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Usha Uthup takes centre stage at this children’s theatre production  

No one can forget the powerful voice of Usha Uthup. This week, she is in Bengaluru to perform at Once Upon a Bak Bak Tree by Karadi Tales. As Shobha Viswanath, the publishing director of Karadi Tales, eloquently puts it, “Usha is evergreen. Her youthful spirit and attitude makes her charisma timeless. She was the first person to come to mind to sing the Karadi Rhymes.”

Once Upon A Bak Bak Tree is the annual theatre production by Chennai’s publishing house Karadi Tales. This year, the production is called Monkey See, Monkey Do and is in association with Evam Theatre.

The two books that will be brought to life with this production are Monkeys on a Fast and The Monkeys and the Capseller. The script has been adapted from the books by Evam. The plots are very simple and amusing. Monkeys on a Fast talks about Chakrapani, the monkey chieftain, who decides that the only way for his tribe of monkeys to lose weight is by going on a fast. Whereas, The Monkeys and the Capseller has Taklu, a cap seller, who lost all his caps to a group of mischievous monkeys and tries to get them back. The storylines from two books are merged together as a hilarious escapade.

The performance has added new songs that are not in the books, which will be accompanied by dancing, juggling and singing.

When they decided to bring the rhymes to stage, they felt Usha was a natural choice. She is an instinctive stage performer and is much loved by people of all ages. “She was most willing and thus was born our first edition of Once Upon a Bak Bak Tree in 2014. We are back with the second edition, again with Evam and Usha. We hope to fill the halls and entertain the children,” adds Shobha.

Sunday. At Good Shepherd School Auditorium, 4pm. Tickets (`300 upwards) on bookmyshow.com
— Anagha M

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