Bisakha "Pia" Sen is the founding director of Notinee. She is the director and lead choreographer of Chitrangada, Warrior Princess, and is also dancing the role of Chitrangada. Dr. Sen is trained in the Indian classical dance styles of Manipuri and Odissi, and grew up dancing in numerous productions of Chitrangada in her native India. She wrote a script for this production in English, which is narrated within the show by members of the cast and explains each scene to the audience. Dr. Sen is a professor at UAB, and is on the Boards of Alabama Dance Council and The Women's Fund.
Surupa (transformed Chitrangada) - Piyalee Das
Piyalee Das is the founding director of Creations, an Indian Classical dance troupe based in Birmingham. She is a co-director and co-lead choreographer of Chitrangada Warrior Princess, and is also dancing the role of Surupa. She is trained in the Indian classical dance styles of Bharatnatyam and Kathak. Piyalee has danced in various productions of Tagore's dance dramas in her native India often under the direction of her mother the Late Mrs. Swati Das. Ms. Das is an executive at Regions Bank.
Madana - Shannon McMahon
Shannon McMahon is Notinee's coordinator and has been with the troupe since the beginning in 2006. She is a co-director of Chitrangada and dances the role of Madana. Prior to joining Notinee Shannon trained in bellydance. Shannon has performed with Notinee all over the Southeast, as well as in major shows in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Las Vegas, and led the Notinee team that performed in Red Mountain Theater's 'Secret Garden' in 2016. She completed her formal training and ‘dance graduation’ in 2017. Shannon is faculty at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
Arjun - Vivek Singh
Vivek Singh has always had an interest in the production of shows and plays. In 2014, he decided to shift to the front of the stage and joined Notinee as a dancer, and has been regularly performing with Notinee in and around Birmingham since then. He is thankful to be dancing the role of the famous warrior Arjun and is thrilled beyond words to be in a production of this magnitude with his sister, Indira and mother Dora. Vivek is a Junior at UAB majoring in Business & Theater. In his spare time he plays Lacrosse.
King - Rohit Mallik
Rohit Malik has been a theater enthusiast all his life and has acted in plays growing up in India. That said, this is his first venture on stage in a dance drama and he is thoroughly enjoy his involvement with this production. Rohit's is a physician in his day job and a member of the Indian American community. In his spare time he plays golf and loves to travel.
Narrators - Rupa Kitchens, Nirja Patel, Uma Srivastava, JianHua Zhang
Rupa Kitchens, Nirja Patel, Uma Srivastava, JianHua Zhang are long time members of Notinee and have performed in most of Notinee's major shows. They are the narrators in Chitrangada, Warrior Princess, and are tasked with explaining each scene to the audience. Rupa is the team lead for the narrators and is in charge of rehearsals, JianHua remembers everything, Uma lent her voice, and Nirja's charge is to compose the movements for the group. Nirja is a senior dancer with Notinee and completed her formal training in 2016. She works at Protective and is studying for her actuarial exams. Rupa is an urologist with The Urology Centers of Alabama, JianHua is factulty at UAB, and Uma is with Pack Health.
Chitrangada's friends - Traci Smith, Dianna Xing, Krishna Shah
Dianna Xing, Krishna Shah and Traci Smith are responsible for choreographing dances in Chitrangada, Warrior Princess and also have major roles in the production. Traci is a guest artist and a long standing member of the dance community in Birmingham. She performs regularly in Birmingham dance events and is trained in bellydance, yoga and loves Bollywood dance. Dianna Xing and Krishna Shah are senior dancers of Notinee. Dianna is trained in modern dance and in ballet. Krishna completed her formal dance training with Notinee in 2015 and has been a captain of UAB's competetive dance team, Rangeela, since 2016.
Neha Yerubandi, Lipsa Rani, Monisha George, Tulsi Vora, Khyati Patel and Shilpi Dwarkesh are members of Creations Kathak Group in Chitrangada have significant roles in the production. They are in multiple scenes, expressing through dance, Surupa's thoughts as her relationship with Arjun progresses. Along with their interest in Creations Kathak, they are professionals in banking and healthcare industries.
Anusha Mukherjee, Anushka Patel, Ayona Roychowdhury, Eesha Bannerjee, Indira Singh, Maya Kitchens and Roshni Datta are members of Notinee's main troupe and have significant roles in Chitrangada, Warrior Princess. They are students in local area high schools, and along with dancing for Notinee have interests ranging from girl scouts, robotics, choir, piano, violin, and karate. In spite of their packed schedules, they have worked very hard on their dances and are thrilled to be performing at a production of this magnitude. They thank their parents for their support, and Pia for this opportunity.
Subha Prahad, Radhika Pant, Shivika Dwarkesh, Anusha Singh and Oshin Patel are members of Creations Kathak Group and have significant roles in the production. They are in multiple scenes, portraying the magical beings or celestial bodies accompanying the transformed Surupa. Along with their interest in Creative dances, they are professionals and students following musical and athletic pursuits.
Palace Ladies - Annette Reynolds, Dora Singh, Maria Pisu, Mukta Joshi, Purvi Shah, Sadhna Malkani, Smita Shukla
Annette Reynolds, Dora Singh, Maria Pisu, Mukta Joshi, Purvi Shah, Sadhna Malkani, Smita Shukla dance the roles of palace ladies. As part of the ensemble, they appear in a number of scenes. Annette, Dora, Maria, Mukta and Purvi are members of Notinee and perform regularly at Notinee shows. Sadhna and Smita are guest artists who are pleased to join the Notinee team for this production. The ladies have varied interests - pharmacist, physician, teacher, art therapist, restaurateur, housewife, and they are involved in various cultural organizations.
Teen Chitrangada and friends - Sophia Sultan, Ellis McCool, Saisha Dangle
Sophia Sultan, Ellis McCool, Siasha Dangle are members of Notinee's junior troupe. Sophia dances the role of Chitrangada as a teenager, while Ellis and Saisha dance the role of her friends. They are also part of the ensemble, with other roles spread throughout the production. All three are in the "Hunt" scene and in the magical sequence with "Madana", Sophia joins more senior dancers as a member of Chitrangada's army in the "Battle" scene, while Ellis and Saisha dance with "Kurupa".
Young Chitrangada and friends - Aarvi Shah, Maliha Mukherjee, Vedika Sharma
Aarvi Shah, Maliha Mukherjee, Vedika Sharma are the youngest members of Notinee's junior troupe. Aarvi dances the role of young Chitrangada, while Malliha and Vedika dance the role of her friends. They are also part of the ensemble, with other roles spread throughout the production. All three are thrilled to be part of the production and absolutely love their gorgeous costumes.