Actor playing 'Raghu', Dancer
Kuldeep Apradh works as an IT Architect at Medtronic. He has participated as a Bollywood dancer in a musical directed by Harmonious Music and produced by CHANCE Foundation in 2016. He lives with his wife, Rasika in Plymouth and has been a resident of Minnesota for the last 15 years. He is a proud father of a first grader, Ranbir and a fourth grader, Kabir. He is an avid runner and has participated in many running events organized in Minnesota. He likes to spend time with his kids and yard work is his favorite pastime.
Kalyani Bhalerao is pursuing a Masters Degree in Information Assurance from St Cloud State University and has recently joined RBC Wealth Management as an intern. 'A Bollywood Twistery' is Kalyani's debut as a stage dancer. She participated in the Bollywood Musical created by Harmonious music and CHANCE foundation in 2016 as a make-up artist and was also a member of the back stage crew. Kalyani is an accomplished painter and has displayed her paintings and art work at various art shows in the Twin Cities. She and her husband, Muktesh live in the Twin Cities.
Actor playing 'Latika', Dancer,Director, Producer, Script writer
Neha Damle is a Chemical Engineer, a Music Teacher and a Vocalist by profession. She received her Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University and her AFA in Music from Century College. She is the owner and teacher at Harmonious Music on the weekends and also works as a Chemistry/Physical Sciences Lab Manager at Anoka Ramsey Community College in the Twin Cities on weekdays. She has written and directed a large scale Bollywood musical produced by CHANCE Foundation in 2016. She was also on the background score composition team for the same. In 2015, she composed a theme song for the CHANCE Foundation. She has been teaching intermediate-advanced voice and beginner's piano for the last 4 years, and has been composing music for the last 5 years. She has performed at several musical shows with cross functional and cross genre teams at different platforms for more than four years all over Twin Cities. She lives in the northern suburbs with her 1 year old son, Vihaan, husband, Pushkar and a cat, Coco.
Set Design Crew, Back Stage Crew
Neha Hirlekar is a Chemical Engineer with an MBA in Human Resource Management and Development. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Engineering Management from St. Cloud State University. She is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer, a form of Indian Classical Dancing, and has performed with her troupe at several events in India. She loves working back-stage and behind the scenes more than being on stage. She is extremely proud to be a team member of the set design crew for 'A Bollywood Twistery'. She is a big movie buff (Hollywood and Bollywood) and enjoys reading in her free time. She lives in the northern suburbs of Twin Cities with her husband, Aditya.
Back Stage Crew
Kuljeet Kohli works as a consultant for an IT company in Blaine, MN. Born in a middle class family, Kuljeet spent early part of his childhood in Dehradun, Uttaranchal in India and earned his Masters Degree in Computer Sciences from Delhi University, India. Kuljeet loves singing melodious Indian songs and has sung in the musical created by Harmonious Music and CHANCE Foundation in 2016. He was also on the set design team for the same musical. Kuljeet is one of the founders of CHANCE Foundation. He also likes to be involved in little remodeling projects at home or with friends and family. Kuljeet admires people who are well grounded and have a loving heart. He has been living in the Twin Cities since 1996 along with his loving and caring wife and two kids - a boy and a girl.
Actor playing 'Lily', Lead Choreographer, Dancer
Shilpa Kulkarni has been a Sr. Technical Recruiter for a staffing firm in Edina for the last 6 years. She feels that the best part of her job is meeting new and talented people. She loves to dance and act. She has been performing at several cultural events for a few years now where she has choreographed Bollywood dances and acted in stage plays. She is a proud mother of two beautiful daughters- seven years old, Ahana and five years old, Aanya and a wife to a caring, loving and supportive husband, Nikhil.
Actor playing 'Officer #2', Back Stage Crew
Muktesh Kuvalekar works as a Customer Quality Group Leader with Cummins Power Generation. In the field of art, his genuine love is for playing indian percussion instruments including Tabla, Dhol and Tasha. He has participated as a light technician in the musical created by Harmonious Music and CHANCE Foundation. He also enjoys playing cricket. He lives with his wife, Kalyani in Maple Grove, MN.
Actor playing 'Officer Apsara', Dancer
Arpita Mulye-Thatte comes from Mumbai, India. She is a Chartered Accountant (CPA) by profession and has been a part of the 'Fringe' fraternity as a Bollywood dancer for the past two years with Bollywood Dance Scene. She has acted and danced in a Bollywood musical created by Harmonious Music and CHANCE Foundation in 2016. In addition to these big shows, she has participated in several cultural events as a Bollywood dancer. She is an avid traveler and has visited 24 countries so far. A creative cook, she has appeared in two cooking shows in India. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Anup and they both live in the Twin Cities.
Priyanka Mundhra is a professional dancer-choreographer and the owner of a dance academy, "Bolly-Moves MN by Priyanka". She participated in MN Fringe 2015 as a dancer and a choreographer. She has worked with Shaimak Davar's (One of the top Bollywood and contemporary choreographers in India) dance troupe for several years and has performed with him and his troupe at several locations in India. She has been in the USA for the past 9 years and lives with her husband and two children in the Twin Cities.
Actor playing 'Monty', Dancer, Social Media & Marketing Lead
Hailing from the 'Silicon Valley of India', Bangalore, Nikhil Nagaraj is an Application Developer by day and a 'performing arts' enthusiast and connoisseur by night. When he is not writing programs, he takes great interest and pleasure in flexing his fingers on a guitar fret board. Having been a part of a few cover bands in India and the US, he loves singing Heavy Metal songs. He is a big believer of what, the famous Kurt Cobain once said, "Its better to burn out than fade away".
He says, he has always belonged to the stage ever since he can remember, be it acting, dancing, singing, playing with his band, hosting various events or even trying to ace academic debates. He has had the pleasure and privilege of serving as the President of Indian Students Association during his graduate program in the USA. He also is one of the Board of Directors at one of the biggest non-profit, community based organizations in the state, The India Association of Minnesota(IAM), where he co-leads the Cultural activities leg of the organization. Acting in theatrical plays has turned out to be his new found love, after he was offered one of the lead roles in the Bollywood Musical directed by Harmonious Music and produced by CHANCE Foundation in December 2016 . His wife, Svidha and he have made the Twin Cities, their home along with their fur baby, a 6-month old, Labrador puppy, Ozzy .
Make-Up Artist, Back Stage Crew
Bhavna Panchal works as a Software Analyst for US Bank. She is very passionate about baking and runs a home based business of selling cookies and cakes. Her hobbies are traveling and working on craft activities with her 2 year old daughter. She lives with her daughter and husband, Divya.
Actor playing 'Jiggi', Dancer
Kewal Panchputre has a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota and works as a Software Developer. He has acted in several school plays in India but his first professional performance in the US was in the musical directed by Harmonious Music and produced by CHANCE Foundation in 2016, where he received an overwhelmingly positive recognition and feedback in a comic role from the audience. His hobbies include experimenting with food. He lives in the Twin Cities with his lovely wife, Pranjali.
Actor playing 'Rocky', Dancer
Pratik Pranay works as an Investment Management Analyst at Allianz. Pratik received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked as a senior scientist for a couple of years before jumping in to the finance world. Pratik enjoys an active lifestyle including running marathons, playing competitive Cricket and Tennis, cooking authentic spicy food and dancing to Bollywood music. Although considered to be a ‘natural actor’ among his friends, ‘A Bollywood Twistery’ is his stage debut for acting.
Actor playing 'Sweetie', Dancer
Rasika Raut works as an IT Business System Analyst at Medtronic. She has participated as a dancer in a Bollywood Musical directed by Harmonious Music and produced by CHANCE Foundation in 2016. She lives with her husband, Kuldeep in Plymouth and is a resident of Minnesota for the last 12 years. She is also a soccer mom of a first grader, Ranbir and a fourth grader, Kabir. She loves cooking and gardening. Her interest in cooking has earned her the first prize for two consecutive years in events organized by the non-profit organization, Marathi Association of Minnesota, which she is an active member of.
Vasav Sahni is a Senior Scientist at the 3M Company, where he develops new products/technologies. Fortune magazine featured him as having the coolest job in the Fortune 500 companies. He hails from New Delhi, India. He received his undergraduate education at IIT Delhi, India and his PhD at the University of Akron, OH, US. Due to his history of working with spiders, he's referred to as "Spider Man" by his colleagues, but has unfortunately not developed the ability to climb walls, yet. His likes include playing volleyball, pool, occasional binge-watching scary movies, and of course, dancing! He has performed in dance events at many cultural festivals both in India and US.
Sharvari Sangle works as a GIS Analyst at SRF consulting group with past experience as a GIS developer. She has received her Masters degree in Geographic Information Science from the University of Minnesota. While in India, she has performed at several intercollegiate competitions in the fields of Bollywood dancing, acting, and singing. She has also been a part of the backstage crew for several performances. She has anchored and hosted various events in India. She is also an abstract painter. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Rahul.
Deepa Sanwal is a CPA by profession. She was born and raised in the United States and speaks fluent Hindi. She is a complete Bollywood fan and dreams to enter Bollywood one day, or become a CIA officer! She has performed Bollywood dances in several weddings and shows throughout the midwest. She performed with the Bollywood Dance Scene at the highest selling 2016 MN Fringe show. In 2016, she aired live at iHeart Radio station, 101.3 KDWB and got a chance to be the 'co-host'. 2017 has brought a new venture for her in the modeling industry. She enjoys long distance running, weight lifting, playing volleyball, and baking.
Stage Manager and Tech Support
Anup works as a senior SAP consultant at Cognizant. He was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He is a multi-faceted musician and plays the guitar, tabla, flute, harmonium and sings. He has been a member of several musical groups and has been performing on stage in India and in the Twin Cities. He was a part of the background score composition team for the musical created by Harmonious Music and CHANCE Foundation in 2016. He has also composed background score for Dreaming Duos, a team that makes Marathi short films and interview web series. He also loves to cook, travel and hike. He and his loving wife Arpita, live in the Twin Cities.
Akshay Tyagi is an ERP consultant by profession. Bollywood dancing is his passion. He recently moved to Minnespolis in January 2017 and has always been on the lookout for opportunities to perform and dance. So far in these few months in the Twin Cities, he has performed at the Hot Indian Dance Off organized by Bollywood Dance Scene, in flash mobs and at several other stage performances at cultural events. Akshay is going to do his dancing debut at Fringe with 'A Bollywood Twistery'.
Actor playing 'Shalini', Dancer
Leena Vaidya was born and raised in Pune, India. She is an attorney by profession and has worked as a lawyer in India.
While growing up, she was a part of NCC (National Cadet Corps) and has won several medals. Leena has been involved in various projects and activities related to social work. She is one of the founder members of CHANCE Foundation, an organization based in Minnesota, which is actively working for the underprivileged children. She has acted in a Bollywood musical created by Harmonious Music and CHANCE Foundation in 2016. Apart from that, she has acted almost every year for the past 20 years in Marathi plays, organized by Marathi Association of Minnesota. She has also directed several stage plays. She is trained in Indian classical music and Indian classical dances like Kathak and Bharatanatyam. Cooking is her hobby and she loves feeding her friends and family. She lives in the Twin Cities area with her loving husband, Utpal and is a mother of three wonderful children, two of whom have already graduated college and one is almost there.
Set Designer, Photographer, Treasurer, Back Stage Crew
Pushkar Vaidya works as a Technical Project Leader at Cummins Power Generation. He is an avid wildlife photographer and has won awards for his photography. He is a trekker and hiker and plans to conquer all fouteeners in the US in next 10 years. He loves indoor and outdoor gardening. He rents a small land plot every year in community gardens and grows vegetables. He was a part of the set design team for a musical production that was directed by Harmonious Music in 2016. He lives in the northern suburb of Twin Cities with his son Vihaan, wife, Neha and a cat, Coco.