The musical, presented by Aiswarya Entertainments Ltd., an Auckland based Media Company on 31 March 2012 at ASB Theatre Aotea Centre, ensured over one hundred local artists from various ethnicities. The English dialogues for wider appreciation and music in Hindi & Urdu to retained its authentic melody and weaved the unique mystical fabric of the eternal love story of Mughal Emperor Shahjahan & Empress Mumtaz.
The show depicted the fact that with confidence, professionalism, commitment and dedication coupled with GREAT TEAM WORK even local talents could showcase breath-taking performance and amazing production.
The lead characters Mr Siddharth Krishnamoorthy, Ms Natasha Trilokekar, Kedar Divekar, Moushumi Das and Roji Varghese enacted their roles superbly well. The performance of Gareth Rivalland, Medical Registrar in Auckland as the foreign tourist was worth commenting in the lights of company’s vision to involve multi ethnic talents to the main stream.
The Vision of Aiswarya Entertainments Ltd to cultivate a multi-ethnic group of performers and audiences in the field of dance, music and drama in New Zealand to effect exchange of culture and heritage was fully succeeded with his first mammoth production, according to Sasi Nambissan, the director of Aiswarya Entertainments. Sasi and his wife Dr Rita Sasidharan who is a Medical Oncologist in Auckland has been working on this project for the past 2 years and more. They had a hard working team as coordinators mainly Anil Kunjunny, Siju Jaicob and Sreekumar Puli.
Participants from various dance and drama schools joined their hands together under the umbrella of Aiswarya Entertainments shredding off their ethnic colours from them. They include in addition to Indian girls and boys hailing from various states of India – like Kerala, Tamilnadu, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bombay and Rajasthan, Maori, European, and Pacific Island & Asian ethnic groups.
P Narsing Rao from the Nrityanjali Academy, Hyderabad, India was the main director of the show who did the audition in April 2011 and entrusted the whole choreography to the capable hands of Mrs Anuradha Ramkumar, Mrs Selvi Uthayakumaran, Shweta Divekar, Vatsala Balchandran and Rahul Chopra. The Dance Drama had incorporated songs and dances based on a number of Indian classical style including Bharata Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Kathakali and folk dances such as Rajasthani and Zufi. The digital props for the show were created by Mr Shameer Sha, from India with high definition images depicting the mood, colours & flavours of the scenes, short movie clips & 3D animations.
Last but not the least, to keep the authenticity, the 150 colourful and elegant odd costumes designed and hand-stitched from Calicut India created a feast to the eyes and minds of the complete audience in the ASB Theatre Aotea Centre, Auckland. Special Kudos to Ms Sandhya Ramesh, based in Kerala who is also a budding artist in Indian regional film, serial and classical Dance stages.
Nambissan believes that their greatest achievement was in securing the appreciation and support from Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi, even before the show was staged. That was the consolation and relief to the directors when they were running very low after receiving decline letters from all major Funding organisations of New Zealand. Aiswarya Entertainments believes they will be the pioneers in promoting the gigantic and courageous movement of bringing the young minds together to create productions for the New Zealanders by the New Zealanders from all cross sections of the society.
Due to persistent request from public, Aiswarya Entertainments is likely to stage the same show with some slight modifications again in Auckland shortly.