2019 DCWaleDesi Community Awards

To celebrate our 1st Anniversary, we decided to 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 handle under the Instagram posts.

Radhika Gore - Winner

About Radhika

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 principle. 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.

Prathija Prem - Nominee

About Prathija

Prathija Prem is a 25-year-old young woman, who first got her start in music with the piano at the young age of six and she was classically trained throughout grade school. This past year, she has started working on her own music by producing her first EP called “Möbius Löve,” which can be found on Spotify and Apple Music.

Raga and Strings - Nominee

About Raga and Strings

Raga & Strings are a singing duo who perform Indian and English acoustic tunes in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Samdarsh Sondh Music - Nominee

About Samdarsh

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, making his mark with artists such as: Ace Savage, Kokoboy, Michael Angelo, Dirty Shafi, and The Ji. He is well respected for the ability to blend Hip Hop, Pop. Rock and Electro drums with low key percussion, complimenting the group’s acoustic vibe.

Morni Studio - Winner (Voter's Choice)

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.

A-Side Videography- Nominee

Darshan Photography - Nominee

About Darshan Vaishnav Photography

Darshan Photography provides professional photography and videography services for wedding, events, engagements, parties, etc. in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia. They are also able to travel for destination events too.

K. Kathera - Nominee

About K. Kathera

Krishna Kathera is a local entrepreneur who specializes in photography, films and YouTube content.

FitLifeWithVatsa - Winner

ThriveHigherDaily - Nominee

About Thrive Higher Daily

Punita Mangat is the founder of ThriveHigherDaily LLC. She is a public speaker, business developer, event planner and leadership coach. She also offers one-on-one coaching, intregrative dental therapy and wellness coaching.

Whey 2 Wellness - Nominee

About Whey 2 Wellness

Sanjana Bhakta is the founder of Whey 2 Wellness. She is interested in helping those who are interested in attaining physical and mental wellness in their daily lives.

Zein Syed - Nominee

About Zein

Zein Syed is a Maryland-based power lifter.

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

Sameen Feroz Photography

About Sameen

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

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 SNK

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.

Taskeen Moghal Photography - Nominee

About Taskeen

Taskeen Moghal Photography provides photography services to make your special day memorable, by capturing every thing from details & decor to emotions & moments. They love colors, we love smiles, and we preserve them to create living memories. No event is “too small” and your important day is definitely special to them.

Rootsgear Clothing Co. - Winner

About Rootsgear

What started as a passion project in 2004, has blossomed into the dopest marketplace for South Asian-inspired streetwear.

Rootsgear drops new collections several times a year, and most everything is produced in limited quantities with no restocks.

Jalaby - Nominee

About Jalaby

Jalaby is brand that celebrates Eastern and Western pop culture by creating fun and unique clothing with a South Asian spin.

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 Ashu - Nominee

DJ Ponty - Nominee

About DJ Ponty

DJ Ponty is able to provide his services for any kind of occasion, including, but not limited to, birthday parties, anniversaries, baby showers, sangeet/engagement/wedding. They specialize in Hindi/English/Punjabi/Tamil/Telugu music. They promise to make your event memorable with great music.

Tanya's Collection - Winner

About Tanya's Collection

Tanya’s Collection is the DC area’s luxury & exquisite Indian bridal and party wear for men and women specializing in bridals, anarkalis, lehengas, suits, sarees, jewelry, and much more!

Anis Collections - Nominee

About Anis Collections

Based in Maryalnd, 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.

Yuva Dance Academy - Winner (Voter's Choice)

About Yuva

Yuva Dance Academy describes themselves as the “best Bollywood Dance Academy in Maryland. Yuva fuses multiple styles of Bollywood, Classical, and Contemporary training to create a fully-rounded curriculum.

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.

DCBC - Nominee

About D.C. Bhangra Crew

D.C. Bhangra Crew (DCBC) is an all-female Bhangra dance team representing the D.C. Metropolitan area. They are a highly active group that performs at local events in the DMV, competes across the United States, and works alongside local businesses and other non-profit organizations to serve the community.


M D Creationz - Nominee

About M D Creationz

M D Creationz was started in 2013 by Meenakshi of Meenakshi Dance. As a passionate dancer and performer, herself, Meenakshi’s dream was to create a professional dance company to bring together the most talented and professional dancers in the Washington, D.C. region. They are able to provide dancers that perform for a variety of events. They specialize in Bollywood, Kathak & Mujra dance styles!


Thumak Dance Company - Nominee

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!


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.

Makeup by VaniS - Nominee

Ameena's Makeup - Nominee

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.

Saima Shamshad - Nominee

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.