Watching a Tamil play on a heat Sunday night turned out to be a nice expertise. It was the twenty fifth present of United Amateur Artistes’ (UAA) newest play  Charukesi, staged at Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, T. Nagar. Melodious music that performed in the background set the tone for the play, named after a Carnatic raga and spun round the life of a musician.

The present started with a transient AV on the journey of UAA from the days of Y.G. Parthasarathy, and then appeared the protagonist Charukesi (Y.Gee. Mahendra) presenting a feisty thillana at the finish of a live performance.

The concept for the script, written by Venkat, got here from the late ‘Crazy’ Mohan. The play has been directed by Y. Gee. Mahendra.

The story revolves round the life of Charukesi, a well-known musician, and his battle with Alzheimers. Distraught over being ridiculed by individuals, who as soon as celebrated his musical expertise, he and his household discover methods to deal with the state of affairs. When Charukesi succumbs to the illness, ragadevta (lord of music) seems and blesses him to be reborn as a musician. It is a type of an open-ending that permits the viewers to interpret the scene in their very own method. Though the deeper message, conveyed subtly, was that artwork by no means dies and legends reside on.

The play could seem to strike a sombre notice however there are scenes akin to these between Charukesi and Chellappa (Balaji), who plans his concert events and manages his finance, and additionally these that includes Suppini, president of a music sabha. These have been conceived in the trademark YGM type.

Mahendra, who completes six a long time on stage, makes an affect along with his portrayal. The scene the place he tries to cover his embarrassment over forgetting the lyrics of a tune throughout a live performance resulting from his medical situation was significantly shifting.

The previous few minutes of the play ran excessive on emotion. Charukesi is taken to a police station by a constable on suspicion however is bailed out by a man from a close by hutment.

Kaushika as Charukesi’s daughter-in-law got here up with a neat efficiency, whereas first-timers Kala Varadhan and Francis (wants to enhance his enunciation), didn’t disappoint both. V. Balasubramanian, who performs ragadevan, has additionally composed the background rating.  UAA offered the occasion in affiliation with Valarmadhi Productions, Abbas Cultural, and Roshni Fine Arts.

It’s not typically that you simply get to see a play primarily based on the life of a classical musician. In that respect, Charukesi is a welcome concept.

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