Tiruchy Drama Festival
Fiesta of plays
SYED MUTHAHAR SAQAF
The maiden drama festival, organised by the Tiruchi District Drama Artistes Association, received an encouraging response from the public.
Staged on the opening day: Scenes from Kaarai Kalaikovil Drama Troupe’s Kaadhal Mudichu, directed by S. S. Haja Mohideen.
The Tiruchi District Drama Artistes Association successfully celebrated its maiden drama festival in Tiruchi by staging 10 Tamil plays at the FGN Hall of the Rasika Ranjana Sabha from November 15 to 20.
Two plays were held each day, at 6.30 and 8.30 p.m. respectively for five consecutive days.
There was a reasonably good response to the event with drama troupes from Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Namakkal, Cuddalore districts and also from Puducherry and Karaikal staging social and historic plays, much to the delight of theatre lovers.
Cinema artist Alex inaugurated the festival and M. S. Mohamed Masthan, general secretary of the Tiruchi District Drama Artistes Association, presided over the function. While nine plays were based on social themes, ‘Puratchi Venthan Poolithevan’ was the lone historic one.
The curtains went up with ‘Uyirodu Uravaadu,’ presented by Tiruchi Rose Creations and directed by T. Sambanda Pandian. It was followed by Kaarai Kalaikovil Drama Troupe’s ‘Kaadhal Mudichu,’ which was directed by S. S. Haja Mohideen.
Two a day
The Tiruchi BHEL Annai Kalaikuzhu staged ‘Oru Aanavam Azhinthathu,’ directed by M. Arumainathan and the Thanjai Mariannai Kalaikuzhu presented ‘Devan Kattalai’ directed by S. M. Lourduraj on the second day.
On the third day, it was Thanjai Viswakarma Creations’ ‘Mouna Yudham’ directed by B. Rajendran followed by NamakkalDistrict Muthamizh Kalaignargal Sangam’s ‘Mathippu Kodunga,’ directed by Rama Tirupathi.
The fourth day saw the performance of ‘Vaanam Thottu Vidum Dooramthan,’ presented by Tiruchi Annai Stage Creations and directed by Tiruchi R.R. Then came ‘Amma, Appa’ by Kovai Kadiravan Nadaka Kalaikuzhu, which was directed by K. Mahendran.
On the final day, it was the turn of the historical ‘Puratchi Venthan Poolithevan,’ which was staged by Puduvai Kanmani Creations. M. S. Raja, a ‘Kalaimamani’ awardee, was in charge of the story, dialogue and direction.
The play traced the life and achievements of Poolithevan, the Poligar of Nerkattuncheval (in Tirunelveli district). He fought against the East India Company.
‘Oru Thuli Kanneer’ brought the festival to a close. It was presented by Neyveli Irandam Surangam Senthamizh Nadaga Kalaikuzhu. N. R. Sathuraja was in charge of story, dialogue and direction.
Muthuvelazhagan, a drama teacher attached to the Kaarmugil Kalai Mandram, Tiruchi, was the chief guest for the performance.
Film director Murali Abbas, R. Gunasekaran, deputy director of the State Department of Art and Culture, N. Sekar, secretary of the Rasika Ranjana Sabha, ‘Kappal Kavignar’ K. Krishnamoorthy offered felicitations at the valediction.
They commended the Tiruchi District Drama Artistes Association for conducting its first drama festival in a fitting manner.
Alex handed over the prizes to the best actors. Seera Kathan,president, Tiruchi District Drama Artistes Association, presented a report. According to Mr. Masthan, secretary of the Association, entry was free and the audiences’ response was very encouraging.