2021 DCWaleDesi Community Awards

To celebrate our 3rd Anniversary, we decided to give out community awards recognizing the many creative professionals in the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

We choose our nominees based on their overall quality of work, community involvement, level of activity on social media. We also try our best to represent nominees from DC, MD, and VA as well as different countries in South Asia and both males and females. Finally, we consider if they have taken the initiative to work with us, interact and engage with our content and if we can personally vouch for their work. We leave the voters choice option to give everyone a chance and in past years, voters choice nominees have won.

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

Shah Ray - Winner

Ajitha - Nominee

About Ajitha

As an artist, Ajitha shares her joy for singing, visual arts, dancing, and acting with others via performances. You can follow her performing artist journey on Instagram or Facebook (@ajithaartist) and her visual artist journey on Facebook (@awearts)

Keerthi - Nominee

Sunny Hussain - Winner

SBG Visionaries - Nominee

About SBG Visionaries

SBG Visionaries is a DMV-based photography/videography organization specializing in weddings, parties, and corporate events. They offer a wide variety of event planning and can cater to most of us your needs.

Wedding Captions Photo Films - Nominee

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

HnM Photoz - Nominee

About HnM Photoz

We are the two owners of the company with a team of 5 professional photographers and we like having the opportunity to record special moments in people’s lives. We enjoy mostly taking candid photos before, during and after the wedding ceremony. We mix that with informal group photographs and some artistic portraiture to create our still-evolving style. Apart from the traditional formal family and group shots, we try to keep it as real and natural as possible, and always try to offer something different and unique to our photographs.

Shivish Entertainment - Winner

About Shivish

Shivish Entertainment is a Washington D.C.-based urban, young and dynamic entertainment company, providing a variety of DJ/Sound/Lighting/AV services in the greater Washington, D.C. region.

DJ Amir - Nominee

Anikaz Trendz - Winner

About Anikaz Trendz

Anikaz Trendz is an online Botique based in VA. Anika stands for Unique Design and style which caters to the needs of women from casual to formal wear. Anikaz Trendz unique style reflects the traditional style in a contemporary way.

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.

Anarkali by Marwah - Nominee

About Anarkali by Marwah

Anarkali by Marwah is an online boutique delivering you the chicest and elegant Desi outfits.

Thumak Dance Company - Winner

About Thumak

Thumak Dance is a dancing duo who explores their passion for the limitless possibilities of Bollywood. Grab your dance shoes because their moves are impossible to resist!


Rhythmaya - Nominee

About Rhythmaya

Rhythmaya Dance was started in 2005 by Nirathi Rao with a vision of spreading her passion and love for Indian dance styles. Growing from humble beginnings, Rhythmaya’s first Bollywood classes were hosted in Nirathi’s garage and basement. With only a handful of students, the dance academy began making a name for itself with performances in local community centers and small gigs/venues. Every year, Nirathi saw an increase of students, and Rhythmaya Dance really started to expand.

Zind Performing Academy - Nominee

About Zind

Zind is an Indian Bollywood dance studio. They exist to create, teach and perform the art of Indian dance to ages 5+ to adults! They teach individuals (Most of who do not have any prior dance experience) how to dance, step by step, to your favorite Bollywood songs from a professional, enthusiastic instructor.

Umiverse Dance Company - Nominee

About Umiverse Dance Company

Founded in 2018, Umiverse Dance Co. proudly maintains high standards to equip students through all walks of life. Located in Maryland, Umiverse is an amazing place to learn many styles of dance.

FizzaJam Artistry - Winner

About Fizza

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

NGK Studio - Nominee

About NGK

NGK Studio not only dolls up beautiful faces but they also like to deliver glamour with elegance. They make sure that their client leaves satisfied and happy with their makeup therefore they offer FREE makeup consultations.

Sadaf's Makeup Art - Nominee

About Sadaf

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.

New Era Events - Winner

About New Era Events

NewEra Events specializes in the personalization of authentic traditional South Asian and Middle Eastern Weddings and events. We are based in Northern Virginia but have the ability to cater to clients all over the United States. The New Era Team welcomes all traditions, modern approaches, and cherishes fusion events. Perfection, elegance, and style are gracefully executed with charisma at every event leaving you and your guests in awe.

Decor by Ruby - Nominee

About Decor by Ruby

Decor by Ruby offers full services for contemporary, traditional, unique & elegant weddings. Their goal is to understand your vision and create an event that reflects your personality and style. Every event is custom-designed with a touch of elegance and personal attention – even to minor details. They will transform your vision into reality.


Regal Event Decorators - Nominee

About Regal Event Decorators

Regal Event Décor is a wedding and event planning company specializing in wedding and event planning, styling, designing, coordination, décor, and management. Our pricing is unbeatable and our work is unparalleled. With fresh and unique designs and creative ideas, Regal Events is your one-stop shop for your event needs. From printed invitations to custom drapery and lighting, staging, stage furniture, dessert tables, we have it all. Be it a wedding, a reception, a rehearsal dinner, birthdays, showers, corporate events, we will take care of it all. Our highly organized team that travels all over the east coast will take the stress from you so you can enjoy your big day. 

Events by Zartasha - Winner

About Events by Zartasha

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

The Hype Man Group - Nominee

About The Hype Man Group

The Perfect Host/ Emcee for your next Event.