Vadi is at it again! His latest play, Shanmugam: The Keling Kia Trilogy Part 1, has stirred up a hornet’s nest among a part of the Tamil community in Singapore. A few have decided to take offence at the term ‘keling kia’ – a Hokkien term used to refer (derogatorily) to South Indian Tamils. Narayana Narayana has a nice piece that provides a bit of background to the names used to refer to different sections of Indians in Singapore. The New Paper also has a report on the controversy.
Watched Evam’s Barefoot in the Park last night. It was a quite a wonderful show, and the talent of the actors was undeniable.
I watched a play after nearly three years. I had almost forgotten the feeling of watching theatre in Chennai – it is a unique and powerfully moving experience. The audience and the players connect palpably, more so in a performance like Barefoot in the Park, where part of the performance extended off the stage into the aisle, and also outside the auditorium. The Sivagami Pethachi auditorium was cosy and compact, and the Chennai theatre audience was as empathetic as ever.