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Was nervous to bring 'Citizen Josh' to India: US entertainer

india Updated: Aug 26, 2009 11:05 IST

American monologiust Josh Kornbluth, brings to India his critically acclaimed play "Citizen Josh", a comic act about a very passive person's journey towards becoming a political activist.

Kornbluth, who is on a six-city tour says he has been able to connect with Indian audiences' till now.

"I was quite nervous at the prospect of bringing my monologue to India, worrying whether it would seem relevant to the audiences here (India)," he said. The entertainer felt the audience here were very "warm" and "quite receptive".

"It has been a fantastic experience to find that I have been, so far, able to make a strong connection with Indian audience," Kornbluth told PTI in an interview.

To connect with the domestic audiences, the actor included some changes in his 80-minute production. "I have added a few specifically Indian references — for example, how Rani of Jhansi strikes me as an exemplary citizen-activist of her time," he said.

"I have also modified a few words here and there that have a different meaning in our two countries. But for the most part, the story I tell is a very personal one, and so far in India it seems to have connected with audiences in a very direct way," the actor, who has performed in many solo shows like "The Mathematics of Change" and "Love & Taxes", said.

After successful enactments of his play in Chennai, Kochi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Kolkata, Kornbluth is all set to show it in the National Capital on August 28.

The autobiographical monologist said he wishes to take "quite receptive" Indian audience back with him to the US. When asked why people should watch his play, he replied, "I hope that people who come and watch the play would be both entertained and inspired to participate democratically, whether in the US, India, or anywhere."

On the theatre culture here, the soloist said India has immensely talented people working in the field.

"I have had the pleasure of leading several workshops with both students and professionals from the Indian theatre. They have struck me as being immensely talented and open to all sorts of inputs and styles," said the 49-year-old performer.

On the Indo-US relations, he said, "I am no expert (to say the least!), but based on my incredibly gratifying experiences here, I hope the two countries only get closer!."

Dressed in casual jeans and shirt, Kornbluth basically performs solo monologues based on events from his life and his career. He relates them to societal and personal ethics and the individual's role in society. His works generally convey serious messages in a highly humorous and lighthearted way.