Manu Narayan is a New York based artist who crosses all mediums of the performing arts. He has been hailed by the UPI as a “promising young star…a compelling actor and outstanding singer who can light up a stage with sheer force of personality.” In his career, Manu has appeared all over the world as leads in Film, on Television, in classical and modern plays, Broadway musicals, and in live concert. Among the highlights, Manu co-starred in Mike Myers’ Paramount Pictures comedy The Love Guru. In the film he plays Mike Myer’s sidekick “Rajneesh” – the Love Guru’s assistant or “Moral Compass” alongside, Mr. Myers, Jessica Alba, and Justin Timberlake. Recently, Manu finished shooting Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps with director Oliver Stone, and the new AMC Network (The US Network of Mad Men) television show RUBICON. Currently Manu can be seen in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender in theaters worldwide.
Independent film credits include lead roles in Quarterlife Crisis with comedian Russel Peters and actress Lisa Ray, Hiding Divya with Madhur Jaffrey, and the upcoming film It’s All Been Arranged,
In the US on Television, he has guest starred on Law and Order: SVU, The Sopranos, and in the pilot episodes of Cashmere Mafia, Lipstick Jungle, Spike Lee’s Mayor of N.Y, and Geena Davis’ Exit 19. He is currently recurring on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. He can also be seen recurring on the PBS animated series based on NPR’s Car Talk entitled Click and Clack…..
On stage, Manu is most widely known for originating the “hero” Akaash in the hit A.R. Rahman musical Bombay Dreams on Broadway; the Drama League recognized him for his work. Off Broadway, he was in the revival of Eric Bogosian’s subUrbia, and in Getting Home, both at Second Stage Theater. He also was Whizzer in NAATCO’s Falsettoland at the Vineyard and originated Siddhartha in SIDD: the musical at the Dodger Stages. Manu was in the world premiere of Pulitzer prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Park’s F@#king A with Mos Def and S. Epatha Merkerson at the New York Shakespeare Festival/ Public Theater and has starred with Cyndi Lauper, Fisher Stevens, and Garth Hudson (from “The Band”) in New York Stage and Film’s workshop production of Largo.
Outside of New York, Manu has been seen in leading roles across the country. This past year, He played Mike in the Kennedy Center’s critically acclaimed revival of Terrence McNally’s The Lisbon Traviata. He has played the title or lead role in productions of Cyrano, Romeo and Juliet, The People Next Door, Rodgers and Hart’s musical The Boys from Syracuse, Stoppard’s Indian Ink, Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, A Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, Love’s Labor’s Lost, The King and I, and Fame: The Musical. Manu has also toured the USA and Canada with the Broadway tour of Miss Saigon.
In addition to acting, Manu also has a varied and successful career as a live and Recording Singer / Saxophonist. As a concert artist, Manu has been asked to sing and has performed in concert for many distinguished dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, George W. Bush and Senator Hillary Clinton. As a singer with the GRAMMY award winning Klezmer musician Frank London (of the Klezmatics), Manu has performed concerts across the US and in Italy and Russia.
In recent recordings, Manu adds his ethnic vocals to Jazz vocalist Gregory Generet’s track “Caravan” featured on Mr. Generet’s debut album Re:GENERET-ion. On the critically acclaimed Frank London concept Klezmer / theater album A Night in the Old Marketplace, Manu sings as the lead vocalist on multiple tracks. When he was asked to host and sing at the 2006 Bollywood fashion Awards, Manu approached Radovan Jovicevic (founding member of Yugoslavia’s Grupa Zana) to create some original music. Their band Darunam (www.darunam.com) released an initial EP including the video for the single “All that’s Beautiful Must Die”. The Darunam sound, with Manu as lead singer and Radovan as lead guitar brings together the melodies and rhythms from three homelands: America, India, and Serbia creating a Neo-world-pop sound. Their single “Have Me” was heard on the Vanessa Williams film And Then Came Love. Their newest album of Electronic Lounge/ World music with Canadian Clarinetist Milan Milosevic is entitled “The Last Angel on Earth” and was released through a live concert for the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) National Radio. The Last Angel On Earth, getting radio play worldwide, is available at thelastangelonearth.com. All the above albums are available on the internet as well as I Tunes.
Manu grew up in Delmont, Pa. where his parents emmigrated to from India. His father Jambunathan Badri Narayan is from Mylapore and went to Loyola College and mother Vatsala was born and raised on the Champion Reefs in the Kolar Gold Fields. Manu showed an affinity for music, dance, and drama at a very young age. Manu is an accomplished classical saxophonist both in the western style – he has performed the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto with orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Pittsburgh- and in the Indian Karnatic style – he is the Karnatic saxophone student of Sri Kadri Gopalnath from Mangalore where he lived and studied in the Gurukul tradition. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA.
Seema Rahmani has been traveling and performing as an actor over the last several years with bases in New York City, Los Angeles and Mumbai. Her most recent ventures include the superhit comedy Loins of Punjab Presents…, shot in Mumbai and New York. Another project which has brought Rahmani respect and reverence over the last two years is the hosting of NDTV Good Times’ animal-loving show Heavy Petting. She has three new film projects to be completed by year end.
Rahmani was first recognised for her mettle when she emerged as the female lead in the loosely inspired from real life incident-based film Sins, directed by Vinod Pandey with worldwide distribution by Yashraj Films in 2005.
Other projects include:
Behind the Bodice, dir. Italo Spinelli, Calcutta-based feature film inspired by Mahashweta Devi’s short story, an Indo-Italian venture currently in post-prod.
Shakalaka Boom Boom (2006) dir. Sunil Darshan
Karamchand (2006) dir. Pankaj Parashar, Sony T.V.
Missed Call (2005) directors Vinay Subramanium and Mridul Tulsidaas
Banana Brothers (2005) dir. Girija Shankar
Hum Kaun Hai (2004) dir. Rajiv Sharma
Arjun Varma (2004) dir. Sandeep Varma, Zee TeleFilms
Big Fat Indian Wedding, host, NDTV Good Times
Alias (2001), ABC- Network Television, U.S.A.
Roswell (2000), Warner Brothers, U.S.A.
Seema was born in Kuwait where she spent her younger schooling years. She finished her high school and college in New York and Boston. Rahmani then moved to Los Angeles and spent a couple of years working in theatre and TV before moving to Mumbai in 2003.
Rahmani has savored her travels and her life through her expressions which include performing as a lead singer with a rock and roll band Hi-Tide in Mumbai in 2003; through her published compilations of spiritual poetry titled Euphoria ~ A Journey Unravels; and as an artist on stage performing in over 30 theater and musical productions in Los Angeles, California (2000-2003).
VASANTH “VAZ” SANTOSHAM
Vaz was born in Baltimore, MD. He currently resides in Chennai. He is the first Indian to complete the full 4 year acting training course from the Moscow Art Theater School in Moscow Russia. While in Russia, Vasanth appeared in Film, Televison and Stage.
Some of his roles include Shakespeare’s Othello and Lopakhin from Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Vasanth is also co-founder of Studio Six Theater Company, a non profit theater company based in New York.
Vasanth has directed and acted in several plays in New York including Ostrovsky’s Too Clever by Half and an adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s novel Demons.
He can be seen in the upcoming feature film Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain opposite Martin Sheen, Kal Penn, Mischa Barton, and Rajpal Yadav.
Raja Sen is not a professional actor, and in fact spends his time telling them how bad they are. A film critic of immense notoriety, Sen hasn’t acted since college, and this is his debut. He writes on movies, motorsport and music for Rediff.com, Rolling Stone, India Abroad, Mumbai Mirror etc. Sen is also a Bollywood screenwriter.