With his father’s magnum opus coming alive on stage this week-end, how does ‘Kalki’ Rajendran feel about it? “It is not easy to pull off an epic of this kind. I only hope that the troupe’s effort and enthusiasm are appreciated,” he says. “Expectations will be high, especially among those who are familiar with the work. It is natural for them to have visual images of the characters that travel across the volumes. Any deviation may leave them disappointed. This is where I appeal to the viewers to put the effort above everything else…”
Did he see the earlier version? “Oh yes, it is fresh in my memory. The sets were grand and the performances, excellent. No reason why the latest shouldn’t be as good or even better. I wish the team all success.”
Kalki’s granddaughter and Rajendran’s daughter Sita Ravi is eager to watch the drama unfold. “Magic Lantern’s first attempt was laudable. It was ingeniously crafted. This again will not fall short, I’m sure,” she says. “Theatre is more intimate to the viewer than celluloid. The action and the characters seem more real. Faults and shortcomings, when compared with the book, therefore will be forgiven.”
Well, we are talking about those who have read the original ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ and the translation. What about those who have not and will go to the show with an open mind and curiosity? “That will be interesting to watch,” laughs Sita.
In keeping with the mood, an exhibition reflecting the period in which the story is set, including photographs and models, has been organised at the venue.
Shows on June 8-14, 6 p.m.
Venue: The Music Academy
Contact: 72999 66666 or 4210 7267.