Wednesday, April 20, 2005


Bhageerathi Narayan

What's a few words about a Handsome Lady worth – when they come several moments after she is no longer with us…
What's idle reminiscing, when the moments have already slipped us by, while the lady has had her's, and left us to bring down the lights and tip the attenders…
What's the Show going to be like now when the Diva herself has called it a Wrap!
Really, what's the show going to be like, Bhagyam?


The bare facts are these from what I gather- Bhageerathi was young, she studied, she got married and had a child, she was a lawyer, and she was silly enough to answer a casting call by Madras’s premier English Amateur Theatre group…..simple!
She was also good at her work, a great mother, intelligent, witty, intense, a fantastic actress and later on… all this culminated in making her the most gifted director in the city – Simpler still!

And In this process,
Many of us got to say hi to her and introduce ourselves, Less than many of us worked with her and saw her evolve into a beauty, Some of us worked under her and learnt Life a bit, Fewer of us got to be her close Friends, only One got to marry her and stayed married so, and another still luckier one got her for a mother -
But everybody, all of us, remained admirers and fans and the loyal fawning public of her majesty, the Queen of Dignity and all that’s almost right with the world….

And then two days back… she left!

Some said she did it in style, well scripted, with a clean and dramatic ending – lone spot and all… she directed it perfectly. The funny thing is, that knowing her, she would have confessed to not having gotten it quite right yet, and there could have been so much more that remained doing….

I guess she saw perfection the way Picasso saw it, in her next work of Art….
We always saw perfection in the way she did it….the day before, yesterday and yeah upto that point that she kept doing – we saw perfection in the way she was.

Thereby Overall, the consensus is thus – Bhagyam went too soon.
She went when we all were still trying to catch up with her. She went when she had taught us the steps and we were still finding our footing. She left before we could answer her in detail, the question she so grandly asked ‘Whats Happening Ma?? Ennamma Pannrae?’. All in all, she went to soon, and had it her way.

To sum it all up, if there is any such thing, I must keep going back to the short description that I have quite often espoused in my short span of awakened living – a simple term which was a desperate effort to describe the Lady to anybody who didn’t have the joy of getting to know her….
‘Bhagyam Rocks!’
– sorry for falling back on slang and simplicity – but that makes the most sense to me…
and If you knew her, even a slight bit, you would be smiling in recognition of how gorgeously those two words capture the essence of the Lady!
And if you didn’t know her…. Too bad for you- Really, too bad for you!

To my guide who I promise to thank at my Oscar Speech, to the philosopher who gave me a direction and showed me the way, to the friend who showed me her beautiful mind, to my teacher, to Life……La Chaim!

5 Comments:

Blogger aparna said...

Just surfed on into your blog, i think i recognise your theatre group from a performance you'd staged in coimbatore. That was good work, really. And heartfelt condolences.

April 29, 2005 11:56 pm  
Blogger shooshaa said...

dear A,
thanks for your thoughts.. she left mid way .. so we have to complete the play now .. trying to do justice to her vision..

we will perform the play "evam indrajit" in june in chennai and then travel to mumbai and bangalore in july..do see it.

btw..which show of ours did you see?

April 30, 2005 2:20 pm  
Blogger aparna said...

Art. Yvan, serge and marc, if i rem correctly. 'If I am who I am and you are who you are because..'Ah. Good luck with the show, you'll do justice to her.i'm sure she lives in spirit with you. isnt that a badal sircar play, btw.it'll be fun to see you guys sync it with todays's milieu.goodluck

April 30, 2005 11:47 pm  
Anonymous Debu said...

May she rest in peace....
.. and knowing you and KK, I know you guys will do justice and then some to her vision of Evam.. :)
..and now I, more than ever, want to watch the play when it opens! :)

Shine On!

May 05, 2005 5:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May she rest in peace!

And May her work keeps inspiring you and the people who've known her...

My hearty condolence and best wishes in carrying on the Forte!

-- dEvil

September 15, 2005 5:37 pm  

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