Music Director, Part: Top
Class of 2010
Greenwood Village, CO
After being in this group for 3 years, there is only one word to describe my time with Raag: Legendary. From imitating jungle sounds and singing the Lion Sleeps Tonight spontaneously in a crowded restaurant to singing on stage in front of thousands, it's been a great time with definitely a lot of random moments. We tend to attract a mixed bag of people with very different backgrounds and personalities, but all united by one passion: music, whatever the genre that may be. You'll see us walking down the street but carrying our music with us, as a cappella tends to be very portable. So you'll see random beatboxing, random harmonies, and random sounds, though it may not always work the first time :). Raag has taken me on a roller coaster adventure, and I'm glad to still be on it, though clinging on for my life at times. Raag and Roll baby!
President, Part: Lead
Class of 2009
Danny Lee was born May 12, 1987 in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father was born in the Nyanza Province of Kenya. As a domestic servant to the British, his father herded goats and made curdled cheese. Although reared among Muslims, Lee became a Christian at one point. Lee's mother grew up in Wichita, Kansas. When she later remarried a student from Indonesia, Lee moved to Jakarta, where Lee's half-sister was born. When Lee was ten, he returned to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandparents. After spending two years at Occidental, Lee took his education north, and settled among the Slumraag Millionaires of Stanford University, eventually becoming the leader of them all.
Yes We Can, and Yes I Just Did.
Class of 2010
Orange County, CA
Forged in the intensely hot sands of Gujarat's desert, Hirav is a legend among mankind and womenfolk. Part Bollywood actor, part Stanford student and wholly ravaging, Hirav hails from the 'hood of Irvine, a place so fearsome that the mere mention of it scares both Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg (8 Mile has nothing on Culver Drive). From Hirav's profwessional singing of Shammi Kapoor songs at the age of three (from the acoustically pleasing venue of his shower) to his midnight renditions of "Happy Birthday...Now Shut Up and Give Me Cake", the Gandhi's musical prowess is world-renowned. The quality of his bass and baritone lines, with resounding "doom doom ba da"'s and crisp "doo doo...doo doo"'s makes him stick out (maybe a little too much). Honestly though, Raagapella has been a great experience...we are a tight group of guys that enjoy doing everything together. Whether its getting sexual innuendo-filled choreography down (in the style of our favorite Bolly and Tollywood hits) to eating pizza together, Raagapella is not only an a cappella group but a brotherhood. I am glad I found Raagapella and we are looking forward to making you bob to the sound of our arrangements.
President 2007-2008, Financial Manager 2006-2009, Part: Lead
Class of 2009
Downers Grove, IL
In a forgotten, secluded part of Tibet, hidden behind unscalable mountains and a sea of fog lies a sacred Buddhist monastery, specializing in a secret form of Tibetan martial Arts, whose name remains elusive to this day. It is said that the warriors that emerge from this ancient place are invisible and hold the keys to life itself; they can extract the soul from any living being and incorporate it into their own.
It is rumored that Nikhil may be from this monastery. However, Nikhil has many interests including but not limited to doing things, eating, and thinking about things. Many people consider him cool, and there is a very direct correlation between thinking that Nikhil isn't cool and being an idiot.
Nikhil also sings. He is also technically a champion in South Asian a cappella. However, there is no trophy for being a champion. That's ok, because the true trophy comes from the inside, man.
Class of 2013
San Mateo, CA
Sometimes I step back to think how weird it is that, just two years ago, I'd never even hear of South Asian a cappella. I mean a cappella music, sure–I've been singing since high school and always wanted to learn to do modern harmonies with a smaller group. And I was no stranger to Eastern music, having grown up hearing my dad crank up the Persian music as he painted and listening to Bhangra tunes that my younger brother copped from his friends. But the combination of the two was something that never occurred to me. So I was taken pretty off guard by two guys sitting at a table telling me I ought to sign up for an audition for this thing that was new to me, and frankly pretty weird. But I knew I wanted to sing and the guys seemed nice enough, so I did. And here I am now.
My time with Raagapella hasn't been very long yet, but it's been a never-ending thrill ride. From national competitions to East Coast tours to little dorm gigs or even just chilling out in grad housing on a Saturday night, Raagapella has been not only the creative outlet I was hoping for coming into college, but an awesome group of friends and a whole lot of fun. This year, I get to lead the group–musically anyway. And that's a bit of a scary proposition, but a damn exciting one!
Edmonton, Alberta (Canada)
Born into a family with musical roots, my singing gene remained well suppressed until one birthday night when I realized that I actually sounded good. Add to that a helpful friend who spotted the notes in me and asked me to join a fusion rock band at Cornell University called Raga and Rock, and I was suddenly much more confident in my singing ability to be able to perform on stage. Also, Freddie Mercury was never in Raagapella, while I am, which makes me better than Freddie and hence the greatest singer of all time. (Now the doubters may point to the fact that Freddie was not alive at the time of Raagapella, and did not go to Stanford, but such arguments are really feeble and distract from the main point). Seriously speaking, the last year has been a fun experience for me in terms of meeting an awesome group of people, let alone performing with them.
In my spare time, I study Electrical Engineering, like to run, play soccer (defence mostly), basketball and cricket.
R J Lim
Class of 2013
Have been singing ever since I bumped into Raag's table freshman year. Glad to be developing my voice and making fun music!
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
I've been singing for a year with Raagapella, prior to which I had no exposure to singing except for occasional outbursts of songs from the Beatles and the Eagles, after an exciting day of listening to my iPod. I do have prior experience playing the keyboard and the classical guitar. The music I generally listen to includes electronic music (Paul van Dyk, Oceanlab, Daft Punk, and similar stuff), soft rock (Eagles, Beatles, Sting, Radiohead, Muse), Spanish guitar/piano/film orchestra classical music, the occasional Hindi/Tamil/Telugu film song, and the occasional R&B. I'm also an avid fan of the Gorillaz.
At Stanford, I'm pursuing an MS in electrical engineering, after gradutaing with a BS in electrical engineering and mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin in 2009. My family roots are in Hyderabad and Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, India, but I've lived in Dubai for nearly my whole childhood.