Sunday, January 29, 2017

Review of Tamil Play : NAAM ENDRUM ORUVAR from Mali's Stage

29 January 2017   :  Inauguration of the Tamil Play from Mali Stage – Naam Endrum Oruvar.
Venue :   Mylapore Fine Arts Club -   Karthik Fine Arts

Drama / Tamil Play:   Naam Endrum Oruvar
Story & Dialogues:   K.S. N. Sundar
Direction - Kudandhai Mali

Presented and produced by Mali Stage.

It was pleasant Saturday evening, the time for some good theatre experience, we went to MFAC, the stage that sets most of the inaugural shows sentimentally for most of the drama troupes in the city.   Karthik Fine Arts is known to have given great opportunities to talents and Mali Stage is one of the most pioneer drama groups in the City.   

Foreword:  Awesome concept, excellent acting, amazing coordination and great direction and dialogues.  

Plot & Review:    Advocate Meenakshi donned by none other than theatre star Sowmya Ramnarayanana, daughter in law of great Mr. Mali sir himself is the highly determined women feminist advocate.   She is popular and love the prestige as being called specialist lawyer in divorce cases.   She advocates the same theory and uses all the loopholes in the law to get divorce for her clients.  She ensures that her lady clients get divorce, no matter what and irrespective of whether the divorce reason is genuine or not.  She is also known as kayirasi divorce lawyer.    Her husband Mr. Sundaram, acted by Bhaskar is also an advocate who advocates against divorce.  His theory is that husband and wife should try to reconcile, realign and remove the differences and lead a happy life.   Bhaskar did an amazing job almost in every scene in the drama and needs great applause.  Baskar had been a real pillar of the show and awesome acting with his charismatic portrayal of the character.  Probably, he needs little more makeup to look older as a father and father-in-law.   

Their only son lives in USA and is married to a girl called Charu.   The plot goes around when Charu send a divorce notice to her husband and how the advocate Meenakshi fights between being a mother and an advocate.   Her version of divorce changes and takes twists and turns based on the events happening in her own life.   Sowmya acted very well as a professional lawyer and appreciate her way of dressing and changing of 7 sarees in 1.5 hours drama which is not an easy feat.   

Balaji who acted as the son did a neat job by showing emotions of a youngster caught between parents with two different attitudes towards life and his commitment to marriage and love for his wife Charu.   Sundar Sir did a wonderful script.   Arvind is another talent artist who performed well.   The Sambandhi to Meenakashi acted by Arun was a humble character showing real emotions and the Gumastha character shows how it actually operates in Indian courts and how the real Clerks feel and work. Well done Arun Sir for your modest and flawless acting .   Ramani Sir is an experienced artist who needs no recognition and did a wonderful character as a father showing his acting experience and emotions required of the play.   

Daughter in law Charu character did by debut actor Ramya to the Tamil Stage did a good job.   Her expressions were good and there is scope for lot of growth for her in the theatre arena.  Monaja acted as Jennifer, the foreign lady did a good acting though her part was only for one scene and did a neat job.  

The volume could have been better and mikes probably need to increase the volume as at places, the dialogues were not audible.   However, other than the minor initial issues, it was an excellent show.  The lighting effects and music was good and back stage support also need to be appreciated for their quick turnaround of the stage sets and wonderful coordination.  

The end to end credit goes to Mr. Mali for such a wonderful play.  For the theater lovers, this play gives you a good concept and relevant to the present day scenario.   Instead of opting for divorce, if our youngsters and their parents give some time for reconciliation, many a relationships would be saved.   

Divorce is not a wrong thing if there are genuine cases of harassment, dowry, betrayals and any other serious issues.   But today, the youngsters lose patience easily in relationships, opt for change, jump the guns at the fall of a hat, and take decisions hastily and regret later.   This drama is a lesson to all those people.      Though humor was not the objective of this play, you do get to laugh at the twists and turns of the play itself and Sundaram and Meenakshi steals the show.    Worth watching when played in stage. 

Congrats Baskar Balasubramanian & Soumya Ram and congrats team... enjoyed the evening! Well penned story with expert direction and action.     

Kudos to the entire cast and crew of NAAM ENDRUM ORUVAR.  

Sunday, January 15, 2017

One Day trek to Gudiyam Caves and Poondi Reservoir

Rock shelters of South India and known for pre-historic stone tools and culture. Trek with Rootwalkers. This ancient site situated in Thiruvallur district near Poondi reservoir. It is 60 kilometers away from Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Gudiyam Caves Chennai transports you literally to a bygone era...

Looking for a day's trip out of Chennai and a journey into wilderness? Well then, Gudiyam Caves (about 60 km from the city) located in Thiruvallur District is a great bet. A place that's said to be used by Paleolithic man, just getting to the caves is an experience to savour.

There are several reasons why this is a must-visit if you're from Chennai. One, it gives you a chance to catch a flavour of rural life, combined with all of nature's beautiful elements. The trek to reach the caves, about five kilometres from the Gudiyam village, is an exciting one that will leave you wanting for more. If you're lucky, you'll be able to spot some rare birds on the picturesque route to this place.

The trek can be quite exhausting, thanks to the rugged road, but it can also be exciting due to the overgrowth of plant life in the side of the path. At some places, the plant life is so overgrown that you might have to crawl under it and at some other places, they form a neat canopy over your head, offering you some much-needed shade.

Once you reach the caves, savour the hugeness of the structure and the several bee-hives in the vicinity. For those who wish to catch a glimpse of the local tradition, a visit to the small temple (more like a sannadhi) situated at the caves is a must.

The trip to Gudiyam and back can be quite interesting otherwise as well; for you'll pass through Poondi reservoir on the way. This place is quite a sight to behold, especially in the evenings when the sun is about to set.

How to get there
- If you're going by car or private bus (the best option), start early in the morning and take the road to Poonamallee. Have your breakfast and pack some stuff to eat/drink there, for after that, shops are quite sparse in number.
- From there, head to Poondi reservoir.
- Equire with locals about the route to Gudiyam village and get set for an adventurous and picturesque countryside. At the end of the Gudiyam village, you'll spot a tall watch tower. Do inform the guard on duty there about your trek before you embark on it as the route could be unsafe at times. To be on the safer side, you could also check with the local authorities/achaeological department a few days in advance and inform them about your plans.

What to carry
- Loads and loads of water and anything that'll quench your thirst. While it's true that summer is the best time to go for this trek, (for, if you get caught in the rain during the trek, there's no respite) it's also that time of the year when the sun beats down mercilessly.
- A variety of eatables, as post Poondi, there're very little food options available.
- Spare footwear. Avoid shoes as there could be puddles on the way, but ensure you choose some sturdy footwear.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

#ClickArtMuseum Chennai - A Fun Trick visit in Chennai -celebrate the child in you

It was a lazy Saturday afternoon, when my daughter and I wanted a day out for ourselves and then we gathered another set of mother and sons and drove down on the ECR Road, in Chennai towards VGP Golden beach.

Adjacent to the Golden beach is the VGP Snow Kingdom and inside this snow kingdom is India's first Trick Art Museum ...and the admission fee is Rs 150 per head.   It is worth for the amazing art and the way the whole museum is displayed though it is small in size and lacks air conditioning.   what matters once you reach there is the amazing work of art and the way you can start clicking pictures playing like a child wanting to pose more and more with each work of art.

Weekends usually get crowded and especially works well with teens who come in big groups.   So make it on a weekday for a free time to take all pictures of your choice and then if you want, you can spend time and money in the snow world as well.   This particular museum has limited art pieces but amazing one's and carry a good camera will add to your advantage with good friends to pose with you.   Here are the few pictures, we have taken.