I OZ Show a big success inspite of some hiccups

Kris Raman - I OZ










By Kris Raman
This is my brief review of the I Oz show held at Panthers on Sunday the June 12, 2016. It is always a pleasure to write about a successful show planned, organised and conducted by a group of dear friends, who are also diehard music fanatics. Billed as an extravaganza presentation at Panthers, Penrith, it lived up to the claim, and the show was a full house affair. Generally three or four shows are conducted here per year and are the source of merriment and entertainment for us Sydneysiders. The format of the shows is: a number of talented artists are clustered around one or two very popular proven stars with music, dance, and mimicry as the items presented lasting for three to four hours with no breaks in between. In this show there were Vijay Yesudas, Rimi Tomy and Ramya Nambishan and around them were showmen like Tini Tom and other up and coming entertainers to perform and finally to share laurels.
The venue looked colourful with ladies draped in colourful sarees and there was an air of expectancy all around the place. Contrary to the request of the organisers for a 6.30 start, the curtain rose sluggishly, much late, but there was no grumbles from the packed house, instead the keen audience chatted among themselves endlessly to vile away time. Vijay got the ball rolling followed by a dance of Ramya Nambissan, who is also a songstress. Local dancers joined Ramya in the dance repertoire and the coordination was impressive. Songs, dances mimicry and skits were well mixed to give variety to the long drawn show lasting four hours. Our pride of Sydney dear Merina Sumesh joined with Vijay to render the highly rated ”˜Akale akale neelakasham’ and they did well, I understand with no rehearsals to backup.
Being a show review, I give my candid views about the show with no hearsays clouding at all. I was looking forward to listen to some hit Malayalam songs made popular by Yesudas senior, and hoped to hear it sung by his gifted son, who incidentally has an exact replica of voice texture of the Ganagandharvan father. It did not work that way, Vijay and Afzal instead chose to render a number of hit Tamil songs to the enjoying pleasure of the Tamil knowing audience. Malayalam songs were thus pushed back into the bride’s maid status! Vijay Yesudas had always been in the shadow of his illustrious father, but now to my happiness he is coming out on his own and has improved remarkably well. He is comfortable on stage and his rapport with the audience is remarkable. Rimy Tomy is my all-time favourite entertainer ( with songs like: Chinga masam vannu chernal, Kanni penne, Endadukke vannadukkum , Vasco da Gama, Chilu chillum etc) She has over 100 songs in her kitty. She dances beautifully and a master in communication done in spontaneity and never believes in following a pre prepared written script. Wherever she goes she is a hit and favourite of the crowd with a large fan base. Though she has limitation to a degree, Ramya performed well especially in the dance.
A continuous show of four hours duration is not a good proposition as far as the viewers and concerned. The Panthers venue was packed with an assortment of people who were attending various activities and there was a bit of pandemonium. Moreover the venue was not conducive to the disabled, old and frail people. The organising part of the show involving Radhakrishnan, Sumesh and Rajesh did it with perfection to say the least. On the part of the patrons, the behaviour was impeccable and there were no screaming untoward incidence happening around there. The show was a success if you view it from various angles. The trio of organisers, you deserve kudos for a job well done

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