Ventriloquism, music and fun at Kannada Koota Silver

Ventriloquism, music and fun at Kannada Koota Silver

India’s first female Ventriloquist Indushree and Singer Deepak next Saturday

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 6 pm at Avondale College, Auckland

Venkat Raman

Auckland, April 20, 2019

Indushree Raveendra (Picture Courtesy; Deccan Herald)

India’s first and only professionally known female ventriloquist Indushree Raveendra will perform at the 25th Anniversary celebrations of New Zealand Kannada Koota (NZKK) at 6 pm on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Avondale College Auditorium located at 51 Victor Street in the Auckland suburb of Avondale.

Deepak Doddera, a popular playback singer and entertainer of the South Indian film industry will be another attraction at the event, tickets for which, priced from $20 to $60 are now on sale. For details, please contact NZKK General Secretary Roopa Nagvekar on 021-2014550.

About Indushree Raveendra

Renowned as the ‘Puppet Master’ and ‘Enchanting Magician,’ Indushree has earned a place for herself in an otherwise male-dominated profession and has been the undisputed ‘Queen of Ventriloquism.’ Her youthful disposition, coupled by bubbling stage personality makes her a star choice of organisers and NZKK has done well to invite the artiste to mark the Silver Jubilee of its establishment in Auckland.

According to Deccan Herald, the oldest English daily of Bengaluru (Bangalore), Indushree is the only Indian woman who is entered in the Limca Book of Records for performing in the longest broadcasting live ‘Zee Kannada TV show’ inclusive of 68 episodes.

“She has enamoured Farah Khan (Producer of Hindi films) and Anu Malik (Music Director) when she performed using a real dog named ‘Rocky’ as her dummy during one of the seasons of ‘Entertainment Ke Liye Kucch Bhi Karega’ on Sony TV. She has performed with ‘Mahishasura,’ a ten-feet high doll during Dasara festivities in Mysore to claim an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for using the world’s tallest doll in ventriloquism,” the publication said.

Self-Taught Artiste

While Magic and Ventriloquism were her passion, there was no one willing to induct her into the art. Her parents – mother Manjula (a singer) and father R N Raveendra (a theatre artiste and painter) were the source of encouragement.

Practicing before a mirror, Indushree began to ‘throw voices around,’ and soon mastered the art of Puppetry and Ventriloquism. Those who doubted her ability to imitate male voices soon began to applaud and become her fans.

The forthcoming show would be her first in New Zealand.

About Deepak Doddera

Deepak Doddera (Picture Supplied)

A promising newcomer, Deepak Doddera has earned the attention of composers and music directors in the Tamil, Kannada and Tulu (a spoken-only language from South Karnataka and Kasaragod District of Kerala) film industries. Winner of the ‘Voice of Bangalore’ Title, he has about 50 songs to his credit.

Deepak got his first break rendering ‘Ondhu Sanna Aase’ (‘A Small Desire’) in V Sridhar’s ‘Krishna Love Story.’ His prominent films include ‘Naduve Antaravirali,’ and ‘Rajaratha.’

The NZKK show on April 27 provides Deepak his first opportunity in New Zealand.

About New Zealand Kannada Koota

Established in 1994 by the late Professor Mavina Krishna Vamanamurthy and Sandringham based Community Leader Dr Lingappa Kalburgi, the New Zealand Kannada Koota strives to bring together Kannadigas to promote the Language, Culture and Cuisine of Karnataka.

The Association also aims to keep alive and promote customs and traditions of India and Karnataka amongst the younger generation of Koota families and promote, foster and maintain the heritage of Karnataka.

NZKK has its own Library premises at the Fickling Convention Centre, 546 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland, which is rented to select organisations and individuals. Details can be obtained from secretary@kannadakoota.co.nz 

Learning Kannada

NZKK conducts ‘Kannada Shaale’ providing an opportunity for people to learn the Language.

Run by volunteers, the ‘Shaale’ aims to bring Kannadigas and children born to them closer to the Language and Culture of Karnataka. The Classes are held on Sundays from 1130 am to 1230 pm at the Kannada Koota premises at Fickling Convention Centre.

Dr Lingappa Kalburgi provides Justice of the Peace services at the Koota premises.

Dr Kalburgi can be contacted on (09) 8153448 or 021-1142148.

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