Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha presents
on 25th February 2012 at 7 PM
The webcast will begin at 6.45 PM with the inauguration of the webcast by Shri.Dr.Nalli Kuppusami Chetti, President of the sabha.
The webcast on February 25th at 6.45 PM can be viewed here. Please bookmark this post for easy access to the webcast.
We solicit your presence either in the sabha or in the web.
Courtesy : Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha Official Blog
Staging a Revival!
Tamil theatre is employing new methods to reach out to the younger audiences
By Srinivasa Ramanujam
Chennai Times, A Times of India Publication dated 20th February 2012
A new wave of ideas seems to have hit Tamil theatre. Shedding its ‘familydrama’ image, it’s galvanizing forward thanks to the spirited efforts of some to reach out to the youth and the masses. The latest in this line is the idea of webcasting a Tamil play!
When Prayatna’s latest play Thodarum is staged later this week, theatre lovers from across the world can watch it live at the same time. “We want to give audiences a live theatrical experience,” explains its director, K Vivekshankar, about this first-of-its-kind initiative, “For instance, if a person in Coimbatore would like to watch a Tamil play, his options are limited. This initiative strives to reach out to people who have few options. Of course, as the Internet is involved, it can be viewed across the world. We want to take theatre to the masses, literally.”
Narada Gana Sabha, TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai
Time : 7 PM
Prayatna, which is entering its second decade in Tamil Theatre, presents Thodarum. Written and Directed by K Vivekshankar, the play is in the horror genre, something that’s not been explored in Tamil theatre in the past few decades. The play revolves around the life of a film director and features leading Tamil stage artists.
Watch this space for more information and invitation…
Shri.K.S. Nagarajan, who is in his nineties is still active and his passion for drama has never diminished at any point of time. His theatre group, Kalanilayam will be inaugurating their new play, “Yaar Payyan” by K.S.N. Sundar under the auspices of Kartik Fine Arts, Chennai on this Friday.
The play is written and directed by his son, Shri. K.S.N. Sundar who has penned most of the plays produced and presented by Kalanilayam.
You can catch up with the show
on 27th January 2012 at 7.00 pm (IST) at Mylapore Fine Arts Club Auditorium, Musiri Subramaniam Salai, Mylapore, Chennai.
Show of Unity
The inaugural function of Tamil Stage Drama Producers’ Association was held on 28th November 2011 at Narada Gana Sabha (Mini) Hall, Alwarpet, Chennai
Veteren Director, Dr. K. Balachander, doyen of tamil stage and cinema formally inaugurated the Association in the presence of tamil stage veterens, patrons, and a gathering of almost all those who are engaged in tamil mainstream theatre.
Inaugurating the Association, Dr. K. Balachander recalled his memory to the earlier days of his youthful days when he used to spend the pocket money snatched from his father for witnessing dramas. He lauded the efforts of the association members for having brought all troupes staging tamil plays under an umbrella. He has emphatically declared that even today Theatre is the only form of entertainment that remains unpolluted. Having started his illustrious career as a playwright he appealed to all the dramatists of tamil theatre to infuse fresh blood by introuducing fresh story ideas to woo the present generation.
T.V. Varadharajen, Secretary of the Association while explaining the reason for starting the Association categorically stated that the objective of the association is to coexist with all concerned and strive to take tamil theatre to new heights. He has announced with a thunderous applause from the gathering that the Association would organise a Daily Theatre Festival for a month in Chennai and its suburbs.
Shri Nalli Kuppuswamy Chetti, Shri L.Sabaretnam, Vice Chairman of Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, Shri A. Natarajan, Former Director of Doordarshan, Shri Deva, Chairman and Selvi Sachu, Member Secretary of Tamilnadu Iyal Isai Nadaka Mandram, Shri R.Krishnaswamy, President of the Federation of City Sabhas, Senior Artists Shri V.S.Raghavan and Shri A.R.S., Shri Murali of Krishna Sweets, Shri Trishakthi Sundaraman, Chairman of Tirshakthi Group, Shri Radha Ravi, Secretary of South Indian Artists Association, Shri Makkal Kural Ramjee were among the diginitaries participated in the function and felicitated.
The programme was compered by C.V. Chandramohan which was webtelecast live.
ARUNA V. IYER
Family entertainer: Poi Muganal
Drama ‘Poi Mugangal,’ is all about how money plays a vital role in a relationship.
Armed with a dramatic beginning, firm dialogue delivery and some realistic acting ‘Poi Mugangal,’ the play staged at the sixth anniversary of the Tiruchi Drama Artists’ Association, tackles issues faced by a changing middle class family.
Written by Tiruchi George and directed by Mohammad Masthan, the story revolves round the protagonist, Viji, whose dreams, to lead a luxurious life, and attitudes are at loggerheads with the conventional sentiments of her husband, Chandru (V.P.C. Sekar) and her family.
Disappointed over her husband’s inability in making her dreams come true, Viji decides to walk out on him. So, she fights with him over a trivial issue and leaves him. She narrates her own version of what transpired between Chandru and herself, to her father and brother, and stays back at her father’s house.
The script meanders through some lengthy sequences where Chandru is repeatedly insulted by Viji, who enjoys her newfound freedom. Her father Ambalam (Srirangam N. Kannan) attributes her behaviour to a motherless upbringing. But her brother Babu (Mohammad Masthan), counters the unreasonable demands made by Viji and the tolerance lavished on her by Ambalam and Chandru. Her father-in-law, Ranganathan (G. Radha), also tries to change her attitude but in vain.
Making things worse, Viji’s cousin Natraj (R. Senthil), who had left the town long ago returns as a successful businessman. Viji, who longs for a luxurious life, gets caught in a vortex, after seeing Natraj leading a carefree life.
In their subsequent meetings, Viji gets overtly friendly with Natraj that is misunderstood by others as her shifting affections. To top it all, Natraj advises her to throw her marriage to the winds and come along with him. Chandru complicates things by agreeing to issue a divorce if that will make Viji happy. The predictable climax ends with Viji proclaiming her love for Chandru.
The Tamil Stage Drama Producers’ Association which was formed recently headquartered at Chennai, India will be formally inaugurated today at Chennai by stage doyen and legendary Director, Padmashree Dr. K. Balachander.
The function would be chaired by Padmashree Dr. Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti and felcitations by various theatre enthusiasts an eminent personalities from different field.
All theatre lovers are cordially invited.
Theatre lovers outside chennai and India can watch the webtelecst of this event live at:
Time : 6.30 pm
Venue: Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall, Alwarpet, Chennai
for details contact: Mr. T.V. Varadarajen – 91-9444069292