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Sunday, November 19, 2006

2006 Glimpses Comedy Tamil Drama

2006 Cultural Glimpses of India

India Association of Tallahassee Annual Event
Saturday, November 18, 2006, 4-8 PM, Chiles High School Auditorium
Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Punishing the Fraud, Comedy Tamil Drama

The main annual event of India Association of Tallahassee (IATLH), the Cultural Glimpses of
India 2006 was celebrated on Saturday, November 18, 2006 in Chiles High School Auditorium
between 4:00 and 8:00 PM. The Glimpses show cases the talents of the participants and paint a
colorful portrait of India and her culture.
This year's show was no different. The special guest for this year was the newly elected Leon
County School Superintendent Mr. Jackie Pons. The president of IATLH, Mr. Srinivasa Kishore
introduced the special guest and several of event sponsors.
The main program started with a traditional prayer song in praise of the Goddess of Learning. It
was followed by couple of dances and songs by children and adults. Our program was the fifth
item. Eight kids ranging in ages six to thirteen performed a comedy Tamil drama originally
written by Mr. K. Nallasivam and adapted by Bhanu and me. We modified the drama to include
conversations and synopsis in English. The drama is set in a small town in Tamil Nadu. In that
town a fraud doctor and his assistant team-up to con the public, instead of helping the patients.
The duo is interested only in making money. But soon, they start to quarrel with each other. So
the fraduster hires a hit-man to beat up his assistant. Meanwhile, a police detective in disguise
and his deputies arrive in town looking for an escaped convict but end up staying at the fraud
doctor's clinic. When the hit-man (whom the detective is looking for) arrives at the clinic to beat
up the doctor's assistant he is confronted by the detective. He then implicates the doctor. On
hearing all the commotion the doctor and assistant arrive at the scene and get caught red-handed.
The drama ends with the moral, 'Fraud get punished'.
All the kids performed remarkably well in front of live audience of about thousand. They all
learned the script which was mostly in Tamil and all then spoke fluently and using their own
version rather than what we told them. They handled the microphones well and adjusted to the
huge stage even though we rehearsed only once (with out microphones).
We are very proud of their performance. Several people in the audience agreed as well. Special
thanks to Mr. Nick Baldwin for the photo.
-Thayumanasamy & Gnanabhanu Somasundaram, Tallahassee, FL, USA.

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