September 28, 2019

Red Oleanders

Red Oleanders

Biographies

Dr Maitreyi Saha Maitreyi started her stage appearance from an early age of 4 under her mother’s guidance. That moulded her interest in drama and acting along with following an academic career. Dr Saha devoted her post graduate years in Canada to promote inter-cultural activities. Her main focus has been to promote Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s literary work in Canada. Her first venture into large scale production was a shadow play “Chitra” in English written by Tagore and was staged in Saskatoon. She has directed “Red Oleanders” twice in English and once in Bengali in Ottawa. She has also directed Tagore plays “Post Office”, “The Last Poem”, “Hungry Stones” in Ottawa.
Isha Moza Isha is a dentist in Ottawa who spends her time improving people’s quality of life by bestowing healthy and beautiful smiles through her practice of dentistry. She believes that the key to happiness is living a well-balanced life, one that intends to achieve the highest form of expression- art. When Dr. Moza is not busy treating patients, she is actively involved in broadening her horizons as an artist. Apart from being a published model, taking part in a fashion show, she has performed the Indian classical dance-Kathak on stage. Red Oleanders is her theatrical debut, she hopes the play will present audiences with a fresh perspective of life. Isha is truly grateful for this opportunity and honored to be playing Nandini.
Gaurav is a first-year Medical student at the University of Ottawa. Apart from school, he has always been very involved in the community, performing and choreographing Bollywood dances since the age of 10. He is also well versed in music, playing the flute, guitar, and teaching the Indian drums called the tabla. Gaurav loves being on stage and has performed annually at many events like the Festival of India and South Asian Festival, just to name a few. This is his first time in an acting role, and he is excited to learn and present this wonderful artform by playing Kishor.
Shouvik Mukherjee A Software Engineer by Profession, Shouvik has featured in several theatre productions by the Bengali Community in Ottawa. His association with the stage goes all the way back to his University days whereupon he acted in several productions and directed plays based on the filmography of the legendary Satyajit Ray. A passionate singer, he has also performed for various Indian community functions in Toronto and Montreal. He is deeply thrilled to be part of the Red Oleanders team and along with his cast mates hopes to bring to stage this beautiful work by Rabindranath Tagore which is relevant and thought provoking till today.
Ranojoy Basu Ray Ranojoy is a Chemical Engineer and consults for several United Nations Agencies to write and evaluate projects for developing countries related to phasing out of chemicals that damage the ozone layer. Ranojoy first foray into the performing arts was in the early 2000s when he had moved to Ottawa. Since 2011 he has acted in a few Bengali plays performed during the Durga Puja festival in Ottawa. Red Oleanders is his first English play and a serious one at that.
Sabrina Piccolo As a child, while on holiday in the South of France, I got the opportunity to perform in two musicals La révolution française and Le Mayflower, in a beautiful outdoor venue at night. It was such a magical and unforgettable experience, filled with camaraderie, wonder and excitement. Over 20 years later, I am very happy and honoured to get back on stage and perform for such a noble cause. Forever grateful to Geeta, Goutam and Mita.
Debashish Chakravarty Debasish is an IT professional for the Government of Canada. He is extremely passionate about acting and theatre and has been performing in several plays with the Ottawa Bengali community since 2000. He is also an accomplished singer and an active member of the band 7 Swaras, his most notable and acclaimed performance being alongside Indian Bollywood singer S.P. Balasubramanium. When he is not pursuing his passion, Debasish enjoys spending time with his lovely family, and hosting gatherings with his close friends. Debasish is honoured to play the role of “Phagulal” in this prestigious play and be a part of this wonderful team.
Goutam Shaw Goutam is a high tech executive. In addtion to his passion for designing and developing cutting edge telecom products he is also equally passionate about performing arts that includes music and theatrical plays. He is a percussionist, a Qawwali singer and a stage actor and has been performing on stage since childhood in English, Hindi and Bengali languages. He has acted in more than 30 plays. Goutam is thankful to have been given this opportunity to be part of Red Oleanders and is honoured to be performing with the highly accomplished and motivated cast members.
Joydeep Ghosh Joydeep is an engineer by profession and holds a post graduate degree in business administration. He has been involved in performing Arts and Stage plays for many years in Ottawa. He is an accopmlished stage artist having played the lead protagonist in 'Khuditopashan' written by Tagore and and also directed play written by Manoj Mitra. His contuinued work in performing arts are well commended and cherished by the Ottawa community. He loves to continue participating in community presentations as a hobby. Joydeep is honoured to play the role of Governor in Red Oleanders and is looking forward to the performance.
Avijit Deb Chowdhury By profession Avijit is a F&B Manager/Recruiter. Avijit has being acting on the stage since he was 15 years old. He has acted in more than 30 Hindi and Bengali plays. ‘Red Oleanders’ is the very first English play for him. He also wrote a very popular Bengali drama called, ‘Gonshar Biye’ in 2014, which was directed by him in Montreal with a grand success! He won multiple stage show medals and certificates for his stage performance. He is almost a professional Singer, who was very well known in Kolkata, his home town and also in the city of Montreal & Ottawa. Currently, he is in the process of writing a new comedy drama called, ‘Modern maids in Kolkata’. His mother was a very well-known classic country singer in Bangladesh and Kolkata, India, who has recorded more than 100 songs. Avijit is an extremely passionate lover of arts, stage plays, sports and nature. He also speaks French, Spanish and few other languages!
Nikhil Bakshi An Engineer and a Tabla Player, Nikhil brings passion, sincerity and creativity to everything he does. Nikhil has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, and is employed as a Software Developer at Nokia, where he makes the internet happen. But Nikhil's real passion lies in connecting with the divine that exists in all beings. Nikhil is doing theatre to explore different characters, understand the human condition, and to inspire the audience to action through the power of story telling.
Abhijit Ghosh Following a post-graduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Abhijit spent over 3 decades with the federal government and public sector in the nuclear power industry in various technical positions in Canada. Since retiring from federal service over a decade ago, he has been involved in stage performances as a hobby, within the Indian community. He considers Dr. Maitreyi Saha to be his mentor since early days when he was a student in Saskatoon. He is deeply grateful for her direction and in giving him a role in the play Red Oleanders. He is also thankful to the support provided by the Producer Dr. Geeta Chowdhury, and believes without which this play would not have been possible.