Chi Udaka at MRC

Author: ICle

Date: Mon 27 Jan 2020


In these troubled times it was indeed a privilege to be able to perform Chi Udaka last Thursday and Friday in Melbourne and contribute something of substance and beauty to our community.

I would like to share a little insight: the last scene is based on a wonderful poem from the Tamil collection of poems called Kuṟuntokai. In the original version of Chi Udaka, the poem is not spoken, but after the devastation of the recent bushfires we felt it apt to actually speak the words. The poem was poignantly delivered by Lingalayam's Artistic Director Anandavalli - truly a national treasure - and sung most affectingly by Aruna Parthiban, accompanied by John Napier's cello and Riley Lee's shakuhachi...

What is my mother
to yours? How is my father related
to yours? Although
you and I knew not each other in any way,
just as red earth and pouring rain:
the love-filled hearts merged.

Many thanks to the fabulous Melbourne Recital Centre for presenting Chi Udaka last week as part of the AsiaTOPA Festival... it looked and sounded magnificient in the beautiful Elisabeth Murdoch Hall!

And to you, our wonderful audience, thank you for coming to see the show and support Taikoz's creative work.


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Chi Udaka at MRC

Author: ICle

Date: Mon 27 Jan 2020


In these troubled times it was indeed a privilege to be able to perform Chi Udaka last Thursday and Friday in Melbourne and contribute something of substance and beauty to our community.

I would like to share a little insight: the last scene is based on a wonderful poem from the Tamil collection of poems called Kuṟuntokai. In the original version of Chi Udaka, the poem is not spoken, but after the devastation of the recent bushfires we felt it apt to actually speak the words. The poem was poignantly delivered by Lingalayam's Artistic Director Anandavalli - truly a national treasure - and sung most affectingly by Aruna Parthiban, accompanied by John Napier's cello and Riley Lee's shakuhachi...

What is my mother
to yours? How is my father related
to yours? Although
you and I knew not each other in any way,
just as red earth and pouring rain:
the love-filled hearts merged.

Many thanks to the fabulous Melbourne Recital Centre for presenting Chi Udaka last week as part of the AsiaTOPA Festival... it looked and sounded magnificient in the beautiful Elisabeth Murdoch Hall!

And to you, our wonderful audience, thank you for coming to see the show and support Taikoz's creative work.


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