Twist and shout

Pro­jekMyP.ram­lee: TanyaSa­maHati was a lively trib­ute done with broad smiles.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - ARTS - By RE­VATHI MU­RU­GAP­PAN star2@thes­tar.com.my gelek,

There has been no short­age of trib­utes when it comes to hon­our­ing Tan Sri P. ram­lee’s legacy. his ge­nius – whether in movies or mu­sic – has tran­scended the times.

In re­cent mem­ory, the pop­u­lar P. Ram­lee The Mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion has toured out­side the Klang Val­ley, while the in­die mu­sic trib­ute Di Mana Kan Ku Cari Ganti: Satu Indiepre­tasi brought his mu­sic to a new gen­er­a­tion of fans. Let’s not for­get the books, art ex­hi­bi­tions, coins and stamps cel­e­brat­ing P. ram­lee. The man’s trib­ute list is a long and var­ied one.

Pro­jek My P. Ram­lee: Tanya Sama Hati, which was staged last weekend at the Au­di­to­rium DBKL in Kuala Lumpur, was the most re­cent sta­ge­side salute.

It kept true to the leg­end’s in­fec­tious spirit. Pre­sented by Triple eight Pro­duc­tion, the project was ini­ti­ated to raise money for the Na­tional Autism So­ci­ety of Malaysia, and to ex­pose the younger gen­er­a­tion to the works of the golden age icon of Malay cin­ema and mu­sic.

As the first of a six-se­ries project, which is in­tended to be an an­nual af­fair, the el­e­ment of af­fec­tion was ap­plied through­out the mu­si­cal’s plot.

The mu­si­cal re­volves around Adam (played by child ac­tor Dan­ish Zak­wan) and Maya (Nur Shahi­rah Amira) who spend their hol­i­days with their grand­par­ents (Datuk Ah­mad Tarmimi Sire­gar and Shiela Mambo).

Atuk (grandpa) and nenek (grandma), be­ing great P. ram­lee fans, in­tro­duce the young­sters to some of the leg­end’s clas­sic movies. What they see on tele­vi­sion is re-en­acted on stage. The mu­si­cal be­gins with a crib scene while an ac­tor sings Anakku Sazali. If you re­call, from the film with the same ti­tle, the tune is about a fa­ther’s love for his un­born son.

It was a poignant start to the mu­si­cal.

Vet­eran ac­tor Ah­mad Tarmimi, though no P. ram­lee, pulled off some of the songs pretty well. The role of Atuk was brought to life with his mel­low voice.

he did a fan­tas­tic duet with Shiela in Malam Bu­lan di Pa­gar Bintang (from Pen­dekar Bu­jang Lapok). Their voices blended beau­ti­fully.

he also pushed up the en­ter­tain­ment value with the song and dance skit in Bunyi Gi­tar (from Tiga Ab­dul) ... com­plete with a roar­ing “twist” rou­tine.

Dur­ing his sto­ry­telling ses­sion, he tells the grand­kids that back then, af­ter a movie date, he would take his sig­nif­i­cant other to the zoo! At times, they’d sing and dance be­hind the trees when no one was watch­ing.

Most ap­par­ently, P. ram­lee was in­flu­enced greatly by leg­endary In­dian su­per­stars Shivaji Gane­san and Marud­hur Gopalan ra­machan­dran (MGr).

On stage, Dan­ish was cute in his role and thrilled the au­di­ence. Credit should also go to Is­mal­iza Ismail (from AF7) for her lovely vo­cals.

For hu­mour, Syed Atiq Wan Long’s im­per­son­ation of Achi, com­bined with his was hi­lar­i­ous. Other no­table num­bers were Aci-Aci Buka Pintu, Hai Obat, Pok Pok Pok Bu­jang Lapok, Doremi and Den­gar Ini Cerita. Chore­og­ra­pher Farah Su­laiman also in­jected some jo­get, clas­si­cal Malay dances, bal­let, tap, jazz, Latin Amer­i­can and Broad­way flavours into the items – all with a touch of moder­nity.

The dancers com­ple­mented the ac­tors well. In the end when the par­ents came to pick their chil­dren – Adam and Maya, the group launched into Tanya Sama Hati (from Anakku Sazali).

The show’s di­rec­tor and scriptwriter, Manja Liza Ab­dul rah­man did a de­cent job in weav­ing the plot loosely to­gether via songs from P. ram­lee’s movies.

It flowed seam­lessly un­til the fi­nal bits when it some­how be­came dis­con­nected. Con­fu­sion set in when young Adam and Maya be­came part of the “movies” and some in the crowd couldn’t fig­ure out the logic.

Still, for the love of P. ram­lee, it was a wor­thy trib­ute. We’ll see what the next in­stal­ment brings.

Let’s party: Maya (Nur Shahi­rah amira, left), adam (dan­ish Zak­wan, 2nd from left) and atuk (ah­mad Tarmimi Sire­gar, right, with gui­tar) twist­ing away in bun­y­iGi­tar.

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