Thursday, February 18, 2010

Cantaloupes' performance and Valentine's day

We had our quarterly community meet last saturday and there was plenty of involvement from the Cantaloupe household. While BP participated in 20-questions game ... Cantaloupe danced to on stage and Junior was all over the place and hopping and jumping and dancing and generally having a blast. And moi .. well I gave my first live Keyboard rendition on stage and was part of a drama.

I had earlier written about the drama here. I tried hard to back out but BP advised me that a commitment had to be met ... if I was wise I'd have read the script before agreeing to be part of it ... now that I had agreed to be part of the drama I shouldn't back out. And so I stuck with it.

Attending the practice sessions was hard. Usually the dance practice happened on weekday around 7:30pm. BP wouldn't even be home for me to drop Junior and go for the practices .... so I had to finish dinner preps / cleaning before leaving ... take both kids along.... drive the distance ... help Cantaloupe with her steps and rush back home, feed dinner to kids and then take a bite. My drama practice sessions were over the weekends. So it was much better since BP took care of the kids.
I was watching "Everybody loves Raymond" series around the same time and our drama script turned out to be an adaption of one of the episodes .... but there was a huge difference. While the serial itself had established the characters in its previous episodes, our drama had NO characterization and hence my earlier post.

Anyways, as Aamir put it in 3 Idiots "All izzz well" ... and drama turned out quite ok I thought. But I am still not clear about what in the script was so fascinating that the audience was really in splits ... :))

The best show of the evening was definitely the kids dance show ... and Cantaloupe danced with such grace ... proud mama was glowing all evening. And oh ... Junior put up a show too ... she had mastered all the steps herself .. if only someone allowed her to perform on stage. Nonetheless that didn't deter her enthusiasm and screamed akka akka and danced herself right below the stage almost giving a mini performance.

But personally for me the satisfying moment was the keyboard rendition sis and me played.(Read here. One step closer to my wishlist bucket) It was a tribute of sorts to Dr.Vishnuvardhan (Kannada actor who recently passed away). We had picked songs from his famous movies and remixed it and played only snippets. I later learnt that the audio system was not very good ... and audience couldn't hear very clearly ... but to me it was first of sorts and I was satisfied with the way it turned out.

And oh ... the sambar I prepared for the event was a hit as well ...

Next day being Valentine's day dawned bright and early .... of course its a routine in our household ... the only day we get a chance to sleep longer is sunday and that is THE day the kids have picked to wake up earlier than usual. We all wished one another ... Cantaloupe gave her dad the card we had prepared together. BP bought them new clothes ... and went off for his weekend badminton leaving me and kids and sister. Cantaloupe and her chikki (my sister) baked awesome cup cakes to surprise the men (BP and my BIL) and they surprised us by bringing 8 varieties of sweets and samosas. We savored the sweets and played Kannada Ankatakshari of sorts (clause being songs which had words love and/or its equivalent words)

Overall an eventful weekend it was ...


Lakshmi said...

That was quite eventful. Kudos on your keyboard recital, would love to hear it ;) It must have been quite a feat, practising for yourself and at the same time taking care of Cantaloupe's dance and then the junior of course. What kind of dance did Cantaloupe do?

AverageJane said...

You guys rocked the community event looks like! 8 varieties of sweets? Just the thought is yum!

Swaram said...

Wow CA ...that was a fabulous update. Loved reading it :)
Congratulations on getting to do one item on the wish-list. Hv a recorded audio by any chance? Wud love to hear it .. so nice of u to dedicate it to our Saahasa Simha .. what a major loss :(

And that ws a Lovely V-day too :)
Kannada Antakshari ..I feel like playing it now :)

So nice to read abt Junior's dance. Luv to both the girls :)

ChoxBox said...

Sounds like heaps of fun :)

And Vishnuvardhan seems really big here - my usually quiet driver gave me gyaan for a full 10 min when I asked about him.

The Print Lover said...

Very eventful! Congrats on checking off one item off the list.

Jr. putting on her own show and shouting akka, akka was the best part :)

Cantaloupes.Amma (CA) said...

@Lakshmi: Yes .. the keyboard thing was very satisfying... though to find time for practice was always a challenge. Cantaloupe danced for a bollywood number

@AJ: yep yep ... 8 sweets out of which 4 were Bengali sweets ... yummilicious !

@Swaru: You are so liberal with your good words .... love your comments.

Antakshari ... well ... lets play everyday ... on our side bar ... kannada antakshari ... may be with a twist ... each will decide a word and list as many songs we can think for the week ....
what say ? each week ... new word. Help from better halves allowed ;)

Cantaloupes.Amma (CA) said...

@Chox: Vishnu is a very very renowned actor ... almost godly figure for some... I am sure you have heard enough about him.

@TPL: Oh... Junior didn't know to wolf whistle ... if not she'd have done over thousand times I tell you :)
You know what was even more cute ... akka acknowledging her sister with her best smile on stage.

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Swati said... pics of cantaloupe's performance ?

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starry eyed said...

Wooohooo! *applauds*
Reminds me of our community gettogethers in atlanta! Great that you're getting ready to tick off one of your bucketlist items! Great going for Cantaloupe n Junior too!

noon said...

What a happy post! I really would love to listen to your keyboard - you learned it on your own?
And how sweet - man - you are so lucky to have your sister so close to you and having fun playing antakshari n all! Too much!!!

Poppy said...

Am commenting late but nevertheless :
1. Hope the audience was laughing with you in the drama and not at you'll :-)

2. Keyboard? When did you learn I say? Amazing you two are!


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