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An artiste in the making



Dikshit as Krishna.

At an age when many children count numbers on their fingers, he delivers difficult dialogues from "Gayopakyanam" with considerable ease. His expressions are remarkable and his voice is `good' to say the least, considering his age.

His monoaction as Lord Krishna won him all-round appreciation and a memento at the "Padya Natakotsavam" organised by Sri Sai Kalaniketan at Prema Samajam last month. He has also won a prize for his portrayal of a `Koyavaadu' (soothsayer) in the fancy dress competitions held in his school.

Meet Sagi Sangameswara Dikshit, 5, studying in Std. I in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan School in Akkayyapalem, who is the cynosure of all eyes both at school and home. He used to recite dialogues from `Gayopakyanam', even as a two-year-old.

His father, S. Muralikrishna, and mother, Vijaya Kumari, are both tax consultants. The father

used to practise mimicry and was a keen enthusiast of epic dramas and Harikathas right from his youth.

Seeing the interest of his little son in repeating the dialogues after him, he entrusted Dikshit to the general secretary of Sai Kala Niketan, B.V.A. Naidu, who groomed the child into what he is today. He has no stage fear and his gesticulations are superb.

"He grasps everything very quickly and telling him the dialogue once is enough to make him understand repeat them. This is not to say that he is weak in his studies. He has got 83 per cent in the quarterly examination," says his mother.

Muralikrishna has plans to make his son act in puranic dramas as child artiste. "I hope my son will have a bright future given his abilities and also the dedication of his teacher, who has won the Nandi award thrice," he says.

B.M.G.

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