Thursday, November 20, 2008

Vichitramanjari - namma Kannada naataka

Today's fortune: The guy who reads your fortune disappeared and our boss is furious. We hope you have a lucky day.

I do feel lucky. And in the mood for some publicity-seeking. So here it is.

Remember Well, here's a quick refresher course. was formed in end-April 2008 when three itinerant youth(s), Harish, Sharath and I, decided to film ourselves doing strange things and put these videos up on Youtube. We quickly registered that domain and bought ourselves some hosting space. Over the next few months, we shot small comedy sketches, as it were, and put them up on our channel on Youtube and on our site. These achieved reasonable appreciation, acclaim and viewership, though it was suspected, at one point, that Harish had secretly contributed to half this viewership by sitting up all night and clicking continuously on each video's link.

And so, our ambitions grew. And we decided to stage a play. And it is to advertise that play that I wrote all that bullshit preamble till now. We're staging our play, entitled 'Vichitramanjari,' on the 30th of November at the Nani Arena on Miller's Road, Bangalore. Here's the funky poster, made by the talented Guru Anandh.

Yes, it has a girl in it. Too bad we didn't put up a picture of hers instead of our ugly faces. We couldn't get one in time for printing the poster. Anyway, that's not the point. The point is, this significant event is occurring the Sunday after this one and, on behalf of the team at and the other guys (and girl) in the play, I invite all of you to it. It's a one hour show, a showcase of some of the finest unknown comedy talent in Kannada.

OK fine, we might not be the finest, but we're pretty good. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Unless you're determined not to.

Of course, to minimise our losses, there are tickets for entry. But here are telling facts:- even if we sell all the tickets, we'll still be making a loss. To break even, we'd have to price them at a 100 bucks and no one would pay that much for a one hour play by amateurs. So tickets are selling for an economical 49 INR only. Call the second number you see in the poster(me) for tickets. We deliver. And no, we haven't put the girl's number up there, so don't bother trying the other two. Frankly, I don't have it myself. No, the point is, we aren't ripping you off.

Unnecessary rambling apart, please make yourselves free either at 3:30 in the afternoon or 7 in the evening on November 30th and come and watch our play. You can meet me. This isn't an incentive, so you can meet my funnier, more intelligent and, objectively speaking, more attractive friends. And you can catch a pretty good show. We'd all be very happy if you could grace the occasion with your ticket-holding presence.

The address:- Nani Arena, 5th Floor, Sona Towers, 71, Miller's Road, Bangalore(tagline:- Find your own PIN code).

Route map will be put up soon, if you need it.

< /narcissistic publicity >


Joe said...

A kannada comedy sketch?? and i'm not in town to witness history in the making (even if you'd gotten booed off stage i wouldn't begrudge you your success, my friend)

What shit luck!

Ok, patronizing platitudes aside, all the best!

Arjun Sharma said...

[joe] Thank you, my friend. I don't know if it's history in the making, but sketch comedy is relatively unexplored territory in Kannada. Let's see how our experiment goes.

Patronising platitudes. Sounds like a book.

a million different people said...

Um. Why haven't you said please?

a million different people said...

Dime it. You have said please. Hm. But it's inconspicuous.

Why is your please inconspicuous?

And this Nani place, does it have food? Do I get free food?

Arjun Sharma said...

[a million different people] I have.

[a million different people] Yeah, I have said please.

My please is inconspicuous because...I don't have an answer for this.

We are making arrangements for free, I believe. Food or beverage, we're not sure.

snippetsnscribbles said...

hmmm - had heard about this a while ago - from Nishanth :)

snippetsnscribbles said...

not all of the details but just a mention :) (So you dont hold Nish to task!) heehee!

Perakath said...

560 046!

AMDP, you owe him beer, and you're asking him for food. Why don't you just call it a date already?

Good show, Kannada-speaking Sharma.

karthikd said...

Alla, Mr Ramachandra avara hesaru marthidira. More importantly, nan hesaru. I condemn this act. Ella mosa.

All the best, ivre. Illu helde. Ella kade helde. Thogo.

a million different people said...

Perakath, (un)fortunately I'm not from the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints. =)

Free food is good. Okay.

ಸುಶ್ರುತ ದೊಡ್ಡೇರಿ said...

Ticketsna counteralli thagobahuda? Otherwise I'll have to request Pa.Pre.Arun to take a ticket for me..

being purple... said...

I'm buying a ticket. Book it in the name of one Su. How do you take payment?

Malaveeka said...

Too bad I won't be able to make it. I thought I could wear my 'I'm your biggest fan *swoon*' T shirt.

I'll come next time and make Harish sign my SLAM book. He he. Slam book.

All the best, monkey. Be funny.

I love Lucy said...

All the best!
I wish I was in town to watch the play though :(

Joe said...

A rather dull book, if i may.

Much like bible class on a saturday night.

Beauty and the BEast said...

Ok I actually went through some of the videos and though I do not understand a word of Kannada I err.. watched them :D

Unfortunately not in Bangalore, else would have loved to spectate the play... but hey! Me is going to need some tickets for friends in Bangalore.. so watch out for my call...

All the best!! and you had better put up some mind boggling performance cause I am going to get some really lively feedback!!

Loads and loads of luck once again!

Vivek M Anandaramu said...

Came across some sakkath mindry videos on youtube, hilarious stuff. Will definitely be there!

P.S - Will call for tickets if i really am coming.

Parisarapremi said...

ವಿದ್ಯಾತುರಾಣಾಂ ನ ಸುಖಂ ನ ನಿದ್ರಾ...

Arjun Sharma said...

[snippetsnscribbles] I 'held him to task' about not turning up, actually. He was supposed to do some production stuff for us. But alas, he betrayed!

[snippetsnscribbles] Wish you were in town, though. You could have attended too.

[Perakath] Heh, you researched the PIN code? You should assist the ATS, man. They need some good investigators.

Yeah, AMDP, why don't you call it a date already?

Thanks, < insert language here >-speaking Perakath.

[karthikd] Mr. Ramachandra hesru poster-alle dappakke haakidivalla. Nin hesru helilla kanayya, sorry. Togo, ille heltini.

One particular line of the play was sponsored by this guy, Mr. Karthik Dwarakanath.

[a million different people] So? Mormons aren't the only ones who have fun. On the sly, as it were.

So you're coming to the play?

[Sushruth Dodderi] Hegadru sari. Arun naale naadiddralli sikkidre avrge handover maadtini. Nimma aayke-na avara moolaka tilsi, whether you'd like to buy it at the venue or get it through him.

[being purple] But you're not even going to be here, right? OK, I'll book the tickets.

I accept cash. Ridiculous amounts of it will be fine.

[malaveeka] Aww, you're my biggest fan? Thenks. Heh, you'd get the t-shirt done? Really?

I didn't get the slam book joke. I stupid.

Thanks, monkey. I'll try my best to make everyone laugh. Unfortunately, there are these other people in the play too. So it's not entirely in my hands. In God I trust.

[I love Lucy] Thank you. Yeah, it would have been nice if you had been able to attend.

[Joe] Whatchu talkin' about, Joseph? You know, sometimes, I don't quite get your cliquey references, young man.

[Beauty and the BEast] You watched them even though you didn't understand? Wow, we must have mesmerising faces, then. Thanks a lot for doing that!

We talked today, yes, and you said you'd call back. I am now awaiting your reply about the people who are going to attend. And don't worry, there's nothing 'scandalous' in the play. In fact, I'm worried about that. Maybe I should just put in one or two swear words and the odd reference to sodomy in somewhere.

No, seriously, since your mom's friends and my parents and several other representatives of the previous generation are going to be there, let me reassure you that they won't go back whispering in hushed tones about how morally corrupt today's youth are.

Even though we are.

[Vivek M Anandaramu] First of all, if the M in your name stands for 'Marakathavalli' or 'Mayhem,' it makes it totally cool-scary.

Secondly, thanks for watching and the appreciation. Sure, give us a call if you want tickets. Numbers are on the poster. We're shameless about the publicity.

[Parisarapremi] Vidya dhanam sarvadhana pradhaanam.

being purple... said...

Ooh! "Ridiculous amounts" of cash. :D you'll take Paise 49 each for the two tickets? You funny!

Sure I will! In spirit, if not in body! Besides, aren't I entitled to my own private viewing with explanations by the cast?

a million different people said...

Do I get to see some backstage action? I promise I will not damage props. Pin drop silence types, I will maintain and also pay for ticket. 1 rupee extra also.

I'm most probably coming. Like 90%. yaake, barabArade?

Sandeep said...

Dear friends,

Congratulations on successfully realizing your goals. I would wear the above mentioned T Shirt too, except for the *swoon* bit.

All the best kanrayya. It is unfortunate for me that I'm missing it.

Sandeep said...

Dear friends,

Congratulations on successfully realizing your goals. I would wear the above mentioned T Shirt too, except for the *swoon* bit.

All the best kanrayya.

Sandeep said...

My comment came up twice, with a phrase missing.

It is a sign.

Malaveeka said...

Sandeep: He he. We're same T shirt wearing couple.

I judge us. I'm sure Arjun viciously judges us too.

Arjun: Come on!Slam book/autograph book?You no remember? In my kewl skool, people used to get other people to write in their slam books and sign and all. I never did this. Because I was an angry child.

Plus, I only want slam book entry from Harish.

Su: Private viewing? Sounds dirty. ;)

Arjun said...

[being purpe] No, we would refuse offerings of 49 paise for each ticket. We demand our pound of flesh.

Private viewing-aa? Eh, go ya, we all together shy.

[a million different people] Backstage action? Certainly. Turn up half an hour before the show. Plenty of action will be going on. You can make your own 'Making of' documentary.

You could also stay back till after the 7 PM show. Then also we are doing the plenty of action.

Barbardu anta heldna? Khandita barbeku. Alla, neenyaako phone maadlilla ticket bagge kelakke, adakke kelde.

[Sandeep] Thanks, kanayya. Eno, nam kailadashtu maadtidivi.

Olle goals-u.

[malaveeka] No, I don't judge. I know you're incredibly lame.

Oh, that kind of slam book reference-aa? OK OK. I'm sure shri NKumar would be happy to oblige. And impregnate.

Yoda said...

About time kannada brahmin boys did something useful with themselves.:) I'll try to be there.

Malaveeka said...

Backstage action also sounds dirty.


Malaveeka said...

Too rich coming from you. You burnt a CD with *love* songs.

In 2007.

Enough said.

Arjun Sharma said...

[Yoda] Heh, yeah, we try being useful. Sometimes.

Will be great if you can make it. You can call any of us for tickets.

[malaveeka] Shh, validation whore. You have shamed yourself enough already.

They weren't love songs. They were Ennio Morricone's greatest movie theme songs. They never get old.

a million different people said...

Basically since I am *very* decent and all, I don't know when to call. :( This is why my Neighbour Aunty said "ishTu decent aag yaarU irbaardu" and went on to wear a brilliantly transparent chiffon saree and went to buy that 1 Re. vaDe in that vaDe-bOnDa shop in front of the bar at the street corner. Rob Thomas even sang a song about it - Street Corner Symphony anta. So basically idella yaak hELde andre, hELbEku anstu adikke.

nange naaLe (two-two) examsu. naaLe aadmEle call maaDtini. swalpa adakke munchEne tickets mugdhOgohaagidre, nange swalpa ondu seat alli kerchief iTTbiDi. naanu swalpa late aagi bandu "swishy hand movements" maaDi, kannaDadalle fight maaDi, seat mEle koortini. adakke anta eega seatge kannaDadalli Enu anta huDukakke hOgta iddini. Bye.

being purple... said...


McKenna's Gold; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and the rest...


*Wistfully* I should drink more often... I *love* that music.

Arjun Sharma said...

[a million different people] Heeg heldre hege? OK, seat ella kerchief haakakkagalla, democratic country and all that. But ticket ondu ittidini. Madhyanakke. Nin exams aadmele ond sala "Elavo, dhoorta! Bartidini, saaybeda." ("Ahoy, evildoer! I shall be there, do not despair so.") anta call maadbidu. Decent alva neenu, adakke.

All the best, for the two-two exams.

Yeah, you wanted to brandish your knowledge of 'Street corner symphony' in front of the philistines here. He he, naanu ond Rob Thomas music pedda, ashtagi kele illa.

[being purple] Indeed. He is a genius.

Thanatos said...

Best of luck, mate

Vijaya said...

Hey Good luck ... show superragirli ... mundina sala khandita barteeni ... tickets kelo hottige sold out antha gothaaytu :-(

Arjun said...

[Thanatos] Thanks, mate.

[Vijaya] Sorry, ivre. Nimgu onderadu ettidbekittu. Namminda tappaghoytu.

Yeah, next time khandita barbeku neevu.

Anonymous said...

heg aaytu show???

Arundathi said...

SAKKAT naaTaka kaNri, nakki nakki sustaaitu. The chemistry between you and Harish was superb.You were looking much cuter as the high society aunty and Harish kooDa onthara pedd pedd-ge cute aagidda. Dostana part deux ge audition maaDbiDi, Karan Johar enadroo munde announce maaDidre.
ellroo channaag maaDidri, amateurs anta anslE illa :)
dEvaru chaannagiTTirli, munde ide reeti oLLoLLe naaTaka maaDtiri.

Parisarapremi said...

ಒಳ್ಳೇ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯಗಳು ಬಂದಿವೆ.. ಗುಡ್ ಗುಡ್.. ಸಂತುಷ್ಟ ನಾನು, ನಾವು!

Vivek M Anandaramu said...

Can't believe i missed it! What a tragedy! Will make it the next time for sure.

Nikhil said...

Cool blog man... didn’t know you are doing plays now, would have come if I knew.
PS: Who is the unsung hero... the dude/dudette who managed to get the play in order; all the while tolerating your undoubtedly well-intentioned PJ’s every millisecond or so..?

Arjun Sharma said...

[Anonymous] Channage aaytu. Yaaridu?

[Arundhati] Bahala thanks, ri, bandiddakke. Bandu nodiddakke, nodi hogaliddakke. Heh, chemistry between me and Harish-aa? Irli, ee avenue-na aamele explore maadonante.

[Parisarapremi] Neevu bandiddre channagiddirodu. Irli, next time tappskolohaagilla.

Arjun Sharma said...

[Vivek M Anandaramu] Yeah, you really should have been there, to witness history(of sorts) in the making. :) parvagilla, next one will happen soon enough. Aaga miss maadkobedi.

[Nikhil] How are you? Where are you? Unsung hero-na? Many were the heroes/heroines, my friend. Everyone bore the brunt of my tiresome 'jokes' as they tried to build this well-oiled machine that was to be the play.

Not every millisecond, this time. One every two minutes or so.

Anonymous said...

@arjun nan hesaru anonymous anta

Anonymous said...

So when is the next show going to be held. I heard sometime in Dec. But yet to hear the dates. Hope I did not miss it this time too.

Arjun Sharma said...

[Anonymous 1] Thu. Ketta PJ. Nan PJ-galiginta kettdagide. :)

[Anonymous 2] Hello. Next show's on Feb 15th. No, you didn't miss it. Hope you can make it to this one. I hope you don't take this the wrong way but, who are you?

Anonymous said...

I am the anonymous2 I guess. Its been long time since i visited this page.
I am someone who gets a good kick from comedy or language. Words fascinate me in any language be in English or Kannada or Arabic.
My grip on languages is lousy but when I do come across something nice I enjoy reading n sharing it.
Blackadder is one of my favorite!! I know there is not much of language to enjoy there, but its the good comedy that I like.

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