A visually challenged girl's exploits in mimicry at school art fete
Staying away from the hustle and bustle of the student crowd, Jaseela Jannath, a standard X student of Villiappally MJVHSS, was busy practising some of her exclusive numbers for the mimicry event at the Kozhikode Revenue District School Art Festival at Vadakara on Saturday.
For her, it was quite an insecure setting where the most talented candidates were brought in to fight for the prestigious prize.
As the curtain went up, Jaseela, with a yellow veil over her head, appeared quite confident on the stage. Her challenge was to recreate the true ambiance of a railway station which she had never seen in her life. But, the girl unflinchingly conquered the ears of the audience by creating an ambiance which most of them were familiar with.
Only a few knew that she was visually challenged as most of them were glued to her astounding performance.
Winning the State eligibility for mimicry was a dream for Jaseela, which came to fruition on Monday as the judges’ panel also pronounced their verdict in favour of this 15-year-old student.
Warm hugs from her teachers and generous applauds from fellow contestants came in search of the winner proclaiming that she could stand out well in the crowd.
Along with recreating the scenes of a railway station, Jaseela grabbed the instant response of the audience through imitating socio-cultural leaders and film stars.
Actors Innocent and Prithviraj; music director Sarath; critic Sukumar Azhikode; and poet Sugathakumari were among the characters Jaseela imitated on the stage.
“I worked a lot to grasp the exact voice of the characters for the stage show. It was also a challenge for me to overcome the hurdle as a girl performer as mimicry was always a field dominated by boys,” Jaseela said.
She said the days ahead would be hectic as she wanted to learn more items for the State-level event.
The girl who is deeply in love with the sound of ‘children and their mothers’ said she would present an item on that theme at the State-level event.
“My attempt will be to simultaneously produce the lullaby and the mild crying of an infant on stage with maximum perfection,” she said.