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LORD GANESHA (article first published : 2006-02-20)

At the end of March, Johannesburg-based M & L Productions will bring to Durban Lord Ganesha, a story based on one of the greatest Gods of Hindu mythology.

The venerated deity represented as an elephant-headed God, Lord Ganesha is known by millions of Hindus around the world as the Supreme Remover of Obstacles. This much-revered story is staged to shed some light on certain mysteries surrounding his conception, unusual features, morals and, most of all, his immense wisdom.

“Presented as an original dance drama, the story revolves around the Great Lord Shiva and his family with his eldest son, Lord Ganesha taking the lead role,” says M&L’s Devan Moonsamy. “It depicts mythological situations and shows how it relates to contemporary life and modern day scenarios. These wonderful uplifting stories, most of which are taken from ancient scriptures, come to life in the form of vibrant dances and radiant colours.”

Moonsamy boasts of the show’s splendid colour; rhythmic explosion of dance; sumptuous fabrics and a lovely heart-warming tale that tells of morals, courage, dignity and strength. It is performed to original, especially-commissioned music. Already it has been dubbed as possibly the greatest depiction of Hindu Mythology ever to be seen in South Africa.

Lord Ganesha is written by Devan Moonsamy; produced by Mannie Moonsamy of M.L productions and choreographed by Jayesperi Moopen. It features a multi-cultural cast of 11 singers, dancers and actors. The show enjoyed a successful season at Johannesburg’s Civic Theatre last year.

“By no means do you have to be a Hindu to appreciate this show,” stresses Devan Moonsamy. “It is a magnificent dance-drama extravaganza that has been designed to have broad appeal – especially to people with an appreciation of talent and dance and an interest in spiritual mythology and deity. It taps into an exciting trend of stories from and about India having increasingly universal appeal – seen in the recent successes of the fabulous Bombay Crush at the Sibaya Casino andThe Coolie Odyssey at the Playhouse over the festive season.”

Lord Ganesha runs in the Playhouse Drama from March 29 until April 9. Tickets R85 (concessions for scholars, students, block bookings and pensioners). Booking is through Computicket. Tickets are lower priced for the preview on March 28 as well as weekend matinees.




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