KLANG (APRIL 10, 2011): Prabu Sritharan is only eight years old but he has performed in more than 300 shows all over the country impersonating Tamil screen idol MGR.
This waist-high lad, with dark glasses, sequinned vest, white shoes and pencilled moustache and goatee, sings and dances to songs from the blockbuster movies starred by the heartthrob from the 60s and 70s.
“My favourite song is ‘Kan Ponna Pokhule’,” said Prabu who was introduced to this form of entertainment by his uncle.
Since he was four, he has been singing for events organised by among others Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture and other ministries, and in all the major cities and towns in Malaysia.
He has also been invited by the Singapore Government to perform in the republic.
“This is just a hobby. I want to be a pilot when I grow up,” said the Year Two pupil of SJK (T) Puchong whose father, Sritharan Muniandy, is a 47-year-old businessman.
Prabu was performing at the launch of the free dental and medical clinics organised by the Selangor Indian Community Committee for Batu Belah and Sungai Pinang on Sunday [April 10] at the Dewan Dato’ Ahmad Razali here.
The event, which also included a blood donation drive by the Sime Darby Medical Healthcare Group, attracted about 300 people from the vicinity.
Committee chairman Dr Nedunchelian Vengu said seven dentists, three doctors and a host of medical staff volunteered their services at the one-day clinics held in conjunction with the World Health Day which fell on April 7.
“We are happy with the support from the public and also from the medical teams who gave up their Sunday for a good cause,” said Dr Nedunchelian, who is one of the candidates proposed by the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement to stand in the next general elections.
Dr Nedunchelian Vengu, a 42-year-old dentist, has been actively involved in social work since his primary school days giving free tuition to younger children and cleaning and painting temple hall.
This father of two children, aged 13 and five, had served as the President of The Malaysian Private Dental Practitioners Association for three terms, and other posts in numerous other dental organisations.
Dr Nedu, a private practitioner, had served as a member of a Ministry of Health committee to formulate guidelines for dental healthcare professionals on blood borne disease infection and was the dental practitioners association spokesperson in all meetings in Malaysia concerning private dental practitioners from 2005 to 2008.
He is the second of five children to his father who is a technician and housewife mother. He grew up in Jalan Kapar in Klang and now resides in Shah Alam.
His wife, Nyanambikai Velagri, who was previously a finance manager in a logistics firm, has devoted her life to taking care of the family to allow Dr Nedu to devote time to his private practice and social work.