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The Curtain Raiser
|by P. Ravindran Nayar|
One of the lingering images of my college life during the 1960s is that of the brisk walk that some of us in the University College undertook to the Sreekumar Theatre at Thampanoor (autorickshaws were unknown then) almost every Friday afternoon to see a Matinee show.
Sreekumar was the only cinema house in Thiruvananthapuram city those days that regularly showed English films. And most of its ‘House-Full’ of enthusiastic patrons were students from different city colleges who bunked classes succumbing to what can be described as their Friday Afternoon Fever.
Some of them, like my classmate Mohan Oommen Chandy, who died tragically in the U S some years later, had even a fetish about the seats. Mohan would never sit in a seat other than the first seat in the second row of the Second Class enclosure. To ensure this he was prepared to come to the theatre much early to get his ticket.
Each theatre had its signature tune for this, all excellent instrumental pieces. But the instrumental that some of us liked as the best was in Sreekumar, the magnificent Espana Cani, also known as Spanish Gypsy Dance.
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