Brinda Guha has been learning Indian Classical Kathak dance and creative dance for the past 15 years with Kalamandir of New Jersey (www.njkalamandir.webs.net) from her mother, Smt. Malabika Guha. She is a member of the newly founded KALAMANDIR DANCE COMPANY (www.kalamandirdanceco.webs.com). Brinda also learns Manipuri dance with Guru Kalavati Devi in Kolkata, India and Flamenco Arts with Dionisia Garcia in New York City as well as in Carmen de las Cuevas in Granada, Spain.
She has performed all over the coasts of USA, as well as internationally, including London, Spain, and India. In addition, Brinda choreographed and wrote her first production in 2005 entitled "RISE", based on the poems of Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou - which had performances worldwide. Some of her past productions are "Valmiki Pratibad", 'Devi Choudhurani", "Meerabai", "Kal Mrigaya", "Pujarini", "Shyama", "Makhon Churi", and Kalamandir's original "Africa" directed by her mother Malabika Guha. In 2008, Brinda performed and traveled with Epic Actors' Workshop for their play "Pagla Ghora", written by Badal Sarkar and directed by Amol Palekar & Subhasis Das.
Other than dance, Brinda has been trained in Classical Piano from Richard Hendrickson for 10 years. She plans to pursue a career in performing arts as well as economics and statistics. She presents shows regularly and attends New York University. She is looking to make a name for herself and eventually start her own international dance troupe.
Mrs. Guha, being a student of Patabhavan School in Santiniketan and an avid Tagore reader, has always put Brinda in an environment influenced by Tagore and his genius in essence of every day life. When being asked to join the cast of Red Oleanders as the main role of Nandini, Brinda replied, "I'll do it! I'm nervous but I'll do it!"
Samya (Sham-mo) Goswami has been interested in the audio-visual medium of creative expression since his college days. He wrote, composed music and co-directed a play, which led to getting the student of the year award equivalent. Since then he has done various experimentation with Documentaries, Short films and Telefilms while mostly staying behind the camera.
It was New Jersey based ECTA who came up with the offer to act in a major role for their latest and successful production "Banaprastha". His powerful presence as an actor in this play resulted in getting him the offer to act in a lead role for Bengal Foundation of America's production of Rabindranath Tagore's "Red Oleanders".
Samya has been an ardent lover of music since early childhood. He experimented with instruments like Mandolin, Piano, Nylon string Guitar, Thumba, and Sarod. Finally and most notably he became a disciple of the Sarod maestro Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar. Samya's other achievements include being one of the pioneer members of the Bangla Band, "Lakkhichhara". He recorded with Mohineer Ghoraguli in albums "Abar Bochhor Kuri Pore" and "Goutam". He accompanied Gautam Chattopadhyay (Mohiner Ghoraguli) on live concerts and played Thumba in a Samba band while in UK.
Noah Giglio is a senior at Rutgers University, majoring in Political Science. Noah has performed in numerous productions in the elementary, middle, high school, and recently college levels. Noah enjoyed playing the roles of “the Scarecrow” in his middle school’s production of “The Wizard of Oz”, as well as “Lieutenant Brannigan” in his High School’s production of “Guys and Dolls” as a sophomore.
Noah then revisited his acting passion in his junior year at Rutgers, taking acting classes through Mason Gross’ School of Performing Arts, where he was asked to act in their annual interdisciplinary art show featuring talent from all of Rutgers’ arts conservatory. “As an actor who has performed in productions of the common American playwrights, Red Oleanders gives me the opportunity to discover the world-renowned genius of Tagore.”
Nikhaar Kishnani plays “Chandra” in “Red Oleanders”. She is a sophomore at Rutgers University New Brunswick .
She’s acted as the antagonist in several plays such as “The Wizard of Oz” as “The Wicked Witch of the West”, “The Sound of Music” as “Elsa”, and “No, No, a Million Times No” as “Gwendolyn Finefeathers”, amongst many other plays. She enjoys acting because she feels the theatre is the safest place to do the most unsafe things. She enjoyed working closely with Nupur Lahiri’s translation of Tagore’s “Red Oleanders” because of its rich cultural value and is honored to have been able to play Chandra in this insightful piece of art.
Neel Bhadra is a junior at North Brunswick High School. He is quite familiar with being on stage and is taking on the role of Phagulal in Tagore's "Red Oleanders". Playing music from a very young age, Neel played the violin, and then double bass to make the Central Jersey Regional Orchestra as a freshman. He has also preformed in the school marching band for two years, his school's drama group "The Alchemists" as a greaser in "Grease" and has taken part in "Theatre Revue." Last year, Neel also performed with his band at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick and won 2nd place at the school's "Music Fest." While playing tennis, practicing bass and studying hard throughout the week Neel spends his weekends hard at work taking on the character of Phagulal. How will he do it? What will he look like? Will he be any good? Well my friends, the answer to your questions will be revealed to you only if you come see Nupur Lahiri's "Red Oleanders" at the NJPAC Dec. 12th!
Rushil Bose is the "Chief" in this production of "Red Oleanders". He is a senior at East Brunswick High School. Rushil's association with the theater has been in the back stage production area. He is proficient in stagecraft as he has designed and constructed sets for shows such as "Tiger at the Gates: The Trojan War will not take Place","Rimers of Eldritch", "Pirates of Penzance" and "Urinetown".
In this English adaptation of Nobel Laureate Tagore's Red Oleanders, Rushil Bose has the chance to step out of the shadows of the wings and into the limelight. With Dr. Nupur Lahiri as his mentor, he has confidently taken up the challenge of walking into the spotlight.
Jigs Giglio is a singer-songwriter-actor who is excited about his upcoming performance as the Professor in Red Oleanders. Jigs is not new to the stage. He formed the band "Jigs and the Pigs" in the 1980's and performed in many venues including "The Stone Pony" and "CBGB's". Jigs' music has been recorded and published on several record albums. Jigs has done many types of theatrical productions including The Glen Burtnik Annual XMAS Xtravaganza, which performed at BB Kings in NYC as well as several other play productions throughout New Jersey. Jigs is married with two children and owns a garage door business. Jigs enjoys playing the bass for his church worship band each week.
Tushar Ghosh is a junior at Rutgers University. He is currently majoring in Finance and Economics as well as a minor in Political Science.
Tushar plays the role of Gokul in Red Oleanders, which is his debut acting performance. He became familiar with drama and acting when he was very young and his father performed in community theatre productions. Tushar has studied other works by Tagore in college by some of his Bengali professors, and believes that Tagore is too underrated to the American public. That is what prompted him, most of all, to take on the role of Gokul - to spread the richness of his heritage to the American audiences.