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maalavika-manoj

Mali, the stage name of singer-songwriter Maalavika Manoj, hails from Chennai, her first home where her musical origins began. From starting a band at the young age of 16, Mali comes with a bulk of experience already, having collaborated and performed with several prominent musicians including A.R Rahman, Dualist Inquiry, Sapta and Sofia Ashraf to name a few.

She now has shifted permanently to Bombay to work on her Sophomore album Rush, which should be out later this year.

kanan

Kanan Gill is an Indian stand-up comedian and YouTuber. He won the Punch Line Bangalore Competition. He is known for the YouTube series, Pretentious Movie Reviews where he reviews yesteryear Bollywood films along with fellow stand-up comedian Biswa Kalyan Rath . The first movie that they reviewed was Gunda. He gained popularity with the viral YouTube series Pretentious Movie Reviews. He reviews critically panned Hindi movies along with Biswa Kalyan Rath. Kanan also worked in an improv sketch comedy show, The Living Room on Comedy Central. Gill is making his acting debut in Sunhil Sippy’s Noor alongside Sonakshi Sinha.

nush

Nush Lewis is a singer/songwriter that makes pensive, acoustic and minimal compositions from a beautifully complicated musical instrument.She sings about experiences as her Harp makes the listener a part of her journey. On the 21st her acoustic performance will include the soulful vocal stylings of Meghana Bhogle and the very young Aaron Pereira on percussion.

prateek

Prateek Kuhad is a Delhi-based multi-lingual singer-songwriter. Prateek, with his unique blend of minimal, folk arrangements and pop rock melodies, effortlessly captures life’s complexities in his songs. Having performed at venues across New York, Prague, New Orleans and India, he has played at festivals such as the Bacardi NH7 Weekender (2012, 2013), Ziro Festival (2014) and more.

sapan

Sapan Verma is one of India’s youngest professional comedians, having done over 300 shows in the last three years. He has not only performed all across India, but also in Barcelona, Singapore and China. As one of the founding members of Indias busiest comedy company East India Comedy, Sapan has regularly performed at various auditoriums, college festivals and corporate events.

sonali

Sonali is an avid traveler and a Curator of her closet who is currently working towards being a CA so becoming a comedian was the next logical step. Her quirky sense of humour touches upon everything from superstitions and dating to the awesomeness of being a Gujarati. Sonali is a regular performer at the Canvas Laugh Club (Mumbai & Delhi) and often performs corporate, college and charity show across the city of Mumbai. She has performed across different venues including colleges such as NMIMS, Ruia, JaiHind, KJ Somaiya and Whistling Woods, companies such as Accenture and Axis Bank and also across different cities such as Pune, Ahemdabad, Surat, Hyderabad and Delhi, including festivals such as The Weirdass Pajama (2015), Kala Ghoda Arts Festival(2013, 2014, 2015), the NCPA Cheer Fest (2015) and Contemporary Art Festival, Delhi (2016). She was a part of East India Comedys show Bachelor Of Comedy that took place at Nehru Centre, Mumbai and was a part of the Top 10 finalists for the Melbourne Comedy Festival (2013).
As a writer, she has worked with East India Comedy for two years which involved writing for their YouTube sketches and several projects such as Life OK Screen Awards (2014, 2015), IIFA (2014, 2015, 2015), News Television Awards (2014) and brands such as Home Shop 18, ICICI Bank, Xoom Money Transfer and Tinkle Magazine.

kaneez

Kaneez Surka is an actor and comedian, born in South Africa. Right from her school days, Kaneez has been associated with theatre. She moved to Mumbai in 2005, looking for new opportunities. Kaneez spent the next year training with leading theatre personalities and learned the intricacies of theatre trends in India. She joined the cast of ‘The Week That Was’ in 2006, a very popular comedy show on CNN-IBN. Kaneez is a vital part of Improv Comedy Mumbai and The Improvisers.

suchitra

Suchitra Pillai is an Indian film actress, model, anchor and VJ. She moved to England and made her debut in the French television film Le Prix dune Femme (1993). Some of her other notable works include Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Page 3 (2005). Fashion (2008) and Fitoor(2016). Suchitra also hosted the first season of the hit comedy show The Great Indian Comedy Show. She last appeared in the television shows 24 and Beintehaa.

ankur

Ankur Tewari is a Indian artist, who was born in Brussels. He is the frontman of the rock band Ankur and The Ghalat Family, that comprises of Sidd Coutto, Johan Pais and Gaurav Gupta. He has also worked on Bollywood projects, including Slumdog Milionaire (2008) and Raat Gayi, Baat Gayi (2009).

Hindi pop-rock would sound very different today if Ankur Tiwari had ended up pursuing a career in hotel management instead of following his passion to become a musician. At 23, he wrote his big hit ‘Sabse Peechhe Hum Khade’.

madboy-mink

Known to be Indias leading Nu-Disco act, Imaad Shah & Saba Azad make up this funky act whose music is known to blend old school swing with live guitars and soulful vocals. On the back of their EP launch ‘Union Farm’, Madboy/Mink are well on their way into becoming a crowd favourite at festivals across the country.

vaz

Radhika Vaz is an improvisational comedian and writer who lives and works in New York. She gave up a career in advertising to follow her true calling: making people laugh and think. She trained with members of the Groundlings School, Improvolution where she is a visiting faculty member, Upright Citizens Brigade and the Magnet Theatre. Her bi-weekly column (Read It And Weep) in the Times of India’s op-ed page reaches millions of readers. Her comedy web-series ‘Shugs and Fats’ won a Gotham Independent Film Award in New York and was featured at the Tribeca Film Festival and her book ‘Unladylike, A Memoir’ is available in stores and online. Her hobbies include power lifting and watching an embarrassing number of low-quality reality TV shows.

 

manasi-scott

Manasi Scott kick-started her professional singing career with Pune’s hottest rock band Dark Water Fixation that was offered an international recording contract with Sony in the 1990s while she was still in school. With a plethora of stage performances under her belt since the age of 8 as a singer, actor, dancer and master of ceremonies, it was not long before her stage performing prowess with the band took them all over the country. Manasi Scott rocked Vegas last year with her new musical featuring the music and history of Indian film music, scripted and performed with her support team, at the Venetian, with outfits specially designed by Neeta Lulla, Gavin Miguel and Jean Paul Gaultier. She has now turned composer, writer and singer for Sanjay Gupta’s Acid Factory the stunning video for which, featuring her, has been shot by Sanjay Gupta himself and was voted the no. 2 video of 2009 by MSN users. Manasi is fluent in Hindi and English, and also Punjabi. She has also the title track for the I Am She for Salim-Suleiman for the Sushmita Sen Ms. Universe Pageant, has super-hit Tamil playback hit ‘Pattu – Pattu’ for Yuvan om Dick and Harry Rocks Again. Manasi made her lead acting debut last year in Abbas Tyrewala’s Jhootha Hi Sahi, as the 2nd lead opposite John Abraham. She has also composed, written and sung Tere Pyaar Mein for the Rohit and Manasi Joshi – Roy produced film Love Story which released last year on Zoom. Her new music has been composed, sung and co-written by her and produced by Ashish Manchanda, the multi Grammy winning producer/engineer Bruce Swedien’s Protege and co-written by lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya (singer of the infamous Tauba Tera Jalwa), and her songs also feature Palash Sen, Mika, Raghav Sachar, Shibani Kashyap, Anushka Manchanda and Ishq Bector.

alisha-pias

Meet Alisha Pais, singer-songwriter and music teacher-extraordinaire who has made a solid impact on India’s indie music scene. Music runs in Alisha’s blood. A self-taught singer and guitarist, Alisha’s inspiration largely comes from her father, who inhabits some of her earliest memories. She first began a serious interest in music when, at the age of 13, she was chosen to play the lead role as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Alisha’s writing influences come from a robust and diverse assortment of other singer-songwriters and bands like Damian Rice, Cat Power, and even American country music legend Johnny Cash, picked straight from her fathers record collection. She has got her eyes on a new goal: to form Mumbai’s first all-girl band and for a pan-Indian tour.

neeti-patla

One of the few female English Stand-Up comedians in the country. Neeti is ex-advertising, ex-TV writer, ex-shy person and now a Bollywood screenplay writer. She has made people laugh all across the country and some in Singapore as well. Neeti was voted as the best Stand-Up Comic at the Oz Fest and was India’s first Stand-Up to perform at Melbourne for the prestigious Melbourne Comedy Festival 2013.

anu-menon

Anu Menon is actor- turned Lola Kutty- turned ex-Lola Kutty- turned mom- turned stand up comic. While she’s not juggling her various roles on stage, she also makes time to do cameos in popular films! Her secret to success – a good cup of green tea.