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Lia Chang Photos: Desipina & Co. presents Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri’s “Bakwas Bumbug” at The Wild Project in NY, June 22-26

(L-R) Samrat Chakrabarti, Bakwas Bumbug co-creator, co-director and composer, Shiv on the drums, Lipica Shaw and Nick Choksi in rehearsal,at DANY Studios in New York on 6/16/11. © 2011 Lia Chang

(L-R) Samrat Chakrabarti, Bakwas Bumbug co-creator, co-director and composer, Shiv on the drums, Lipica Shaw and Nick Choksi in rehearsal,at DANY Studios in New York on 6/16/11. © 2011 Lia Chang


From June 22-26, 2011, Desipina and Co. (Rehana Lew Mirza, Artistic Director & Rohi Mirza Pandya, Producing Director) is presenting Bakwas Bumbug, an electrifying musical reinvention of A Christmas Carol, told thru the looking glass of NYC Immigrants and Hyphenated America, composed by Samrat Chakrabarti and featuring a book and lyrics by Sanjiv Jhaveri and Samrat Chakrabarti, at The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd Street, between Ave A & B in New York.
Bakwas Bumbug cast with co-creator and co-director Sanjiv Jhaveri in rehearsal at DANY Studios in New York on 6/16/11. © 2011 Lia Chang

Bakwas Bumbug cast with co-creator and co-director Sanjiv Jhaveri in rehearsal at DANY Studios in New York on 6/16/11. © 2011 Lia Chang


The five workshop performances for Bakwas Bumbug are Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm, and a Sunday matinee at 2pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at http://www.desiclub.com/bakwas or https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/842695.
The cast of Bakwas Bumbug in rehearsal at DANY Studios in New York on 6/16/11. © 2011 Lia Chang

The cast of Bakwas Bumbug in rehearsal at DANY Studios in New York on 6/16/11. © 2011 Lia Chang


Bakwas Bumbug has a raw in-your-face energy that combines the angst of shows like RENT and AMERICAN IDIOT with an Eastern melodic flair. Kiarri D. Andrews, J. Kaitlin Becker, Christian Carter, Nick Choksi, Andrew Guilarte, Ryan Kim, Roopa Mahadevan and Lipica Shah are featured in the workshop production of this Popera (pop opera) that shares catchy, soulful and haunting melodies.
The cast of Bakwas Bumbug with co-creator and co-director Sanjiv Jhaveri in rehearsal at DANY Studios in New York on 6/16/11. © 2011 Lia Chang

The cast of Bakwas Bumbug with co-creator and co-director Sanjiv Jhaveri in rehearsal at DANY Studios in New York on 6/16/11. © 2011 Lia Chang


Bakwas Bumbug, the first Indian American full length musical written, composed & performed by the Diaspora, features Samrat on the keys, Shiv on the drums and Tony in the booth. The creative team includes lighting design by Jeff McCrum, costume design by Jenny Fisher and set design by Shehab Hossain.

Bakwas Bumbug
June 22-26, 2011
The Wild Project
195 E. 3rd St., btwn Ave A & B
New York
Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm
Sunday 2pm
Desipina & Co. Website

Sanjiv Jhaveri has been a professional actor for the last 14 years with credits in theatre, TV, film, voice-overs, and audiobooks. He has a long history of working with Desipina and Samrat Chakrabarti.

Sanjiv Jhaveri, co-creator and co-director of Bakwas Bumbug in rehearsal at DANY Studios in New York on June 16, 2011.  Photo by Lia Chang

Sanjiv Jhaveri, co-creator and co-director of Bakwas Bumbug in rehearsal at DANY Studios in New York on June 16, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang


With Desipina, he has served as a writer, director, associate producer, and dialect coach. With Samrat Chakrabarti, in addition to Bakwas Bumbug, he has co written three 11-minute musicals for Desipina’s highly successful “7-11 Convenience Theatre”: A Very Desi Christmas, Soonderella, and Who Killed Mr. Naidu First?. He is very proud of his long collaboration and friendship with Samrat Chakrabarti, as this synergy always shines through all of their work.
Samrat Chakrabarti, Bakwas Bumbug co-creator, co-director and composer in rehearsal at DANY Studios in New York on 6/16/11. © 2011 Lia Chang

Samrat Chakrabarti, Bakwas Bumbug co-creator, co-director and composer in rehearsal at DANY Studios in New York on 6/16/11. © 2011 Lia Chang


Samrat Chakrabarti, co-creator, co-writer and composer of Bakwas Bumbug, is an award-winning actor and internationally acclaimed musician. His musical collaborators include: Robert Brustein (founder of Yale Repertory Theatre & American Repertory Theatre), Sabir Khan (son of musical maestro Ustad Sultan Khan), Jared Stein (from the Broadway show American Idiot), Deborah S. Craig (from the Broadway show The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Roo (from the band, House Jacks), Meetu Chilana (from Cirque Du Soleil), Manu Narayan (from the Broadway show Bombay Dreams), John Clark, Ajay Naidu and others. Chakrabarti has also composed music for over a dozen films, including, Rehana Mirza’s Hiding Divya, Ted Wallach’s Oil: A Love Story, Sundaram Tagore’s Natvar Bhavsar: Poetics of Color,and Manish Acharya’s Loins of Punjab Presents. He is the recipient of a U.S. CARA for Best Original Pop/Rock Song for his composition “What’s It all About” and the 2010 TMG Award for Global Achievers in the category of Film, TV and Drama, for his outstanding body of work as an actor.
Samrat Chakrabarti Photo by Lia Chang

Samrat Chakrabarti Photo by Lia Chang

Chakrabarti recently starred in three short films- Rehana Mirza’s Zameer & Preeti: A Love Story, Shiva Shankar Bajpai’s Raju and Soham Mehta’s Fatakra – that screened at the New York Indian Film Festival in May. Chakrabarti also composed the score for Fatakra, which has garnered accolades at Film Festivals across the country including a Student Academy Award, the Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions award from the 2011 LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL and the Audience Award for Best Short at the 2011 Sarasota Film Festival.

Film projects in the can include A.J. Carter’s Extinction, Deepa Mehta’s Winds of Change, Dagen Merrill’s Murder in the Dark, Michael Walker’s Price Check, Salim Khassa’s Desperate Endeavors and Richard Atkinson’s Dogs Lie, which received an “Honorable Mention” in the Narrative Feature Category at the 2011 Los Angeles Movie Awards. His recent guest starring appearances on TV include “Outsourced” (HBO), “In Treatment” opposite Irrfan Khan (HBO), “30 ROCK” (NBC) “The Horrible Terrible Misadventures of David Atkins,” and “Bored to Death.”
Samrat Chakrabarti Website

The cast of Bakwas Bumbug with co-creator, co-director and composer Samrat Chakrabarti in rehearsal at DANY Studios in New York on 6/16/11. © 2011 Lia Chang

The cast of Bakwas Bumbug with co-creator, co-director and composer Samrat Chakrabarti in rehearsal at DANY Studios in New York on 6/16/11. © 2011 Lia Chang


The cast of Bakwas Bumbug in rehearsal at DANY Studios in New York on 6/16/11. © 2011 Lia Chang

The cast of Bakwas Bumbug in rehearsal at DANY Studios in New York on 6/16/11. © 2011 Lia Chang

Other Articles by Lia Chang:
Photos: Christmas in June w/ Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri’s “Bakwas Bumbug” at The Wild Project in NY-6/26
Photos: Samrat Chakrabarti, Soham Mehta and Shiva Shankar Bajpai at the New York Indian Film Festival
Click here for other articles on Samrat Chakrabarti.
Multimedia: The River Crosses Rivers Opening Night Photos
Shailja Gupta’s WALKAWAY with Manu Narayan, Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri, Opens on 26 Screens Across 18 Cities on 10/29
Photos: André De Shields leads the cast of Charles Smith’s Knock Me A Kiss at The National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, 8/2-8/4
Photos: “How To Succeed” stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rose Hemingway & John Larroquette at Lord & Taylor Fifth Ave
My portrait of “New York actor Thom Sesma’s Makeup Transformation into Scar in The Lion King” on view in HHC’s New York City: IN FOCUS, Vol. 2- 7/14
Photos: Phylicia Rashad, Michael McElroy, Marva Hicks in Broadway Inspirational Voices “Wondrous Grace” Concert in NY
Photos: Playwright David Henry Hwang in rehearsal at the Goodman Theatre for World Premiere of Chinglish
Photos:Alexander McQueen:Savage Beauty Extends at Met through 8/7
Photos: Willie Reale, Frances McDormand, Lewis Black, Bela Fleck, Renee Goldsberry, Duncan Sheik, Lisa Benavides, Abigail Washburn, Tim Blake Nelson at The 52nd Street Project Benefit
Photos of AEA’s Asian Heritage Celebration, featuring the Leviathan Lab Asian American Women Writers Workshop
Victory Gardens appoints renowned director and playwright Chay Yew as its new Artistic Director
Up Close and Personal with Darren Pettie, Star of The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore
Photos: David Duchovny, John Earl Jelks, Amanda Peet, Tracee Chimo
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography


Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden. Lia currently plays Nurse Lia on “One Life to Live”. She has appeared in Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and “New York Undercover”.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are now in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre, Broadwayworld.com, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle, Timeout.com, Villagevoice.com, Playbill.com, Theatermania.com, thelmagazine.com, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

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