Kis­han’s mu­si­cal take on the Bard

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Shake­speare song:

Kis­han Thanawala took a bit of the st­ing of study­ing Shake­speare out by com­pos­ing an orig­i­nal song from Twelfth Night.

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