Dheepa Ramanujam, the founder and artistic director of Krea, started her career in the media industry as a TV host. She has acted in many popular Television-serials, including Premi by the renowned director K.Balachander. Around that time, Dheepa was introduced to the Stage by Bombay Gnanam of Mahalakshmi Ladies group
Dheepa has directed and produced a few short films recently and they are being submitted to the film festivals around the world. One of the films, Sunset won it’s first award in Calaa’s Digital short film festival as the Best Narrative. Dheepa worked as Script Supervisor in Achamundu Achamundu, a Tamil feature completely shot in NJ. She also worked in Kadhai , a feature film to be released on Jan 29th.
In addition, Dheepa has produced a documentary for an educational institute – both in Tamil and English, which was well received by educationists and students from all over Tamil Nadu. She has also directed a documentary series on temples in Madurai for Vijay TV.
She has the distinction of being one of the five female TV host who appeagold briefly in Rajini’s Arunachalam.
After moving to US she took courses on Direction, Acting and make up for Theater and also on Film Production and Digital Filmmaking.
She founded Krea, with an intention of producing quality plays with a mix of Indian tradition and western techniques.
Dheepa has directed 9 full length plays and many small skits for adults as well as children. She has taken the productions to San Diego, New Jersey, Sacramento, Edmonton, Canada and also to India.
Anand Raghav, has made significant contributions in Short stories, Stage plays and research articles on History and Culture. A regular writer for “Ananda Vikatan”, where he has won the prestigious Muthirai Kathai award four time, the and all other leading Tamil Magazines like Kalki, Amudhasurabi, Kalaimagal, Vadakku Vaasal and Kumudam.
Anand raghav has published over 50 short stories so far. Ten out of his short stories have won prizes in various short story competitions in Chennai. One of his story has been selected as the best story for the month of July 2004 by the prestigious institution “Ilakkiya Sinthanai” and two of his stories have also been translated in Telugu.
He has published two books – The first , a collection of his short stories and the second, titled “ Ramakien” is a comparative study of Indian Ramayanas with the Thai and other South East Asian Ramayanas. He is currently working on the third book, a research work, on the Hindu and Indian influence on the History and Culture of South East Asian countries.
He has also written several short plays and three full length plays for Krea creations. Thanimai would be his second play staged by Krea in Chennai.