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Thursday, December 18, 2014


(Pranesh Maharaj in”'Kishore Kumar ki Kangana”. Pic by Naven Lee Moodley)

It is widely known, the world over, that many stars out of Indian Cinema owe much of their fame and fortune to a voice that backed their musical performances in film. Kishore Kumar was an icon for bringing out the best of an actor in the most jovial and most melodramatic moments. His baritone and yodel were the classic traits of his singing style. Whilst he went through the mills of struggle to get into the industry, not having had classical training, once there he left an indelible mark that ceases to go away.

For South Africans frequenting cinemas and drive-ins, hiring a VHS or DVD, watching the B4U classics on the Dish; an array of memories are created and many nostalgic times reflected on. Durban playwright and director Vivian Moodley has combined the various genres of Indian Cinema into a single story that dates back to the 1800's and brings audiences back to present day; culminating the greatest hits of Kishore Kumar. He has also used the dialects of these areas and times from the Bihar village, to Bombay, to Pakistan and Durban.

Kangana means Bangle: you will have to watch the play to find out more. Polart Productions have gone bigger and braver on the casting. Featuring the movement leadership of Brilliant Mthethwa, the musical genius of Tansen Nepaul and featuring Umishka Deonarain in her debut performance opposite Pranesh Maharaj.

Kishore Kumar ki KANGANA has a performance for one night only at the UKZN Westville's Varsity Hindu Centre on December 27 at 19h00. This is a lovely auditorium situated just below the temple, the dome of which you will see if you travel all the way up Varsity Drive.

Tickets R100 available at Shoprite / Checkers or Computicket.