BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE
Spring sprinkled in some smiles and entertainment in the form a Comedy Show organized by Nrupatunga Kannada Koota (NKK) this April 18th in the auditorium of the Hindu Temple of Atlanta. Mimicry Dayanand, popular television and Kannada film actor from Karnataka performed the show despite the absence of his partner Pranesh, who could not join him on this trip.
The program started with a prayer song rendered by kids. Dayanand, famous for his mimicry and capable of imitating up to 73 voices tickled the crowd with his impersonations of famous Kannada film personalities such as Dr. Rajkumar, Vishnuvardhan, Ambarish to name a few. He also entertained the audience with some excerpts from his own experience focusing mainly on people’s behavior in general. It was interesting to note that Dayanand brought in a local artist, Balaji to join him in an act which had a good outcome despite the fact that they only had half a day to rehearse the entire piece. Dayanand can speak seven languages and he cleverly used the languages and accents to appeal to a Kannada spectator. He also performed in Hindi. Roopa Shidhar, a local from Columbus Georgia was invited to sing in between acts. A Puppet show was organized for the kids to make sure they had their share of fun.
NKK honored its guests with souvenirs and treated everyone to food catered from Udipi Restaurant. Friends, fun and food sure make a great combination to kick off spring or any season with a smile.