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The Theatre Act

“World is a stage and we are all actors playing our part here” wow what a cool saying na, do you know who said it?, cause I don't, so if you find out temme too ok... :P

Well you might be guessing, back after almost a week and what is thousif talking about??, well my frenz first of all apologies for being so late, cause my journalism course is sucking out life from my body. literally, reason is I have to report dussherra events as assignment for my class and believe me, covering the world famous MYSORE DUSSHERA is a tough job.

All was not bad from this reporting job that my ma'am put me in, actually other than the hectic schedule, the experience is awesome, I mean I haven't experienced life as much as I am experiencing it right now, and I am absolutely loving it..

So here I am today to share another one of my life's most memorable experience that I will never ever forget for as long as I live....

Our ma'am put us on assignments from the 2nd week of our college itself (i.e 4 days back), the assignments were to cover the ongoing dusshera events to be held in Mysore and report in, I was told to cover the Flower show along with trade exhibition and my frenz were put to other events, where one event was the theater play festival which would go on all week.......

I was covering my events and was busy in that, but on 22-09-09 usha my classmate said to me...

“I watched a play yesterday which my friend suggested, and I loved it, well if you are free today we can watch another play today, I heard its worth watching, Others are coming, Wat say? you up for it?”

Confession: I am not a “play” person, I am more like the cliqued “Movies are for me” kinda kid.

So when she said play, I instantly thought, serious performances, screaming by actors along with despair and desolation, I immediately screamed “Nahin” on top of my lungs like kirron kher shouting in dostana when she gets to know abhishek is gay :P.

She was taken aback and said “Just give it a try dude, you got nothing to lose and don't worry its a comedy act so at least you can have a laugh, you are the only one out, don't play a spoil sport now”

I dint want to go but somehow agreed due to her's and my friends pressure, as I reached the place named 'Rangayana' (where the festival was being held) and when I entered it, I was greeted by the sight of gallery of photographs of the veterans who have performed there, I was just beginning to like theater” when usha broke my trance by suddenly calling me and said “The play is about to start so we better get in the theater”, I followed her and sat in.

The play started and I got to know it was actually a kids play named Ajjiya Kathe (A Grandma's tale), I thought “Kids doing theater oh where have brought myself into”. But I was slapped right on my face by the performance which started from the first minute of the play, the acting, the screen presence, the confidence of the kids who acted, I mean those kids didn't have the slightest fear in their eyes, no stage fear at all, I mean I still get scared (just a little ;)) when I talk in front my class some times, and these kids acting in front of a live audience was some thing words fail me to explain to you guys.

The overall theme of the play was “How even a woman can do things what men can do, and how she can sometimes even beat men at their own game”, it was so effectively told that you had to see it, the act was so perfectly directed, so well acted, that I was just sucked into the play, and I was the first person clapping when the event ended wiping tears from my face.

Tears+Thousif, that means it had to be something big, so the reason for my tears had 2 reasons, one was how I had missed some very memorable experience which I could have gained earlier, but dint have the resources to, and the 2nd reason was when I heard, when the kids said which school they were from....

The kids said they are from Deena Bandhu school, and that hit me as I had thought looking at their performances that, these kids might be from some fancy art school, the specialty of Deena Bandhu school is that, the school is a sponsorship school, where a person sponsor's a child for their studies and also for their living which includes food and clothes, as these children cannot afford it because they and their parents are so very poor.

When I looked into the prospectus of the school about what its doing, I was so impressed that I made myself a promise then and there that, when I get a job, not matter how tough it gets I will sponsor a child for his/her education,...

I came out of the play and was thanking usha from left right and center, if not for her I would have missed some thing very important in life, and because of her I am now a fan of theater plays and guess what I am also acting in one, nothing is final yet but plans are going on, but there is hope.

I just hope I wont make a mess of myself on stage by my stage fright :P, wish me luck guys loads of it.....

Moving on from there lemme continue, I went to see a play the next day by forcing everyone and I was in for shock as it was so awful that I came out half way through it, but today I saw one again which was so very good that it even beat my likes of the 1st play that I saw..... So......

In the end I just wanna say, don't think doing just one thing which you like will do you good, even if you don't like something, give it a try, it may bring you happiness or it may be a waste but it will be a experience none the less, so you have nothing to lose right??.

And take this as my humble request to all of you, Puhleeze watch a theater play if one is playing in the place where you live, cause it will show you what real acting and real screen persona is all about, rather than the fake that they show in movies, sure movie actors act too, but its nothing, I mean nothing in front of theater artists.........

Saying that I bid adieu to all of you, I wish a very very HAPPY DUSSEHRA to all of you, have fun kicking ravana's ass ok :P, and I thank for all the guys who wished me in the last post, thank you guys I was really touched by your words :).......

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16 comments:

Mustaf said...

Good one, even I least expected after reading the kids performance that they were from such schools. It shows talent does not know rich,poor,big,small any classification for that matter, it just needs nurturing. And kudos to those teachers of the school, these are our real heroes and not the one earning crores while playing and also not the ones earning millions acting in a single frame after trying 10 times and most of them returning nothing back to the society!!!

Can't you give it some more exposue,because you are already in the journalism field, may be publishing an article in local news paper or something similar so that more people come to know about this noble effort.

manjiT said...

yea... kids really dont have stage fear. its an unnecessary evil that we pick up as we grow and then try the rest of our lives shaking it off... at least true with me, but good to see it disappear slowly.

p.s i didnt know u were a journalist. they are the most powerful species. so would u be...

sanely insane said...

i think u shud find an empty stage...get on it...imagine a huge crowd sitting in front...and then...let out a huge BURP!!!

:P :P

but really tht shud work

Arpitha Holla said...

hii..
ur articles r really good..
and tht ws said by shakespeare...

Thousif Raza said...

@ mustaf: well thx for the idead yaar, it dint really hadnt occurred to me, not that you have said i will, thx for the comment really :), take care

@ manjit: yep and thx for the appreciation ya :)

@ sanely insane: cool idead will check it out and will also suggest tyo my frenz too :P, welcome to my blog, hope to c more of you here

@ arpita: hey yaar thx and welcome to my blog, glad you liked the post hope to c more of you here, take care :)

pawan said...

Wow,
Glad that you have realized the importance of plays.
Pity that our city does not entertain stage shows.

Btw, you in journalism!
Cool!
I think it is an interesting profession, what say?

Thousif Raza said...

@ pawan: yeah man..... its a very very interesting profession and i am loving it, just hectic thats it, but thats not a prob at all..... take care

ANWESA said...

U covered Mysore Dussehra? Wow!!!
And yes,the theatre experience s something that my heart went out for...salutes to those kids...

happy dussehra to you too!!!!

Thousif Raza said...

@ anwesa: same from me too..... have fun, take care

Butterfly Thoughts said...

Hi thousif. nice post.yes there r so many such kids around who are brillaint in so many ways and we shud help them in whatever little we can. Hope you enjoyed ht edussehra festival. With journalism as your subject you can really give it more exposure and create awareness.Keep smiling.
I too want to watch a play but not sure in Bangalore where they have hindi plays.

Vyazz said...

Nice article...and wuz great to get back to ur blog once again...cant say how much I missed blogging......
No more breaks from blogging this time... :)

Keshi said...

Nice :)

Hey Thousif hows u? ty for all ur msgs so far. u r so very caring.

Keshi.

Gayathri said...

Oh wow..glad that u realized the intensity of a theater play ;)
and whats with dussera and ravana?? ravana;s defeat and deepavali is together dude!!

Toon India said...

nice post dude..and very happy dusheera to you too!!

Thousif Raza said...

@ butterfyl thoughts:thx for the advice ya i will really look into it and see that t its published

@ vyazz: glad to see you are back man, dont go anywhere now ok, take care

@ keshi: i am good keshi just hope you are fine too ya, i just want you back, with you smiling face and persona, take care

Thousif Raza said...

@ gayathri: yes ma'am i did realize, and i guess i am rgt, because in dusshera ravana got killed and in deepavali they returned to their homeland, get your facts rgt girl :P

@ toon india: hey man welcome to my blog: glad you liked it, take care