Fragrance of tradition

Fragrance of tradition

The Royal Orchid got together the cast of Waiting for Godot for their very first experience of cake mixing. Down in the City to stage the play, Naseeruddin Shah and his closely knit group of actors and stage personnel were very intrigued by the cake-mixing ceremony specially being held for their benefit.

 The piles of chopped fruits and nuts were neatly piled up on a table as were the bottles of alcohol that were lined up alongside waiting to be poured into the colourful mixture. The tantalising scent of cinnamon and spices wafted through the air, a fragrance that is so evocative of the Christmas season just around the corner.

After a long day of rehearsals and commutes, the cast was looking forward to some rest and relaxation and this proved to be the perfect formula to unwind and share some good humoured activity. Under the benevolent guidance of the chef, Naseeruddin Shah and his fellow thespians uncorked and poured the assorted bottles of rums, whiskeys, beers and wines into the waiting piles of fruit mix with much ceremony then diving elbow deep into the mixture to stir it all up after carefully donning plastic gloves.

“This is the first time I’ve witnessed something like this. I didn’t realise that so much effort and time went into the Christmas cake and pudding mix,” said Naseeruddin, surreptitiously tasting the mixture at various stages during the whole process. “I have only seen this done in homes and never on this large a scale,” added Benjamin Gilani, the director of the play. Egging each other on good naturedly, Gilani cautioned the enthusiastic group from adding too much spirit to the mixture till the chef clarified that indeed was the whole purpose of the exercise.

With his snowy curls and beard, Naseeruddin did indeed look like a cheerful Santa Claus in casuals energetically mixing, stirring, pouring and appreciatively tasting till the mixture was well emulsified and packed away in vats to marinate till Christmas. “We love coming back to Bangalore to stage our plays. The audience is very appreciative and aware of good theatre. We have been staging this classic, a favourite of mine for a long time and I feel the performance grows and evolves each time,” added Shah.
The youngest cast member, Akash however, missed the fun activity as he had retired to his room but Randeep Hooda, Yahnick Shetty Menon and the others thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
DHNS

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