Beauty queen and first runner-up to the Miss India TT crown Dishaana Sewdass plays the lead role of Kiara in the theatre production of Niyantran: Secret Controller. Together with a cast of talented actors, Sewdass is now heading for the stage at Chinmaya Mission, Calcutta#1, Freeport on September 28, at 6.30 pm.
The show, which is being produced by National Lotus Theatre (NLT) and directed by Balraj Harry, is a local theatre production that contains songs, music and dance. It was played for audiences in Chaguanas, Rio Claro, San Fernando and Couva.
Speaking about the production, her eyes gleaming with excitement, Sewdass said: “It is a story of love and betrayal. It tells of an underworld character named Tiger whose wife died in childbirth. The baby survived and Tiger took the child to a lady from his past named Mira, a devoted individual.”
Continuing about Secret Controller, she said: “The child grew up to be a beautiful young lady played by yours truly. My character is Kiara a dancer who fell in love with a movie producer.”
Asked to quote one of the meaty lines in the play, Sewdass said: “Mummy, people in this village look at me as if l am an alien. In school, they stare at me mother. Why? Is it that my father has done something wrong? Is he a criminal?”
But Kiara’s mother cannot say that her father in this play is a criminal and has been involved in many wrongdoings.
NLT, she said, is doing this production to raise funds for the building of the Chinmaya Mission College.
Sewdass is no stranger to the stage as she was the first runner-up to the Miss India T&T Pageant, and the first runner-up to the Miss Sari queen in Guadeloupe. She was also finalist of the recent Miss La Riene Rive contest in the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition.
Passionate about her culture, a member of the Princes Town Theatre Workshop, Sewdass learnt Indian dance from Michael Salikram and also Seeta Persad.
Sewdass now has her own dance group at the Rio Claro Vedic School, and is filming a television series which will be aired after Divali (October 27).
Other cast members in Niyantran: Secret Controller are Sunil Ramdass, Christopher Raghunanan, Christina Ramgoolam, Trishana Sookhan, Reynold Sewdass, Frankyn Harry, Vishal Persad and Karina Maharaj.