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Update – Theatre Workshop for Actors by Director Naga

Theatre Workshop for Actors organised by Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha and conducted by Director Naga and Ms. Shylaja Chetlur (Cinema Rendezvous) took place on 22nd March 2015 from 9.00 AM to 4.00 PM at Janapriya Convention Hall, 26 Sardar Patel Road, Adyar, Chennai.

The program was well received by the attendees who extended their wholehearted participation. Participants was an eclectic mix of experienced stage artiste and aspiring actors. Further requests to conduct many more workshops of similar nature and on more advanced topics were received by the Co-ordinator K. Vivekshankar (Prayatna Stage) at the end of the session.

The highlight of the event was that it laid more emphasis on practical aspects and approach to acting on stage as well as in other forms. Participants found workshop more useful, interesting as Mr. Naga  explored the nuances and various  dimensions of acting in a simplified Do it yourself manner.

Here are few pictures taken at the event : (Click on any Picture to see it in FULL)


Prayatna presents K.Vivekshankar’s Nadhimoolam

January 27, 2015 Leave a comment

Hi Friends,

Presenting my first of the three Tamil plays of 2015.  Make it convenient to be with us when we stage our play Nadhimoolam.

Cast : Girish, Balaji, Prema Sadasivam, Shivaji Chaturvedi, Narender Kumar, Harini Krishna

Original Score :  Giridharan

Art : Mohan babu

Lights : Chetta Ravi

Written, Directed and Produced by K.Vivekshankar

Under the Auspices of  Kartik Fine Arts, Mylapore Fine Arts Club, Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha


Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha honours Artistes

December 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha honours artistes

Sriperumbudur Ramanuja Embar Jeeyar Swami with Chitravina N. Ravikiran. Also seen (from left) are Sabha president Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, M. Balamuralikrishna and Sabha vice- president Mohan Parasaran. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

The Hindu Sriperumbudur Ramanuja Embar Jeeyar Swami with Chitravina N. Ravikiran. Also seen (from left) are Sabha president Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, M. Balamuralikrishna and Sabha vice- president Mohan Parasaran.

The 113th December music festival of Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha began at the Vidya Bharathi hall in the city on Sunday, with Parakala Ramanuja Embar Jeeyar Swami of Sriperumbudur conferring the title of Sangeetha Kalasarathy on Chitravina N. Ravikiran.

The award includes a citation, a shawl and a cash award of Rs. 1 lakh instituted by P. Vijayakumar Reddy and Preetha Reddy.

In his address, the Jeeyar Swami said that the 113 year-old Sabha had served as a link to three centuries. “It has had excellent patrons in the form of rasikas and those providing financial support through the centuries, which is why it continues to exist,” he said.

The Jeeyar also presented awards to four artists — the Palghat Mani Iyer Centenary Award to Trichy Sankaran, Dwaram Venkataswami Naidu Award to Nagai Muralidharan, Dr. M.L.V. Award to Ramakrishnamurthy and G. Ramanathan Award to R. Suryaprakash.

Felicitating the awardees, Cleveland V.V. Sundaram said that for Chitravina N. Ravikiran music was a sadhana. A perfectionist, a teacher par excellence and a composer, he had many facets.

Accepting the award, Mr. Ravikiran said that concerted steps must be taken to encourage children to appreciate Indian classical music. “In the West though people appreciate our music, they also have pride in their own music. We should encourage students to attend concerts thus bringing a younger breed of rasikas,” he said.

Solicitor General of India Mohan Parasaran said that the Sabha had tied up with the Shanmukhananda Sabha in New Delhi and in April a Tyagaraja Utsavam would be organised there. Industrialist and Sabha president Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti and Carnatic vocalist M. Balamuralikrishna spoke.

Inaugurations of December Music Festivals 2013

December 13, 2013 Leave a comment


The 87the Annual Conference and Concerts of The Music Academy will be inaugurated by Justice P. Sathasivam, Chief Justice of India, on December 15, 5 p.m., at the Academy premises, TTK Road.

Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha’s 113 December Music Festival (Isai Vizha) will be on from December 15 till January 5, 2014, at at Vidya Bharathi, 55 Bheemasena Garden Road, Mylapore. The festival will be inaugurated on December 15, 4 p.m. by Sri Paralaka Ramanuja Embar Jeer Swamigal of Sriperumbudur, who will confer the title ‘Sangeetha Kalasarathy’ on ‘Chitravina’ N. Ravikiran. This award caries a cash prize of Rs one Lakh (endowment created by P. Vijayakumar Reddy and Preetha Reddy) and a gold medal. Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna will light the kuthuvilakku while Dr. Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, Cleveland V.V. Sundaram and Mohan Parasaran will participate.

Sri Krishna Gana Sabha will open its 58th Art and Dance Festival this evening (Dec 13), 6 p.m., at its premises, T. Nagar. The fest will be inaugurated by Dr. R. Seetharaman, CEO, Doha Bank Group, Qatar, who will confer the Acharya Choodamani Award on Prof. A Janardhanan. Natyacharya V.P. Dhananjayan will confer the Nrithya Choodamani Award on Swapnasundari. A Bharatanatyam recital by Gauatri Sriram will follow.

Hamsadhwani’s 19th year NRI Music and Dance festival will be inaugurated on December 18, 6.15 p.m. at Youth Hostel, II Avenue, Indira Nagar, Adyar, by Jennifer A. McIntyre, Consul General, US Consulate and Mahesh Balasubramanian, Kotak Mahindra, followed by the music programme, ‘Thirai Isai Paatum Bharathumum – G. Ramanathan to A.R. Rahman hits’ and a dance tribute celebrating ‘celluloid-100 years,’ choreographed by Radhika Shurajit. The festival is on till December 31 and will feature artists from the U.S., Singapore, Dubai, Nigeria, Muscat, Australia and Canada. A jugalbandi concert (violin and santur) by Nandini Muthuswami and Nandkishor Muley will take place on December 22, 7 p.m. A special programme on December 25, 7 p.m., will feature the violin concert of Lalgudi Srimathi Brahmanandam with her daughter Anuradha Sridhar Special tribute to T. Balasaraswathi, by her grandson Anirudha Knight, will take place on December 29, 7 p.m.

Tribute to ‘Master Sridhar’

December 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Versatile talent



Master Sridhar.

Master Sridhar.
Master Sridhar donned grease paint for a variety of roles.

Master Sridhar, well-known in the Tamil theatre circle passed away yesterday. Beginning his career as a child artist, Sridhar acted in many films, including Kandan Karunai, Karnan, Swamy Ayyappan. He proved his mettle in social genre too cast as hero in K.S. Gopalakrishnan’s Kurathi Magan, starring Gemini Ganesan and K.R. Vijaya.

However, as an adult actor, it was his performance in mythological plays that earned him recognition. Especially, his role as Narada in the TV serial, Naragasuran, produced under the banner of National Theatres by this writer and R.S. Manohar jointly and telecast by Doordarshan, Chennai Kendra, in 1991 won him laurels. A highly devoted and disciplined artist, Sridhar would always get deeply involved in the character he donned. He acted as the young Aadi Sankara in the play of that title and appeared as the senior savant when he presented the play under his own banner, Sri Chakra Stage. The play was staged over 200 times. Another milestone was his title role in the play, Thirunavukkarasar, produced by K.R.S. Kumar’s Nataka Kavalar Kalai Koodam. The performance fetched him the R.S. Mahonar’s silver rolling trophy for best actor from Mylapore Academy for the year 2010. He had the privilege of staging his play, Maangani, at the World Tamil Conference in Thanjavur.

Sridhar lent his voice to a number of artists and wrote the lyrics and composed music for devotional CDs including ‘Sri Skandha Geetham’ sung by Nithyasree Mahadevan, Unni Krishnan, Rajkumar Bharati, etc. He presented religious discourse on Zee TV Tamil for “Olimayamaana Yedhirgalam” daily in 2012.

Adi Parasakthi’ (Raj TV) Gnyaanaanandham (Podhigai) and Indrajith (Jaya TV) were some of the serials in which he was featured.

S.V. Sahasranamam Centenary Celebration

December 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Stage, Service and Sahasranamam


The awardees at the SVS Centenary event. Photo: Kalaimaamini P.R. Durai

The birth centenary celebration for S.V. Sahasranamam was a fitting tribute.

Could an artist have been so socially conscious, so selfless to take a back seat and promote the other members of his troupe and so completely committed to the cause of theatre? “Leaf through the pages of his autobiography, ‘Thirumbi Paarkiraen,’ and you will understand the virtues of the man,” said poet and painter S. Vaitheeswaran, about his father-in-law S.V. Sahasranamam. Reiterating it, Sahasranamam’s son, S.V.S. Kumar, in his vote of thanks said, “Though Seva Stage was his own troupe, he took up only characters that suited his age. That was the reason for many film heroes such as Muthuraman emerging from there.” Veterans such as Sivaji Ganesan had acted in Seva Stage’s plays, which was also the training ground for heroines such as Devika.

Lofty ideals

The journey through the lofty ideals and purposeful life of Sahasranamam was a worthy revelation for the audience gathered at Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, on Friday last. The celebration marked the birth centenary of ‘Bharati Kalaignar,’ as he was known. His love and passion for Bharatiyar’s verses were exemplified in Seva Stage’s plays, ‘Panchali Sabatham’ and ‘Kuyil Paattu.’

“Those were the times when plays were staged on all 365 days of the year. I still remember watching ‘Vadivelu Vathiyaar,’ and Muthuraman as Duriyodhana in ‘Panchaali Sabatham.’ The performances of the actors of Seva Stage fascinated me,” recalled Nalli Kuppuswamy, the chief guest of the evening.

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Theater and Technology

November 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Taken from an Article in BBC an year back.

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Some people in the theatre industry don’t take kindly to the innovations that Mr Bird and his team at Knifedge are introducing to the stage. Innovations like a computer-generated avatar sword-fighting an actor live on stage in his most recent show Pippin, transporting the audience to the world of a computer game.

Or the sight of a Seurat painting gradually coming to life on stage in Sunday in the Park with George, the show which cemented Knifedge’s reputation with an Olivier award for Best Set Design in 2007.

Impressive feats like these by Mr Bird and others like him have meant that in the last five years the role of “video designer” has become increasingly common in theatrical programme credits – a term hardly known a decade ago.

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