Doha residents to perform a musical in India

 13 Jun 2017 - 11:37

Doha residents to perform a musical in India

The Peninsula

Doha resident Latha Anand and her team of nine artists never imagined that their musical drama - directed for a stage performance in Qatar - would gain such popularity and appreciation.

The ten artists from Qatar will soon be heading to India to perform in front of some of the known names from the art industry in Kerala.  

The artists have been invited to perform musical 'Thadaka Enna Dravida Rajakumari (Thadaka a Dravidian Princess)' at the ninth Adoor Bhasi Television Award to be held on June 29 in Trivandrum.

The team is excited about their performance also because they would be performing in front of leading celebrities from Malayalam cinema, stage and television, and well-known political leaders.     

"It is a great honour for us to get such a stage as this is one of the highly acclaimed events and they rarely have cultural programmes. The event is a three-day telefilm festival where on the last day awards are distributed," says director of the musical Latha.

Based on a Vayalar Ramavarma poem by the same name, the musical is about the beautiful demoness Thadaka and sage Vishwamitra who calls on the 14-year-old warrior Rama to kill her. But the young boy gets distracted by Thadaka's beauty.

“As per mythology young Rama and his brother Lakshman kill the demoness on the orders of sage Vishwamitra. But the poet imagines her to be so beautiful that Rama falls in love with her. And is torn between his infatuation for her and his duty as a student to the sage,” adds Latha. A not-so-traditional take on the mythological episode, the poem gives out an important message of doing one's duty irrespective of your emotions.

The role of demoness Thadaka will be done by Kaveri Venugopal, while Nayanendu Anand and Sreejith P Pillai will enact as the 14-year-old Rama and the sage Vishwamitra. The other cast members supporting them and playing pivotal roles are Arya Suresh, Ambili Sreejith, Anjana Lekhsmi, Mala Rahul, Navami Sivaprasad and Reshma Girish. The entire musical has been choreographed by Susadima Susan.

The musical was first performed in Doha at the Vishu programme of Kerala Social Culture Association (KSCA) by the same artists who are members of the association. "The videos from the practise session was shared by me with some friends in Kerala who are in the field of art. Though always critical of each other's work, they appreciated the performance and congratulated me, " says Latha. The practise video and the final video was liked and shared by the artist community, some of whom were members of the Adoor Bhasi Cultural Forum. 

The members are all working professionals from various organization who are performing out of their love for the art form. “None of these members are stage artists but have toiled for months to ensure that they give their best performance, concludes Latha. 

The programme will take place at Victorial Jubilee Hall, Trivandrum, on June 29.