Manoj Tiwari, MD
Manoj Tiwari, has been involved with NatyaBharati primarily as an actor, and director, and has served the organization in multiple roles for over 25 years. He has acted in several plays in the Washington metro area with NatyaBharati and other organizations. His recent ventures as an actor include AadheAdhure, Ron, Where there is a Will, Yayaati. Manoj has also directed a variety of plays of different genre including “Arey Sharif Log” – a comedy, “Mere Bachche” an adaptation of Arthur Miller’s “All My Children”, “The Interview” – a psychological thriller and now “Taconic Parkway”.
Bina Sharif, Pakistan/NY
Bina Sharif is an award-winning Pakistani-American playwright, director, actor, poet, visual artist and performer. Ms. Sharif has had 24 plays produced in the U.S., Europe, and Pakistan. She has written 7 plays dealing with Islam, fundamentalism, terrorism, and war, including Democracy in Islam, Muslim Glitter, Republic of Iqra, Why?, and Here Comes The Change, all produced in NYC.
Ms. Sharif’s one woman play Afghan Woman, written as a response to September 11th and the war in Afghanistan, was produced in New York City at the Theater for the New City in January 2002. Her play, My Ancestor’s House, is published in the anthology Contemporary Plays by American Women of Color and is being taught in many universities throughout the U.S.
Ms. Sharif has won a number of awards for her playwriting, including the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Jerome Foundation Award and Franklin Furnace Award. She was also nominated for a Joseph Jefferson award for her acting by Chicago’s Goodman Theater. She has an on-going project of visual art and writing combined called “Manhattan Days.” Ms. Sharif holds a medical degree from Pakistan and a Masters in Public Health from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Sharmila Pinki Ghoshal, NJ
Sharmila Pinki Ghoshalis the founder/director of Manjari School of Performing Artsand a well-known Guru of North Indian classicalmusic in the tri-state area. As an internationally-acclaimed vocalist and a New Jersey Council on The Artsgrant recipient, Sharmila strives to disseminate Indian culture in the U.S.A. She is a senior disciple of the legendary maestroPanditaGirija DeviofBenarasgharana. Alongside her commitment toManjari School of Performing Arts, Sharmila is a performing artist and an active member of Epic Actors’ Workshop, a theater group that attempts to bring together varied south Asian communities to showcase works of theater.Sharmila’s background includes being a member of the prestigious repertory theater,Bohurupee, at the age of 4 and training with theater legends, Tripti and ShambhuMitra. Sharmila performed in notable plays with the company, such as Putul-khela, Raktakarabi, Muktodhara, RaajaOeidipous, and Pagla-Ghora.
Ashok Vanjari, NJ
Ashok Vanjari has a long association with the experimental theater movement in India. He has directed and acted in award-winning one acts, full-length plays as well as films in India. He was the creator of successful ad films forhigh-profile brands like Ericson, Raymonds, and Digjam. In the US, he has directed popular shows like Western Ghats, SuryachiPilley, and the critically acclaimed playUdgaar and Taconic Parkway.
Abhik Chatterjee, India
Abhik Chatterjee started his theatrical journey as the founder/director of theater group, Anushtup in Purulia, in 1970. After years of directing and acting in plays, he joined a Jatra group, Kolkata Jatra Samaj and performed 150 shows of Hamlet with Lolita Chatterjee and Shyamal Ghosh and toured extensively through the interior villages of West Bengal, Assam, Bihar and Orissa. In 1978, he joined Nandimukh, and under the direction of Ajitesh Banerjee, acted in Paap Punya, an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s play, The Power of Darkness. He then performed in Sher Afghan, and played the lead role in Ajitesh Banerjee’s last, brilliant production, Tetrishtomo Janmodibash, a Bengali adaptation of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party to much critical acclaim. In 1984, he founded the theater group, Amitryachchanda and directed a successful production of Ekti Rajnoitik Hotya, a Bengali adaptation of Peter Weiss’s play, The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, and played the role of Sade. He has been a voiceover artist in films, a radio artist, an elocutionist, a script writer for television serials, and acted in television films like Rang, Bikalpo directed by Utpalendu Chakraborty, feature film Janala directed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta and Antardahon. In 1998, he also staged a charming rendition of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, adapted into Bangla by Ajitesh Banerjee tilted, Pakhi. He has also acted in Teen Poishar Pala and Sher Afghan in lead roles with Ajitesh Natya Academy and performed hundreds of shows of one-act plays, Nana Ranger Din, Tamaku Sheboner Apakarita and Prastab (Anton Chekhov).
Jamaluddin Hussain, Bangladesh/NY
Jamaluddin Hussain is one of the pioneers of the group-theater movement in Bangladesh. He joined the group theater movement in Bangladesh after the War of Liberation and was Vice President of Nagorik Natya Sampradaya, one of the pioneer theater groups of the country. He established Nagorik Natyangan in 1995 as founder General Secretary and is currently the President Nagorik Natyangan Ensemble.
Jamaluddin Hussain has acted in more than two dozen stage productions, such as, Chand Boniker Pala,All My Sons, JanatarRongoshala(Three Penny Opera), Irsha, Bishorjon, among others.As a director, Jamaluddin Hussain’s most notable works are Chand Boniker Pala, All My Sons, JonotarRongoshala, Bibi Saab, AamiNoyee, Mrichchhokotik, all of which have been highly acclaimed by theater lovers and critics in Bangladesh, Kolkata, and New York.
Jamaluddin Hussain has received several awards in his career and in 2013, he has been awarded the EkushePodok, the second highest national award, by the Govt of Bangladesh, in recognition of his contribution to the development of theater as Fine Arts in Bangladesh.