Spreading the love message

Photo by T.K. LIM 

THE language of love is universal and aTamil dance drama to spread the messagewill be staged at the Istana Budayaon June 22 and 23. 

The Sivagamiyin Sabatham is based on a literature written by Kalki and renowned dance director Indira Manikam from the Tanjai Kamala Indira dance school produce it.  

Love story:Shamini (right)and Vikneswariwill play Sivagamiand PrinceNarasimhavarmanrespectively.

With lyrics and music directed by “Sevisai Sittar” Re Shanmugam, the show is a love story involving two kingdoms - Kanchi and Vathapi.  

Sivagami is a beautiful dancer from Kanchi who is deeply in love with Prince Narasimhavarman from the same kingdom.  

However Kanchi’s King Mahendravarman does not approve of their relationship.  

During their romance, the two rival kingdoms went into a war and the lovers are separated.  

The story focuses on the many facets of love mainly in finding true love and being trapped in unfulfilled love.  

Indira said the show was first presented to the public 16 years ago in various venues in India.  

It is now back by popular demand in Malaysia and will present a few young faces , including Indira's daughters Shamini Manikam and Kamini Manikam playing Sivagami. 

Vikneswari Chandran is to play Prince Narasimhavarman while Prof Dr Aruna Gopinath will play King Mahendravarman.  

About 50 students from the dance school are also having parts in the show.  

“Language will not be a problem in this drama for the multiracial public as there will be translations. Besides, the body language of love and emotions by the dancers speaks louder than words and relate to speakers of any language,” Indira told a press conference.  

She said the costumes and sets were imported from India.  

“This is also the first time we are doing a show at Istana Budaya and it is a honour to do so,” she said. 

Five per cent from the sale of tickets will go to the Malaysian Aids Foundation to be used as its paediatric aid fund that will help the children’s daily expenses.  

Tickets are priced at RM30, RM50 and RM100 and can be obtained online at www.ticket2u.biz or call 03-6257 4069.  

The box office can be reached at 03-4026 5558. 

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