The Humour Society of Coimbatore spreads some more cheer and laughterThe Humour Society is organising a play fest with Crazy Mohan's Meesai Aanaalum Manaivi and Jurassic Baby. The plays will be held at Anna Auditorium at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University on March 17 and 18 at 6 p.m. The tickets are priced at Rs. 3,000 (for two for both plays), Rs. 2000 (for two for both plays), Rs. 250 (for one for one day). For details, contact: 93630-20193 and 94429-20049.
It beats watching evil machinations on soaps. An evening spent chuckling, giggling or even just smirking, works wonders for the constitution and we have it from the indefatigably funny doctor, G. Lakshmipathi. When the venue for the meeting organised by the Humour Society of Coimbatore is the comfortable and intimate GKNM auditorium, there is everything to smile about.
Word playThat evening, it was a guest from Chennai. A former television newsreader, film actor and an active theatre personality, P.C. Ramakrishna entertained the audience with the hilarious consequences of miscommunication. But, not before Lakshmipathi shared a story of an affluent patient, who hearing the doctor prescribing `local' anaesthesia for him insisted he wanted only an `imported' one. Boyish pranks, college escapades and embarrassing but painfully funny moments on stage were recalled and shared. Like the time, a disgruntled fellow actor stole his thunder just as he was about to deliver some of Shakespeare's most coveted speeches."The queen my lord, is dead," was the cue for Ramakrishna to launch into the famous lines, when the fellow actor in sepulchral tones declared, "The queen, my lord, is much better!" Ramakrishna said it pained him to dwell on what followed and so he moved on to Julius Caesar where the person who played Caesar was in mortal fear of the one who played Casca as the latter hated him. And, to his misfortune, Shakespeare deemed that the first stab on Caesar's person would be from envious Casca! Of course things ended happily, but at that time, Ramakrishna assured us, it was hardly funny.
Painfully funny!Nor was it laughable when an over enthusiastic stage hand filled wine goblets (made from paper cups!) with sand so that they would not fly off and Ramakrishna with a flourish quaffed it off and barely survived to tell the tale. Innumerable anecdotes later that banished all sulks, serious airs and sobriety, if any amongst the audience, the evening drew to a close with bakala bhath and banter.PANKAJA SRINIVASAN