisha Patel. Nisha is creating a space for all South Asians to be represented in our community in the fitness & wellness industry.

Maryam's Makeup Mastery - Winner

About Maryam's Makeup Mastery

Maryam’s Makeup Mastery is run by Maryam, a freelance makeup artist located in Dumfries, VA.

FizzaJam Artistry - Nominee

About FizzaJam Artistry

FizzaJam Artistry is a Washington, D.C. region-based MUA who provides complete bridal services and party packages, including bridal/party henna artist.

Makeup by VaniS - Nominee

Sadaf's Makeup Art - Nominee

About Sadaf's Makeup Art

Exclusively trained in Bridal makeup, Runway shows and photo-shoots, Sadaf has over 8 years of experience in makeup application and teaching her fellow growing artists the tricks in the makeup artistry.  Sadaf has an immaculate attention to detail creating your vision of makeup through her own eyes. SadafsMakeupArt is a makeup and hair artist based out of our home town of Washington DC Metropolitan and Northern Virginia.

Sania Raja - Nominee

About Sania Raja

Sania Raja is a Washington, D.C. area-based make-up artist, hair stylist, and certified skin specialist.

Radhika Gore - Winner

About Radhika Gore

Radhika Gore is a musician and dancer based in Maryland. She currently studies music education at the University of Miami in Florida and is a classical voice principal. Radhika hopes to continue to spread happiness through the arts by becoming a teacher; art is one of the most beautiful forms of human expression.

R3 Muzic - Nominee

Samdarsh Sondh Beats - Nominee

About Samdarsh Sondh Beats

A native Marylander, Samdarsh Sondh is no stranger to live music. With over twelve years of guitar and drums performance experience under his belt, Sondh broadened his attention to audio production in late 2012.

He is the founder of TZO Entertainment. He is well respected for the ability to blend Hip Hop, Pop. Rock and Electro drums with low key percussion, complementing the group’s acoustic vibe.

Morni Studio - Winner

About Morni Studio

Morni Studio is a DMV based photography studio, helping our clients create memories that last. They specialize in wedding photography, engagement sessions, family and corporate event photography and in-studio & outdoor portraiture.

CH Photography - Nominee

KhotoFilms - Nominee

About KhotoFilms

Sameen lets his work speak for himself because what matters the most is his love for the art of photography. Being a bit of a perfectionist he loves capturing moments in their true essence, the laughter, the tears the happiness and fun….everything that brings together a celebration and he likes to do it all in a relaxed atmosphere that truly brings the emotions to life. He is driven to find the perfect balance between being creative and chronicling your memories.

Sarosh Photography - Nominee

About Sarosh Photography

Sarosh Photography and Studios is located in Reston, Virginia. Sarosh has more than 10 years of experience in Wedding, Fashion and Event Photography. He is a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

SNK Works - Nominee

About SnKWorks

At SnKWorks, photography is the story that can’t be put into words. SnKWorks strives to encapsulate your stories in beautifully captured images so you don’t have to explain with words. Every individual has a different story to tell and we provide truly unique memories that the people we work with so their story is all their own. We listen and SnKWorks will help complete your story.

Khoto Films - Winner

RTZ Productions

About RTZ Productions

RTZ Productions is a video and dance production company based in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area. We are focused on creating a new way to look at dance, story-telling, and videography.

Wedding Captions Films and Photography

About Wedding Captions Films and Photography

Wedding Captions takes pride in developing a unique style of film-making and photography that takes you back to your wedding day every time you watch!