“ Prayatna” was started as a tribute to the legendary theatre thespian, Shri. V. Gopalakrishnan, on his memorial day 29th April 2001. Shri. V. Gopalakrishnan not only excelled as a theatre cum cinema artiste but till his last moment lived and breathed theatre. To ensure that his dedication to theatre did not stop, Prayatna was formed to make sincere attempts in order to contribute whatever little it can to theatre and have so far inaugurated all our plays on that day.
Our first play, “URAVUGAL DOT COM” by K. Vivekshankar was inaugurated on 29th April 2001 during Summer Drama Festival conducted by Kartik Fine Arts, Chennai and this play bagged Best Play, Best Playwright, Best Direction, Best Actor and Best Music awards. Also, K. Vivekshankar was awarded Best Director by Mylapore Academy, Chennai for the same year.
Our second attempt, “SWAYAMBU” by K. Vivekshankar was inaugurated on 29th April in the year 2003 during Summer Drama Festival conducted by Kartik Fine Arts, Chennai and this play bagged Best Play, Best Direction, Best Actor Best Character Actor and Best Sets awards. Mylapore Academy has awarded this play as the Best Play for 2003. The movie rights of this play for Malayalam language has been given to noted actor cum writer Shri. Srinivasan.
Our third attempt, “3 POINT 42” by Absar was also inaugurated on 29th April 2004 during Summer Drama Festival conducted by Kartik Fine Arts, Chennai and this play also bagged Best Actor, Best Character Actor awards here as well as from Mylapore Academy.
Our greatest challenge was yet to come as we decided to make an attempt to do a play on the teachings of Swami Vivekananda who according to us is the greatest role model for the younger generation ever. Our dream came true in the form of “NARENDRA” by K. Vivekshankar, was inaugurated on 29th April 2006 which envelopes and revolves around the great saint who is a source of inspiration to mankind. The blessings of Swamiji was showered in the form of Best Play, Best Playwright, Best Direction, Best Actor, Best Sets, Best Lighting awrds in the Summer Drama Festival at Chennai.
Our next attempt, “UYIR MEI EZHUTHU” by K. Vivekshankar was inaugurated on the 29th April 2007 at Chennai during Summer Drama Festival conducted by Kartik Fine Arts, Chennai and bagged Best production, Best Character Actor, Best Supporting Actor awards. Mylapore Academy has recognized and awarded it as a Best Contribution to Stage.
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