Now not many know about this, I usually talk about my magic mentors or inspirations here, but this story is a little different...
I firmly believe that it is the space between the tricks that makes the magic. Any magic performance be it close up or grand stage illusions is always inhanced if the performer has knowledge in theatre.
When I was in the ninth standard, my school, St. James' presented, 'Oliver' a musical rendition of Charles Dickens Oliver Twist. Me, being the bathroom singer that I am, was called to the stage ! However, since I am not even a decent singer, I could not land myself a lead role but instead played different characters including being part of Fagin's gang of pickpockets, a homeless person and a horse, yes a horse !
The roles I played then may not have been remembered by anyone, except @thought.mechanics ofcourse, as he played the same characters that I did, but little did I know then that training in theatre that I was receiving will be such an integral part of the performer I am today.
The lady responsible for teaching me the basics of theatre is none other than the one and only Mrs Katy Lai Roy. She along with her husband Sumit Roy and daughter Dana Roy directed 'Oliver'. Almost everyday of the three months that we put into the musical is clearly etched in my mind. From voice training to diction, movement, pause and 'your spit reaching the first row' , all her 'lessons ' have helped shape my performances till this date. If you have ever complimented me on how theatrical my shows are, the credit goes to her !
I was overjoyed to learn that Kolkata has honored her with her mural on one of the electricity boxes on the iconic theatre road , a stones throw from my residence.
I may have taken too long to say this... Katy Ma'am, THANK YOU !
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