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Meetu is a Singer-Songwriter, TV Host, and Vocal Acrobat

Based in New York City, Meetinder “Meetu” Chilana is the eldest of four children born to first generation Punjabi Sikh parents. Raised singing devotional hymns, they pushed her at a young age to perform at the temple and community events. “To tell you the truth, I was pretty shy,” she explained. “I would always say, ‘No I don’t want to perform!’ – and then secretly work hard on my performance to surprise them.”

Meetu is, in fact, full of surprises. Overcoming the challenges of balancing a home life deeply rooted in traditional culture, she’s established a prominent career as a musician and performer. Influenced by a family of doctors, science was an inherent part of her life. However, spending every spare moment performing – in a play, in jazz band, in show choir – helped her discover her true calling. Her infectious love of the stage was the catalyst that fueled her ambitions. Meetu’s career began to flourish after attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts: she became a lead vocalist and character in two Cirque du Soleil productions; she was one of 14 actors nationwide to be endorsed by NBC in their 2013 Diversity Initiative; she’s shared the stage with international acts like Ustad Sultan Khan, Karsh Kale, Nina Sky, and has performed at globally renowned venues from Mumbai to New York City and everywhere in between; she’s an actor, a TV host, and a voice-over artist that can be heard on the Far Cry 4 video game, as well as numerous books on Audible.com.

Impressive credentials aside, Meetu’s main focus right now is her music. Meetu’s latest release (a follow up to 2007’s debut EP “I Am.”) is a collection of four songs titled “In A Sense.” Indian-influenced and unabashedly cosmopolitan, the EP’s title track “In A Sense” and “Run Little Girl” showcase her invigorating vocal talent, and her cover of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” summons a 90s alt-rock noir influence that’s rich with melody and eloquent phrasing. Channeling a youthful essence to draw upon inner-strength, creating the EP helped her discover that at the core of innocence lies the nexus of creativity and personal power.

“For me, it’s about embracing all the things that make us authentically human – including loneliness and disappointment which ultimately enrich our experience of joy. There’s no need to hide behind images of having a perfect life. My music is about transparency and searching for the truth within.”

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Desi Well-Being Warriors: South Asians Breaking the Mold
Desi Well-Being Warriors: South Asians Breaking the Mold

READ: I was traveling with Cirque du Soleil in Moscow when I learned my cousin had passed. It was hard to process, especially being halfway around the world from family. After 4 years of touring, I decided it was time to be closer to home and find opportunities in New York. It was a difficult decision because I was soaring…

Ready to jump into the arms of my NYC community again, it was jarring to realize they had gotten used to me not being there. The loneliness and disconnection I felt after coming “home” was unexpected to say the least… READ MORE…

Meetu Chilana brings Bollywood, bhangra flavor to Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Zarkana’
Meetu Chilana brings Bollywood, bhangra flavor to Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Zarkana’

READ: She’s having the Cirque du Soleil experience of her life, but Meetu Chilana, who previously toured in Cirque’s production of Koozå and is currently winding up her run at Radio City Music Hall in the company’s Zarkana, is making it into the “Meetu experience.”

New York-based Chilana, who was born and raised in New Jersey, is playing the role of Clown Diva Castafiore in the surreal Zarkana (the title fuses the words “bizarre” and “arcana”), and understudying the fanciful roles of Lia (the magician Zark’s assistant), Mandragora (Flower Pistil Mutant Lady), Kundalini (Snake Mutant Lady), and Tarantula (Spider Mutant Lady). She also voices the animated Pickled Lady. …READ MORE…

A Cirque Show Even Non-Fans May Like
A Cirque Show Even Non-Fans May Like

READ: Cirque du Soleil, the entertainment behemoth created by Guy Laliberté, is a binary creature—you either like its fusion of ballet and death-defying acrobatics or you don’t. Zarkana, which has returned for a second, slightly trimmed-down stint at Radio City Music Hall, pushes the show’s dark edges even further. But Cirque haters beware: You’d be missing out to avoid it. Zarkana, written and directed by François Girard, achieves an effect that borders on rapture. …READ MORE…

 

 

Meetu Chilana: For the love of the stage
Meetu Chilana: For the love of the stage

READ: Meetu Chilana’s life has changed. Until a cou- ple of years ago she was like many other New York’s artists — buzzing with talent, yet struggling to be seen. But now most

of the days of the week, Chilana catches the subway from her apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and heads to Radio City Music Hall where she performs as an understudy in Cirque Du Soliel’s new show Zarkana.

On Sundays and every alternate Tuesday she plays the lead — Lia, the lost love of Zark, a magician. In this role Chilana is often hanging from wires — with a harness — while she performs the show’s high ele- ments songs as a snake lady, a flower girl, a spider woman and, of course, Lia. She has grand moments when she captures the attention of the entire 6,000 seat theater and she loves it. The rest of the week she plays other roles in the show. …READ MORE…

NY Review: ‘Zarkana’
NY Review: ‘Zarkana’

READ: Bisson and Chilana make a dynamic duet, her soaring voice a nice interplay with his more fluid tenor. Girard still makes time for quieter pieces, such as gorgeous sand painting by Erika Chen and the crowd-pleasing acrobat Anatoly Zalevskiy, who performs a simple routine displaying strength and elegance. …READ MORE…

Feature Articles: Meetu Chilana
Feature Articles: Meetu Chilana

DOWNLOAD: A PDF including articles featuring Meetu Chilana in Andpersand Magazine, Eastern Eye, The Indian American, Indus Age, Sher-E-Punjab, Nxg Online

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