When : 22 August 2011, from 6:30 pm onwards
Where : Music Academy, Chennai
Shobana Chandrakumar is back with her grand musical, and this time she has delved into the epic Mahabharata and come up with Krishna – The Musical. Promising a canvas that extends from Vrindavan, through Mathura to Kurukshetra, she and her disciples intend to portray Krishna, the Man, His philosophy and why he is beyond man’s understanding.
The publicity hand-out cautions to rise above the prejudiced notions of a commonplace “smoke and mirrors” production. She reiterates this to be the coming together of discipline and artistry into “a parade of vital, pulsing talent, of 15 to 18 performers, some, as young as 10 years old !”
There is a host of celebrities from the movie world lending their ‘vocal’ support to the production, with Arjun voiced by Surya, Gandhari by Shabana Azmi, Radha by Konkona Sen and Draupadi by Nandita Das.
The Sound Design is by Resul Pookkutty.
From a musical standpoint, according to Shobana, the whole production will be based on pre-recorded music with scores from classical as well as Indian feature films. Now, THAT, would be a treat for your senses.
As per the publicity stills, the ticketing partner seems to be Book My Show for the musical, and with a bit of hunting was able to trace out the Reservations Page for the event.
Strangely, her website seems to be mum on this most important aspect of the program, buying tickets ! If you are in Chennai during Janmashtami,and an avid lover of the the classical sensibilities in a current context, you know where to head to.