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A Village that Breathes Acting


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Theatre design: A neglected element

Tamil Stage Drama Producers Association

September 8, 2011 Leave a comment

For a level play field

S. Shivpprasadh

FORUM About the association drama producers have formed.

The news of the formation of Tamil Stage Drama Producers Association prompted this writer, an avid follower of the Tamil drama scene, to delve into the background. T.V. Varadharajen, actor who runs United Visuals and played a significant role in the venture, was only too willing to share his views. He had just returned to Chennai after staging two of his plays in Karur.

Before listening to Varadharajen, a brief look into the past would be in order. The doyen of the Tamil theatre, the late R.S. Manohar, never approved of the term ‘amateur.’ There are professionals and non-professionals, he would say. They all shared the same commitment and passion, he argued. Tamil theatre has indeed seen artists, for whom applause is the best reward. Tamil theatre, during the 1960s, Seventies and early Eighties, was dominated by great artists and writers such as the TKS Brothers, R.S. Manohar, S.V. Sahasranamam, K. Balachander, Sivaji Ganesan, Major Sundararajan, V.S. Raghavan, Nagesh, Poornam Viswanathan, Marina, Y.G. Parthasarathy, Cho, Visu and Mouli. The legacy is continued even now by Kathadi Ramamurthy, Y.G. Mahendra, S.Ve. Shekher, Crazy Mohan, T.V.Varadharajen.

The Sabha system worked out very well for troupes in those days, giving them a readymade elite audience. Any good play would see 100 shows comfortably in four or five months. Major auditoriums booked well in advance where Sir Rajah Annamalai Mandram, Music Academy, Sri Parthasarathy Swamy sabha, R.R. Sabha, Mylapore Fine Arts Club, Vani Mahal, Kalaivanar Arangam (booking of this auditorium ran the risk of last minute cancellation in the event of a Government function). There were several small halls too.

The number of troupes has gone down these days. Television and a change in lifestyle seem to be the main reason. Though there are 40 troupes, there are only eight sabha halls available.

Avenues outside Chennai in Tamil Nadu in those days were Tiruchi, Madurai, Sivakasi, Tirunelveli, Erode, Salem, Coimbatore, Vellore, Pollachi, Tirupur and Udamalpet. Inauguration of a new play would find these troupes leaving Madras on a Saturday and returning after a tour of all the centres mentioned above. Bangalore, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Cochin, Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi were places outside Tamil Nadu. Now Trivandrum and Cochin are not on the map at all.

“Artists have found the situation depressing – less shows, little income,” says Varadharajen. Whatever is earned is ploughed back into the play for sets, light and mike, music and payment to lady artists. That leaves little or nothing for the male artists.
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Mylapore Fine Arts Club – 9th Year Drama Festival

Mylapore Fine Arts Club, Chennai will be conducting their 9th Year Drama Festival (2011) from 13.8.2011 to 17.8.2011 at Mylapore Fine Arts Club Auditorium, Musiri Subramaniam Road (next to St, Isabel hospital).


On the inaugural day of the festival, Mr. Y.Gee. Mahendra will be conferred “Nataka Kala Nipuna” Award for his contribution to tamil theatre.  Cine Director/Actor/Producer, Cheran will confer the award on Mr. Y.Gee Mahendra and Veteran Actor Shri. V.S. Raghavan will felicitate.  The inauruation of the festival and conferment of Award will be at 6.00 pm on Saturday 13th August 2011.


Drama schedule:


13.8.2011 – 6.45 pm

UAA presents, Y.Gee Mahendra in “NADAGAM” by Chithralaya Sriram


14.8.2011 – 6.45 pm

Mahalakshmi Ladies Drama Group’s, “SAASWATHAM” by Bombay Gnanam


15.8.2011   – 6.45 pm

Railpriya’s, “NAYYANDI VILAS” by Ananthu


16.8.2011 – 6.45 pm

Gurukulam presents, “NAARKALIKKU IDAMILLAI” by MB Murthy


17.8.2011  –  6.45 pm

Sowmya presents, “KARUPPU AADUGAL” by TV Radhakrishnan


For details: 044-24997755



Mylapore Academy Stage Play Awards 2010

Mylapore Academy has announced the Award Winners for the Stage plays inaugurated during 2010.  The Award presentation will be held on 20th August 2011 at 6.15 pm at Narada Gana Sabha Hall, Alwarpet, Chennai:


9/21, Sringeri Math Road, R A Puram, Chennai 600 028 Phones: 24939352/24642263/24345474


1 Dr T S Doraiswamy Silver Rolling Trophy for Best Stage Play: Priyamudan Appa (Mother Creations)

2 Kalki Fine Arts Silver Rolling Trophy for Best Story Writer: V Sreevathson (Ardhanari)

3 Haji Chank Adbul Khader Silver Rolling Trophy for Best Director: Venkat (Edhir parathathu)

4 E S Mydeen silver Rolling Trophy for Best Actor: T D Sundarrajan (Priyamudhan Appa & Edhir paratathu)

V P S Sriraman (Yadhumagi Nindrai)

5 Dr Lakshmi Chaturvedi Silver Rolling Trophy for Best Actress: Nithya Sethuraman (Ardhanari)

Usha Ravichandran (Neradi Oliparappu)

6 Award for Supporting Actor: Telephone Venkatraman (Neradi Oliparappu)

7 Award for Supporting Actress: Parimalam (Om Siva Sakthi)

8 S Ve Shekar Silver Rolling Trophy for Best Comedy Play: Neenga Yaar Pakkam (Stage Creations)

9 S Viswanathan Silver Rolling Trophy for Best Comic Actor: Swayam Prakash (Neradi Oliparappu)

10 Parasamul Lodha Silver Rolling Trophy for Child Artiste: SANTHOSH BALAJI (Om Siva Sakthi)

11 Award for Best Character Actor: M B Moorthy (Yadhumagi Nindrai)

Syed Dasdagir (Neradi Oliparappu)

12 Award for Best Character Actress: R Jayanthi (Yadhumagi Nindrai)

13 S Viswanathan Silver Rolling Trophy for Best A C Auditorium: Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai

14 Award for Best Non Air Conditioned Auditorium: Infosys Hall, Chennai

15 Award for Best Sabha for promotion of fine arts(Own Auditorium): The Mylapore Fine Arts Club, Chennai

16 Narada Gana Sabha Silver Rolling Trophy for Best Sabha (hired Hall): Kalarasana, Chennai

17 Award for Best Sabha in Mofussil Centre: Kala Sagar, Hyderabad

18 Y G P Silver Rolling Trophy for Play with thematic content: Om Siva Sakthi (Thamizharasan Theatres)

20 Nataka Rasika Silver Rolling Trophy for Play (Contribution to Stage): Pavithraa (Goodwill Stage)

21 Roll Of Honour for Contribution to Tamil Stage: V S Srinivasan (Kala Nilayam)

K V Veeraraghavan (Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha)

Nadaga Pannai Arunagiri

Technician: Kumar (Vaani Mahal)

Volunteers : Varadarajan (Karthik Fine Arts)

Gopalakrishnan (MFAC)

22 S Ve Shekher Silver Rolling Trophy for All Rounder: S L Naanu (Neenga Yaar Pakkam)

23 P V Narasimha Rao Silver Rolling Trophy for Contribution to Stage: Nagarajan (VNS Theatres)

24 Rajiv Gandhi Silver Rolling Trophy for Contribution to Fine Arts: Kovai Padhu (Good Will Stage)

25 Honour for Veteran Secretary/ Officer Bearer of City Sabha: N Ethirajan (Mylapore Arts Academy)

26. Sri Parthasarathi Swamy Sabha silver rolling Trophy for          Koothapiran

Life Time Achievement Award

27. Award for Music Director for Tamil Stage Play Guha Prasath

28. R S Manohar Silver Rolling Trophy for Mythological Play Thirunavukkarasar (Kalai Koodam)

29. R S Manohar Silver Rolling Trophy for Best Actor in Mytholgical Play:Master Sridhar (Thirunavukkarasar)


Justice N V Balasubramaniam, Chairman,

R Krishnaswami, P S Padmanabhan, M Krishnamurthi, S Ravichandran, S V S Mani and Suriyanarayanan K J

Drama Reviews – “ARDHA NARI”

June 18, 2010 2 comments

Drama Review sent by a theatre lover for the play “Ardha Nari” by Srivathson presented by Dummies Drama, Chennai during Summer Drama Festival at Chennai:

ARDHA NARI  –  Drama Review by M.V. Vijayakumar

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus is the metaphor, John Gray used as title in his book 20 years back to explore man-woman relationship.

Dummies, “Ardha Nari” presents a different perspective.

Man-woman relationship, particularly Husband and Wife relationship is more complex and a subject matter of extensive and intensive research.  Both sociological and psychological factors have influence on this deep yet delicate relationship.  In-laws are no more the only villains of peace.  The arrival of educated emancipated globetrotting  middle class women has altered the rules of the game disturbing the traditional equilibrium.  Husband is no more the Boss, not even the first among equals.  Parity in everything is the new norm.  Impulsive matrimony and instant divorce is a style statement.

Through their new play, “Ardha Nari” Dummies presents the synthesis of masculine power and feminine energy.  Srivatsan is right when he says, “Ardha Nari is not just a metaphor”.

Srivatsan is adept in dovetailing the main concept with fine screenplay, punch dialogues, imaginative characterization.  He has good vocabulary and a corresponding sensitivity to nuance.  This play also conforms to their benchmark.

The concept is contemporary.  Screenplay well structured.  Dialogues well timed, contextual and expository.  Srivatsan’s dialogues about ardha nari concept and its relevance for today’s warring couples is expository and highlights his conviction.

Appa Sridhar with his random one-liners impresses.  Star of this play is the effervescent anusha epitomizing the globe trotting educated middle class girl of new India – Awesome.  Certainly Nithya is the best new find of the season.  Krishna is talented and rightly in dummies camp.  Prema as Lawyer/counsel does a nice job.

Dummies never disappoint, yet something is missing – yes where is Giri?

Prize Distribution function – Summer Drama Festival

Best Director Award for C.V. Chandramohan

The prize distribution function of this year’s Summer Drama Festival of Kartik Fine Arts, Chennai was held on 1st June 2010 at Narada Gana Sabha Main Hall.

Cash Prizes and Rolling trophies were haned over to the winners in various categories such as Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Play, Best Director, Best playwright etc. as published in this blog earlier.

The function was presided over by Shri. L. Sabaretnam, Director Chennai Petroleum Corpn. Ltd. and Advisor – India Cements Ltd.

Shri. Chandru, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. and Dr. Nalli Kuppuswamy chetti were Guests of Honour. Smt. Bombay Gnanam and Shri. S.Ve. Shekher felicitated the award winners.

The function was followed by Sowmya Theatre’s “Bharath Rathna” by T.V. Radhakrishnan.

Reminiscences of Tamil Stage

March 3, 2010 2 comments

These twelve examples of early drama broadsheets are made available for viewing here, in a larger format than appears in the printed book, by kind permission of the Roja Muthiah Research Library collection, Chennai, India. The paper on which these advertisements are printed is often of the lowest quality, intended only for brief usage. The remarkable preservation of such early examples of notices allow us to trace their gradual development into the standard form of the Special Drama notice today. From the mid-1960s to the present, that form has stabilized as an 8.5 x 11 single sheet anchored visually by artists’ plates in the four corners and center, dramatic roles on top and comedy roles at bottom. This hierarchical arrangement of artistic roles on the notices corresponds to the prestige accorded these artistic roles on stage.

Here is the First Three.. Keep Watching this gallery for more..