Source: Rajasthan Patrika-Pariwar Magazine (31-Oct-2018)

India's first female ventriloquist, Indushree Raveendra

 

Indushree Raveendra is the only Indian woman to have carved a name in the Limca Book of Records for performing in the longest broadcasting live Zee Kannada TV show inclusive of 68 episodes. She has enamoured Farah Khan and Anu Malik when she performed using a a real dog named ‘Rocky’ as her dummy during one of the seasons of Entertainment Ke Liye Kucch Bhi Karega, Sony TV. She has even performed with a doll of 10 feet size, namely Mahishasura during one of the Dasara festivities in Mysore in order to claim fame by entering in the Guinness Book of World Records for using the world’s tallest doll in ventriloquism. Being adept at ventriloquism did not suffice in such a case wherein the puppet was of a massive size as one had to strain one’s vocal chords to create an illusion of the puppet conversing with the audience.

It is no doubt that she loves the limelight, but her ventriloquism is not just a field which she feels is merely for garnering attention by entertaining the public. It has helped her to be articulate, creative and extol the firmament of arts as a field in itself. Ventriloquism is not just about voice modulation, it is about how well one can project one’s voice to emulate a certain character to be enacted out by the puppet and make it seem like it is not emanating from the performer. Today she is a veteran ventriloquist and this is credited to her passion for the art. She ventured into ventriloquism not to hanker after money and fame rather as an artist she felt she needed to make the public aware of how ventriloquism could be usd for social causes. It could be used as a form of entertainment, which is a combination of humour, satire, mundane things of life, idiosyncrasies of politicians, people, and celebrities. One of the notable facts about her performance is that since she is a magician as well, she often intersperses magic between her ventriloquist acts whenever she deems it necessary.

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