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The children of Calibre Academy and Mrs. YGP School brought to life the bygone era of the Cholas, when they presented their mammoth production of Kalki’s famous classic, Ponniyan Selvan, on the 31st of March, at the Kamaraj Arangam before an august gathering made up of distinguished guests such as Dr.Mrs. YGP, Shri C.V.Karthik Narayanan, Author, Ponniyan Selvan, English translation, Mrs. Sharadha Nambi Arooran, Commissioner, Rights to Information, Film director Cheran and Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam.
The children of Calibre chose to enact just the beginning of this great epic covering the first two books, promising to come back next year with some more plots, conspiracies and action from the same classic.
It was a total theatre experience with live music, live dialogue delivery interspersed with authentic dances pertaining to the period, in the relevant scenes.
Children from the pre-kg to standard 9 took part in this production and every single child played her /his role to perfection. What was most appreciated by our distinguished guests was the attempt of the school to stick to the text as much as possible and yet leave a lot to one’s imagination by a clever usage of the props. The attempt to recreate the scene by the Cauvery river on the auspicious day of Aadi 18,the formation of a live fort of Tanjavur by the senior children, the grand entry and exit of the Periya Pazhuvettarayar followed by his wife in a palanquin, the fight scene between the guards and Vandiyathevan,the hero of the production, and the confrontation scene between the two main women characters of the play,Pazhuvoor Ilaya Rani Nandini and Princess Kundavai were some of the scenes that stood out in the whole production for their grandeur and execution.
The music was outstanding with the orchestra team being made up of children of Calibre and both the dance and the costume departments lent admirable support to this magnificent production.
Film Director Cheran, handed over the trophy instituted by Mrs. Valli Arunachalam, Principal, PSBB Nungambakkam in the name of her mother, for the best scene of the production which went to the introduction scene, depicting the “Chola Nadu “flanked by the oceans on the three sides and the Vindhyas to its N.western side with the river Cauvery flowing through it.The nursery children had put this together.
Mrs. Sharadha Nambi Arooran handed over the trophy for the best actor, instituted by Shri Y.Gee.Mahendra, in the name of his father Shri.Y.G.Parthasarthy, to Akash, the boy who played the role of Vandiyathevan.
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