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Real life, interstate love stories staged to the tunes from popular films

CultureLead4MEET a new couple, and chances are you will be curious as to how they met in the first place. Or so believe Aloke and Arundhati Biswas of Maam Entertainment, the people behind Jab we Met 2 States – a production based on real-life love stories. “We create events around a theme,” says Aloke Biswas. “Last time, we used popular film songs to narrate how married couples meet and fall in love. This time, the focus is on unity in diversity. So it is about couples who have found romance despite being from different cultures,” he explains.

CultureLead3All star cast
Performers from all over India will collaborate to put it together, including Bangalore-based female vocal ists Sinchan Dixi t and Samanvitha Sharma, Mumbaibased performer Gaurav Bangia and Kolkata’s rising star Kinjal Chatterjee. They are joined by 11-year-old Anjana Padmanabhan, last year’s Indian Idol Junior winner, and well-known instrumentalist Kishore Sodha on trumpet.Together, they will cover popular numbers including Senorita (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara), Aaja Meri Jaan and Piya Bina (Abhiman). Their performances will be united by anchor Rashmi Shetty, whose job it is to ensure that the audience doesn’t lose sight of  the stories behind the music. “You need to find the perfect song for each situation, which requires a lot of research,” says performer Samanvitha Sharma, elaborating, “This show is special because it’s less about individual singers and more about the concept.” Her costar Kinjal Chatterjee is equally excited by the concept, saying, “I’m thankful to be involved in Jab We Met Two States as it’s so different from other projects I am doing. It’s the whole theatrical concept, which is completely new.”

Crowd-sourced couples
The participating couples were identified through social media channels. A call for unusual love stories was posted on Facebook, and then spread through Twitter and WhatsApp. Tomorrow’s show features a mix of a Punjabi and, Malayali, Sindhi meets Bengali and Bangladeshi comes together with Benga l i . All are now Bangalore-based, and they have been invited to watch their stories unfold musically on stage. “Seeing our story on stage was absolutely wonderful,” says Ekta Shah, whose marriage to her childhood sweetheart featured in the first edition. “It was very nostalgic, and the songs selected to tell our story were very appropriate,” she explains. This audience involvement is what makes this performance stand apart from standard film songs. “Everyone in the audience will be able to relate to these stories because they are so real,” shares Gaurav Bangia, who is singing in the show. “Ultimately, romance transcends boundaries,” says Bangia in conclusion. At Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Malleswaram. September 6, 6.30 pm. Tickets (Rs.330 upwards)on
bookmyshow.com.
—Maegan Dobson Sippy

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