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Jahnvi Shrimankar, Kailash Waghmare: She grew up in a large joint family in South Mumbai. He in a family of marginal farmers in Maharashtra’s Jalna district. Her grandmother introduced her to the nuances of Dadra and Dhrupad through Haveli Sangeet. He taught himself to sing perched on a Neem tree while grazing cattle in the vast open grounds outside his village. From childhood she was rigorously groomed to be a singer with no room for distractions. His musical influences were diverse; the courtyard outside his home was an open stage for every passing itinerant performer. She found success as a commercial singer, but is still looking for her artistic “voice”; he found success as an actor but music remains his source of creative inspiration.
Two talented performers from different backgrounds, different life experiences, facing different artistic and social challenges, yet bound together by their love for music, come together to share their life stories with searing honesty, humour and emotion.
In telling their stories they share music from different traditions such as folk, classical, popular cinema, political, as they sing live, accompanied by a highly skilled band.
Same Same but Different is a treat for the mind, and the heart!
Directed by Sapan Saran
Performed by Tamasha Theatre
Mumbai based theatre company ‘Tamaasha Theatre’ was founded in 2014 by Sunil Shanbag and Sapan Saran with the intent of creating engaging and stimulating theatre productions.
Tamaasha believes in a theatre driven by ideas and works hard to create a context for its work. It looks to engage with a wide definition of theatre and the arts, and explore new texts, ideas, talent, and a deeper connect with audiences.
Sapan Saran is a poet, writer, and director based in Mumbai. She is the co-founder of the theatre company, Tamaasha Theatre. Tamaasha has worked extensively on performance making, exploring and extending alternative performance spaces, and supporting the theatre ecosystem in Mumbai. Sapan also runs Studio Tamaasha, an intimate curated performing arts center in Mumbai.
Her association with theatre began with a collaboration with contemporary dancer Astad Deboo. Her first play as playwright, Club Desire, directed by Sunil Shanbag, produced by the National Centre for the Performing Arts (India) & Theatre Arpana, was selected for Bharangam International Theatre Festival, 2015. In 2017 she was invited, along with UK based writer Sudha Buchar, by the National Theatre of Wales to write : Sisters – a one year long project on the lives of South Asian women; their histories and experiences. She is a recipient of the Tendulkar-Dubey Fellowship, 2018 given to promising young theatre practitioners. In 2020, she directed the Mumbai chapter of the Chilean Anti Rape Song which was performed at several protest sites in India, and also opened the Queer Azadi Mumbai Pride March 2020. Her poems have been published in several Hindi magazines, including Sahitya Akademi’s Samkaleen Bharteeya Sahitya.
Jahnvi Shrimankar is a versatile singer who sings bhajans, folk, ghazals & semi-classical songs and is trained by stalwarts like Kaumudi Munshi, Purshottam Upadhyay & Gautam Mukherjee. She has performed in over 800 shows in India and abroad including concepts as Navras, Ishq Sufiyana, Raga Rang, Raagas to Rock at prestigious Music festivals. She sings for films (recent track Dholida from Gangubai Kathiawadi), jingles, albums, TV serials, plays and continues to experiment with various forms of music and is now experimenting with various sounds, singing styles and musical instruments for healing purposes.
Kailash Waghmare is an Indian actor who is noted for his work in Marathi theatre and cinema. Having made his debut on the silver screen with Manatlya Unhat: In the Sunshine of the Mind (2015), he subsequently starred in films like Half Ticket (2016), Bhikari (2017) and Dry Day (2018), directed by Pandurang Jadhav. Kailash plays a prominent part in the famous play – Shivaji Underground in Bhimnagar Mohalla, conceived by Sambhaji Bhagat and directed by Nandu Madhav.
Rohit Das is a composer, songwriter, producer, guitarist and a vocalist. His music is an eclectic mix of Hindustani classical, alternative fusion and electronic, a unique sound to the music scene. He started his journey forming and playing with a band called Translucent. He has been closely associated with the Mumbai Theatre scene for the last 10 years during which he has worked with all major theatre groups and directors in Mumbai.
Tushar Kadam likes to beat things: drums, boxes, bartans, and even his knees. His degree in Biotechnology gave him an opportunity to beat away the competition at various college festivals. He then beat the Djembe with Ustad Taufiq Qureshi, and soon multiple other instruments with fusion band Aadya. He was also drawn to the rhythm of the boards, and worked as an actor with several groups like Pravesh, MCC, and Anubhav, and directors like Shri Rang Godbole, Vibhavari Deshpande, Nipun Dharmadhikari.
Sadanand Mulik studied under Sangeet Ratna Vilas Bua Patil for 12 years and developed into a versatile dholak player much sought after in music and theatre circles. He has accompanied Hindustani music legends like Shubha Mudgal, Aneesh Pradhan, and harmonium maestro Sudhir Nayak. He has worked in television and cinema.