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Updated: November 28, 2013 19:24 IST

Rhymes on stage

Subha J Rao
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Bhargav Ramakrishnan of Evam
The Hindu Bhargav Ramakrishnan of Evam

Bhargav Ramakrishnan, director of Once Upon a Bak Bak Tree, says the musical is about the importance of friendship

This Sunday, children will enter a magical world of rhymes and stories, with Once Upon A The Bak Bak Tree. The play will feature some of the legendary Karadi Rhymes, which hundreds of children have grown up listening to. Bhargav Ramakrishnan of Evam directs Karadi Rhymes’ Once Upon A Bak-Bak Tree. He speaks about the musical treat.

The play, he says, is targeted at children as young as three and as old as 10. “I have tried to keep the play appealing to a large age group of children.”

Bhargav is full of praise for his actors and crew. “If 80 per cent of directing is casting, I definitely have a hit play. I had the good fortune of finding six gifted performers, each of whom brings a completely different energy, skill set and dimension to the musical,” he says. Venky gets the play going as the solo opener, Vikas’ physicality makes everything possible — from the crocodile to the lion and more, he says. Darshana plays the mouse. “Kiran’s infectious energy spreads to the audience, Nishant does wonders for the live effects and Drums Murali elevates the show to another level,” he adds. He also makes mention of the “unsung heroes”, the production and lighting crew.

So, what will kids take back from the evening? “If they leave the show feeling like they would after going to an amusement park… I’d be very happy, because the play is meant to be an audio-visual delight. On another level, I wish the play leaves them with a simple thought that friendship is important. That it comes in all shapes and sizes.”

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