Kishan’s musical take on the Bard
The thought of studying Shakespeare strikes fear into the heart of many college students, but at least Kishan Thanawala was able to turn a passage from the Bard into something he loved.
The Aotea College year 13 student placed third equal with his musical composition at the national Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, held in Wellington over Queen’s Birthday Weekend.
Kishan is part of the Aotea drama group and barbershop, and writes his own songs for fun.
He had just four days to compose a new song from a Shakespeare play and chose When that I was and a little tiny boy from the epilogue of Twelfth Night.
‘‘It’s about an adult who is looking back on his adolescence. He’s a free soul,’’ he said.
‘‘It vibed with my own ideas and I made it into my own song. It’s like learning a new language, but it was fun.’’
His acoustic guitar version was based closely on the poem and used many of the same lyrics.
Kishan’s success has spurred him to submit two more compositions into a contest running at the University of Auckland.
He has performed at Festival of the Elements and North City Shopping Centre Talent Search. He hopes to study English and theatre at university and wants to become a teacher.
Search ‘‘ Kishan Thanawala’’ on YouTube and you can see him performing When that I was and a little tiny boy.
Kishan Thanawala took a bit of the sting of studying Shakespeare out by composing an original song from Twelfth Night.