Yesterday, with reference to the ongoing turmoil in Egypt I wrote in this column about a fictitious country Krakozhia, from the movie ‘The Terminal’. Soon afterwards I remembered another fictitious place, a village - ANATEVKA, a Jewish village of 1905, in Russia. Nobody would remember Krakozhia for long but Anatevka is different, it is the village from the world famous musical “Fiddler on the Roof” of 1971, an evergreen movie. The entire movie of three hours duration is shot in Anatevka and the video clipping at the top of this article is a moving song by the villagers as they are preparing to leave the village. For three hours! while watching the movie; we live in Anatevka! among the people of the village, sharing their joys and sorrows, learning about their traditions, listening to the lovely songs and watching the interesting story unfolding before us. “Fiddler on the Roof” was nominated for 8 Oscars and it has won 3, it was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and it has won 9 and it has also won several other Awards all over the world. Since 1964 ‘Fiddler on the roof’ was staged at Broadway. It was the first run of a musical in history to surpass the 3000 performance mark. Fiddler on the roof held the record for the longest running Broadway musical for almost ten years. Even today ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is staged in theaters all over the world. At the bottom of this article you can see a poster showing that the ‘Fiddler on the roof’ will be staged at the King’s Theater, Edinburg, from 15th Feb. to 19th Feb. 2011, and that the ticket sales have commenced from 23rd August 2010.
If you have not yet seen “Fiddler on the Roof”, please do watch it at the earliest. You will love it. Until then you may watch all the lovely songs of “Fiddler on the Roof” on Youtube.