Director to perform live in aid of Balu

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 02 Jun 2004

PETALING JAYA: Local Tamil movie director and actor J. Raj Kammal has no liking for live performances but will do it for the first time to help T. Balu, who is suffering from multiple ailments. 

“My fans have always watched me on TV and they wonder when I am going to perform ‘live’.  

“I am a born dancer. But I have this stage fright of live audiences and am afraid I would end up not talking to them,” he said in an interview yesterday. 

Raj Kammal is organising a three-hour “Raj Kammal’s Yatra Malaysia Star Night Show” at Stadium Negara on July 24 to raise at least RM30,000 for Balu, whose plight was highlighted in The Star recently. 

Balu, the sole breadwinner in his family, had to give up his job as a construction worker since being diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes and acute renal failure. 

He and his wife Mary Atna, 38, had to rely on their savings and family members to support his medical needs. 

Balu is being treated with Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis, a procedure that takes over the role of his damaged kidneys. 

He needs about RM15,000 for a cardiac angiography before proceeding to India for a kidney transplant, which will cost about RM70,000. 

According to Mary, Balu will also need to stay in India for six months for post-surgery care. 

Raj Kammal is calling on all artistes, professional and amateur, to perform at the concert. Those expected to turn up include Suganti Perumal and Ragaa DJ Maran.  

Raj Kammal debuted as a dancer in the Indian film industry in Madras and went on to star as Silk Smitha in a Tamil film called Surangani.  

Ticket prices are RM10 and RM20. For details, contact Segeran at 012-4570 156.  

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