A musical tribute to Kipling’s Kim

It's a Nobel Prize-winning story of a young vagabond who sets off on a grand adventure with a Tibetan Lama. Rudyard Kipling's Kim has fired the imagination of readers since the 19th century, as did the Chandigarh-based Gursharan Singh's musical staged, on Saturday, at the Indradhanush Auditorium in Panchkula.

The musical was the latest in a long line of tributes to the classic. The musical involved more than 500 students of Dikshant International School and according to Singh, a sitarist and former director (music and theatre department) of Doon School, Kim was a challenging production to stage due to the extensive theme of the novel, musical content of the play and because it involved training many young actors. " Kim is such an extensive book, and getting it on stage needd a new perspective.

The theme and the plot had to be integrated in a manner that the students could connect with and perform with passion," says Singh, who created a musical score using the sitar and conceptualising various dance sequences. Working with young theatre artists, added Singh, was enriching as they had many creative inputs for the production.

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