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A licensed New York State attorney since 2003, Nishi works full time as a personal injury insurance defense litigation lawyer for a large in house defense firm in midtown Manhattan. She serves pro bono as a human rights lawyer has expertise in foreign policy, international affairs human rights law; she is Founder President of the human rights nonprofit Leading Light Foundation. Nishi is an advocate for children’s rights volunteered in the past for ECPAT USA to help end the sexual trafficking of children. She presently serves on the international human rights committee of NYC’s Bar Association.
Nishi has been producing music since 2003 came out with her 1st EP CD in 2005. After performing NYC’s club, bar lounge circuit for 6 years, in 2011, Nishi released her new dance singles in 2012, launches her 1st music videos new album Master of My Fate. As an actress, Nishi has been performing in musical theatre since 2009 working in film television since 2010. In 2011 alone, Nishi has starred in 4 Off Broadway plays musicals and worked on 6 new feature films. Nishi is an amateur astronomer who enjoys studying astronomy physics, is an archaeology buff who led the NYC Archaeology Meetup Group from 2005 2008 is also a huge Japanese anime manga fan who designed websites to her favorite series led a NYC Japanese Anime group. In her free time Nishi writes fantasy fiction children’s stories. Nishi’s song Story from her 1st EP was recently licensed and featured in the new Sailor Moon Movie.
“Not for children,” is what this Broadway and Bollywood Princess has to say about the new Off Broadway musical she stars in this November. With songs such as I Want Your Sex which Nishi wrote and sings half way through the production, and performs as a lap dance upon veteran actor Carl Ly min, this is not your grandmother musical.
Indeed, Angels Giants Monsters, written and directed by Philadelphia based playwright Exavier Wardlaw Muhammad, is a Biblical themed musical based on the Book of Enoch and set during the beginning of the Old Testament. The Book of Enoch is not a part of the modern Biblical canon, but its story is echoed in the Book of Noah and tells of the days before the Flood, when giants and monsters roamed the earth.
In Angels, Nishi plays Lilith, the first woman ever created by God. Created equal to man, Lilith is a very smart woman, smarter even than the first man, Adam. Rejecting Adam comical advances, Nishi “Lilith” uses her beauty, intelligence and sexual wiles to take revenge upon a God she feels has cursed her to an eternal life where she is not truly free to live as she wishes.
For Nishi, a professional singer who released her first CD in 2005, and a professional actress who has starred on the New York City stage in musicals and plays since 2009, the role of Lilith is one that is new and challenging. Nishi had just finished performing as a sexual and predatory vampire vixen in Dracula with the Brooklyn based Heights Players Theatre in September, and immediately went into rehearsals for Angels in October. Nishi Lilith, she says, bares similarities to her sex kitten vampire vixen, but is much more emotional, volatile, unstable and deeply angered by God. “This is a role I was born to play,” says Nishi. “I sing with vengeance, with power, with lust. Through Lilith, I not only portray her sexual and emotional depths, but also my own.”
The musical begins with the creation of mankind and the arrival of the Fallen Angels of God, led by Lucifer, also known as Satan. Lucifer has refused to obey God command to bow down to the men made of clay and tells his Angels they will rule man as is their right and take wives of men and rule the world. It is through Lilith that Lucifer first acts. Lilith, having been created equal to Adam, wants more from her eternal existence than to be a simple mate to Adam and runs away from him. When God Angels visit her to order her back to Adam, she refuses and curses the line of Adam. Making love to Lucifer, she helps to create a world of demons, becoming the mother of all demons.
The musical, says Nishi, at times comical, is a story of beauty tragic and horrific. It explores the unjust horrors of the world, from murder and rape to the eventual destruction of all that is bad. The musical is an open commentary on the story of the demons and angels in the Bible. Due to its adult content, potential audience members are cautioned if they are easily offended or may be disturbed by scenes of implied rape and murder.
Nishi, described popularly as a Bollywood singer because of her Indian background and dance music which contains seductive Indian beats, was raised in upstate New York from the time she was five years old. She credits her musical style to growing up in the and with artists such as Sting, Madonna, Aerosmith and Creed; the Red Hot Chili Peppers are her favorite band. With powerhouse vocals showcased in songs such as Hell is Full of Sunshine in Angels Giants Monsters, Nishi influences as an American rock and pop singer are well evidenced throughout the production.
The musical is comprised of significant talent. Lucifer is played by international film, television and radio star Louis Williams, whose film credits include Europe Reanimator and Vivancos III, Dune 7 and whose American film and television credits include performances with Sydney Pollack in The Sopranos, with Matt Dillon and Danny Glover in The Saint of Fort Washington and with Mickey Rourke in Thirteen.
The talented cast includes Mark Gering in the dual roles of Adam and Abel, Matt Metzgar as Cain and Azazel, Cinzia Mungo as Eve and exceptional actors, musicians and dancers Avery Benson, Anna Nora Bernstein, Ruya Koman, Joyce Laoagan, Carl Ly min, Joel Magee, Gideon Samson and Jatin Saraf. The playwright and director himself, Mr. Exavier Wardlaw Muhammad, arrives to portray Enoch at the end. Nishi and her co stars have all contributed original music, lyrics, songs and melodies to the production. The principal songs and scores are composed by blind musician Lou Champion, and musicians and artists Elliot Levin and Max Benson.
Angels Giants Monsters opens November 25, 2011 for a limited three night only run at the Medicine Show Theatre at 549 West 52nd Street on Manhattan west side by 10th Avenue.
I had the honor tonight of the Editor of Prishtina Press cover my recent appearance and performance on India Talks TV last Tuesday. Below is an in depth article editor Ermira Babamusta, a woman who started Prishtina Press as a voice for Albanians, helped write and published. She is a supporter of my music and careers in film and theatre and has been one of my foremost supporters since this past May when I sent her my song Release Me. I am indebted to her for her kindness and for putting my music and film theater careers out there for the world to see. Our lives are built upon the love and kindness of friends, family and strangers. She is a music phenomenon whose recent LIVE performance on New York India Talks was watched by thousands worldwide. Nishi (full name Nishi Rajan) was originally born in New Delhi, India and is from the South Indian state of Kerala. She moved with her family to New York when she was five years old and has lived there ever since. Singing since she was little, Nishi pursued her musical talents professionally when she began working as a lawyer in Manhattan in 2003. Nishi released her first EP in 2005 of original songs ranging from Indian dance to rock and pop love ballads. Nishi voice and style have been compared to Dido, Madonna and Jewel.
It didn take long for Nishi to become noticed with her dance single Release Me. Her single Bollywood launch party this past summer and her career over the past six years have been highlighted on a variety of well known radio and television programs, including India Talks LIVE, with broadcasts on Time Warner Cable, Verizon Fios and RCN. The Indian Princess was featured on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 for the Diwali show. The LIVE one hour program entertained Indian and American audiences from New York City and online worldwide with Nishi performing LIVE on air songs from her upcoming new album, Master of My Fate, accompanied on piano by Raul Anadon, a member of her band The Nights.
After singing her new dance single, Release Me, a sexy Indian drum driven dance number, Nishi was interviewed by India Talks LIVE host Sam Shivraj about her new album, new theater performances and new starring roles in film. Nishi discussed the release of her upcoming supernatural thriller feature, Sid Paralysis, in which she starred as protagonist Kareena, and her work on the independent short film, The Process, where she starred as photographer Tessa Long.
During the interview, Nishi co star in Sid Paralysis, Anup Suganan, phoned in from Los Angeles to join the conversation long distance. Both discussed on air how the full length feature film, by award winning Pakistani and British American director Babar Ahmed, was filmed in only 2 days and nights. Viewers of India Talks were shown a one minute clip from the film which was entirely improv with only a minimal script. For Nishi, this was the first time she had seen the clip as the film had been under tight wraps by the director pending festival submission.
Ethan Sacchi, Nishi director in the movie, The Process, also phoned in from Philadelphia and discussed on air Nishi work on his film, shot over four weekends on location in Philadelphia in February of 2011 during one of the coldest winters on record. Nishi explained that even though conditions were not ideal, the crew and actors came together, enduring bitter winds and evading police who prohibited them from filming on the Philadelphia river wharfs, to shoot the final scene of the movie, which Nishi said is her favorite of the whole film.
Nishi was then asked to sing her pop love ballad, Story, a romantic piano song which has been picked up and featured in the new independent movie Sailor Moon, based on the original Japanese anime and manga/graphic novel Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi. The new Sailor Moon movie is produced by Elana Mugden and is to screen in New York City in November at Webster Hall.