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Shraddha’s “VALAI” – Hindu Review

September 29, 2011 Leave a comment

A mixed bag

Suganthy Krishnamachari

“Valai” tamil play by Shraddha

The strands were both strong and weak in Sreevathson’s web.

Corporate espionage, sabotage of a rival company’s project, revenge of a jilted lover, technology which compromises privacy – any of these could weave complicated webs. Shraddha’s new play ‘Valai’ (written and directed by V. Sreevathson) dealt with all these factors.

The curtain went up to show the tastefully done up living room in the house of Ramakrishnan (Balaji), a brilliant engineer from IIT, who is working on a top secret project for his company. There is a sinister plot to derail the same.

The story belongs to the category of science fiction, and that precludes the possibility of faulting it for inaccuracies, for science fiction borders on fantasy and is usually futuristic.

But the play had other flaws, which should have been avoided. The way Mani (Girish) conducted himself in office made the whole office look like a college classroom. Would those working on top secret projects behave so childishly? Mani’s question to a potential interviewee about whether she had been disappointed in love was so absurd that it didn’t deserve even a laugh. Who, in any company, would put such a question to someone attending an interview?

Sreevathson came in for a scene, as the late Sujatha. True the writer was so well read that in a conversation, he would touch upon a wide range of subjects. But then his various observations would never lack cohesion. However, Sreevatson’s touching upon the Thirukkural, Kamba Ramayanam, etc, had no relevance at all to the scene.

Now for the positive points in the play. The sets (Mohan Babu and Vijayakumar) must be mentioned here. The stage had been split vertically, with the upper portion serving as the office and the lower as the house of Ramakrishnan. A door that opened when employees displayed biometric identification worked without a glitch. The use of shades of gray and steel gave the office the required serious, formal look.

Nithya Kaushik, as Mirnalini, made a charming villain. The underplayed performances of Balaji, who discovers that the embers of his first love are not quite dead, and Kavitha Sivakumar as his wife Maya, were pleasing.

The statements that IITs should not be treated as factories to produce engineers for the West and that if IITians were interested only in migrating to the U.S., then IIT education should not be subsidised were very valid ones. It takes courage to make such statements, when it is considered the ultimate achievement of parenting is to see one’s child go through IIT and then to the U.S.

The Shraddha team hopes to draw a young audience to Tamil theatre. If they succeed in doing so, then such messages would be most valuable. But platitudinous statements are not enough to make a play interesting. The play was slow, predictable and bereft of any excitement, although it should have been racy, given that it was about corporate rivalry, secret surveillance and a vengeful woman.

Shraddha’s new venture, “VALAI”

September 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Spinning a web

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

 

 

At ‘Valai’ rehearsals.

The crowds that thronged the hall to watch their three earlier plays – ‘Dhanushkodi,’ ‘Doosra’ and ‘Madras to Chennai’ – were an acknowledgement of Shraddha’s efforts to transport Tamil theatre to laudable heights. Now, the team is all set for its fourth edition – ‘Valai’ – a play woven around the subjects of software wizardry and corporate espionage. “This time it is science fiction with strong human emotions as the base. We once again assure theatre lovers that a new experience awaits them,” assures Shivaji Chaturvedi, one of the pillars of Shraddha.

The aim of the aspiring group of veterans isn’t merely to experiment and innovate, but to draw both young audiences, and ‘only-English’ stage-watchers to their shows. But such productions mean money. “So far well-wishers and children of Shraddha’s members have helped the endeavour. But soon we’ll have to work out a system where people who know about Shraddha come forward willingly in support. Many are already doing it and we are thankful to them. We have 945 names registered in our mailing list, thanks to the curtain raisers to our plays that have appeared in The Hindu. Invitations have already been despatched to all of them. Others who wish to join us at the ‘Valai’ shows on September 28, 29, 30 and October 1, at Narada Gana Sabha Hall, can call us at 28272655; 98402 08583 for invitations, between 9a.m. and 1p.m.; 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Shraddha operates on a very different plane. “We are not a drama troupe,” the members clarify. The core group has an eminent set of Tamil playwrights and novelists to write for Shraddha. ‘Valai’s writer and director is V. Sreevathson, whose Dummies Drama is a familiar name in the Tamil theatre scenario.

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Shraddha’s next venture, “VALAI” by V. Sreevathson

September 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Shraddha will be presenting their next venture, “VALAI” by V. Sreevathson during the period 28th September 2011 to 1st October 2011 at Narada Gana Sabha Main Hall, Alwarpet, Chennai.(Daily at 7 pm).

 

 

Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha – Drama Festival 2011

August 14, 2011 1 comment

SRI PARTHASARATHY SWAMI SABHA
DRAMA FESTIVAL 2011

Drama Festival in Celebration of “Dadasaheb Phalke Award” to Director Shri K. Balachander

Venue: Mylapore Fine Arts Club, Musiri Subramanian Road, (next to St. Isabell hospital), Mylapore, Chennai

Time: 7.00 pm (Daily)

27-8-2011 Sat.
Stage Creation Presents Kathadi Ramamurthy in Latest Hit Play NEENGALE SOLLUNGA By S.L. Naanu
28-8-2011 Sun.
Dummies Drama Presents their Latest Play SHYAMALAM By Sreevatson
29-8-2011 Mon.
Mali’s Stage Presents ILLAKKANAM MAARUMO By S.L.Naanu Dir. Mali
30-8-2011 Tues.
Sowmya Presents KARUPPU AADUGAL By T.V. Radhakrishnan
31-8-2011 Wed.
Sathya Sai Creations Presents Mapillai Ganesh in SOLLATHAN NINAIKKIREN By Ezhichur Aravindan
1–9-2011 Thurs
Gurukulam Original Boys Co95 presents NARKALIKKU IDAMILLAI By M.B. Moorthy
2–9-2011 Fri.
TamizArasan Theatres Presents RAAGU KETHU ( Purana Nadagam) By K.P. Arivanandham
3–9-2011 Sat.
Crazy Creations Presents Crazy Mohan and Balaji in MADHIL MEL MADHU By Crazy Mohan
4–9-2011 Sun.
4-25 pm Navabharath Stage Presents Koothapiran in KASIKKU PONA GANAPATHY By Koothapiran
7.00 pm. Natakapriya presents S.Ve. Sekhar in PERIYA THAMBI
5–9-2011 Mon.
“United Visuals Present, TV Varadharajen in PLASTIC KADAVUL” By C.V. Chandra Mohan
6–9-2011 Tues.
Augusto Creations Presents ANDHA SARAVANANAI CHUTRI By Augusto
7–9-2011 Wed.
“Kala Nilayam presents, K.S. Nagarajan’s” MARU PAKKAM” by KSN Sundar
8–9-2011 Thurs.
Kalamandir Presents “SANNIDHANAM” By Bombay Chanakya
9–9-2011 Fri
Rail Priya Presents NEIYANDI VILAS ( Pure Vegetarian) By Ananthu
10–9-2011 Sat.
UAA Presents Y.Gee. Mahendra in NADAGAM By Chitralaya Sriram
11–9-2011 Sun.
Mother Creation Presents SWASAM By C.V. Chandramohan
12–9-2011 Mon.
Ajay Enterprises Presents “KATHAI SOLLA POREN” By D.Mallikraj
13–9-2011 Tues.
Arudra Fine Arts Presents “MELAKARTHA RAGANGAL” A Classical Musical Play By Sai
14–9-2011 Wed.
Goodwill Stage Presents MAMIYAR 65@HOTMAIL.COM By Kovai Anuradha
15–9-2011 Thurs
Gitanjali Presents “NAMAKKUL ORUVAN” By KSN Sundar

Few rows reserved against Donor Passes (Rs.500/-) – contact: parthadrama11@gmail.com or send SMS to 9444226915

Bombay Gnanam’s new play “Saaswatham”

Mahalakshmi Ladies Drama Group, Chennai will be inaugurating their new tamil stageplay, “SAASWATHAM” written and directed by Bombay Gnanam under the auspices of Kartik Fine Arts, Chennai at Narada Gana Sabha Hall, Alwarpet, Chennai on 8th August 2011 at 7.00 pm:

The Play will also be staged on the following days subsequently:

 

9.8.2011  –  7.00 pm

for Narada Gana Sabha   at Narada Gana Sabha Hall

10.8.2011 – 7.00 pm

for Brahma Gana Sabha  at Narada Gana Sabha Hall

11.8.2011 – 7.00 pm

for Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha  at Narada Gana Sabha Hall

13.8.2011 – 7.00 pm

for Sri Thyaga brahma gana sabha  at Vani Mahal, T.Nagar

14.8.2011 – 7.00 pm

for Mylapore Fine Arts Club  at Mylapore Fine Arts Club, Mylapore, Chennai

Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha – Dance Festival 2011 Schedule

January 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha
(Address  for communication: 100, T.P. Koil Street, Chennai-5. Ph : 9444701446)

DANCE  FESTIVAL – 2011 (16-1-2011 to 6-3-2011)

At R.K. SWAMY AUDITORIUM (Sir Sivaswamy Kalalaya S.S. School)
5, Sundareswarar Street, Mylapore, Chennai-600 004.

Programmes in Memory of
Late Sri. P.OBUL REDDY & Late Smt. GNANAMBA

16-1-2011 Sunday

6-45 p.m.     Bharatanatyam by  RADICA GIRI (Disciple of Guru Sri. A. Lakshman)

17.01.2011 Monday

5.45 p.m.    Bharatha Natyam by MALAVIKA MUTHUKUMAR (Disciple of  Guru Sarayu Sai )

7.15 p.m.     Nadala Presents – Kathak Dance  by K. MURALI MOHAN & NANDINI MEHTA
(Disciples of Guru Maya Rao,  Padmashri Udini Lakhia)

18.01.2011 Tuesday

5.45 PM       Group Ballet Bharatanatyam by STUDENTS OF KARTHYAYINI SRINIVAS

7.15 p.m.     Bharatha Natyam by JANAKI RANGARAJAN

(Disciple of Guru Dr. Padma Subramaniyam )

19.01.2011 Wednesday

5.45 p.m.     Bharatha Natyam by  VIDYALAKSHMI SRINIVASAN
Disciple of  Guru  Gayathri & Balagurunathan )

7.15 PM      Bharatha Natyam by R.S.ASHA

(Disciple of Guru Shobana Chandrakumar – Kalarpana)

20.01.2011, Thursday

5.45 p.m.    Bharatha Natyam by  KIRAN RAJAGOPALAN (Disciple of  Guru A. Lakshman )

7.15 p.m.    Bharatha Natyam by CALAI CHANDRASEKARAN (USA)
(Disciple of Guru Hema  Rajagopalan )

21.01.2011, Friday

5.45 p.m.     Bharatha Natyam by POOJA KUMAR (Disciple of Guru Savithri Jaganatharao )

7.15 p.m.    Bharatha Natyam by AISHWARYA NARAYANASWAMY (Disciple Guru Anitha Guha)

22.01.2011   Saturday

4.00 p.m.    Bharatha Natyam by SHRADHA NAGARAJ (Disciple of Guru Smt.Latha Rajesh)

5.45 p.m.    Bharatha Natyam by MEENAKSHI SRINIVASAN (Disciple of Guru  Alarmeluvalli )

7.15 p.m.    Bharatha Natyam by DIVYA RAMAN (Disciple of Guru K. J. Sarasa)

 
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Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha – 110th Year Music Festival

December 9, 2010 Leave a comment

SRI PARTHASARATHY SWAMI SABHA
(Address for Communication : 100, T.P. Koil Street, Chennai – 600 005. Ph : 2844 1837)

110th YEAR – DECEMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL – ISAI VIZHA – 2010 (15-12-2010 to 8-1-2011)

Venue : VIDYA BHARATHI, 55, Bheemasena Garden Road
(Near Jammi Building) Mylapore, Chennai – 4. Phone : 2499 7269 / 2499 1248

Inauguration on 15-12-2010 (Wednesday) at 5.45 p.m.

His Holiness Sri Srivan Sadagopa SRI RANGANATHA YATINDRA MAHADESIKAN SWAMIGAL
Inaugurates and confers the title “Sangeetha Kalasarathy” on Smt. NITHYASREE MAHADEVAN

Presenting Palghat Mani Iyer Centenary Year Award to Umayalpuram K.SIVARAMAN (Instituted by Smt. Nithyasree Mahadevan)

Presenting Dr.M.L.Vasanthakumari Award to Ms. AMRITHA MURALI (Instituted by Smt. Sudha Raghunathan)

Dr. NALLI KUPPUSWAMI CHETTI presides Smt. SUDHA RAGHUNATHAN lights the Kuthuvilakku.
Felicitation : Sri. A. NATARAJAN, Former Director, Doordarshan.

PROGRAMME :

At 4.15 p.m. Mangala Isai by Thirupulivanam E.HARIDOSS & Party
At 7.00 p.m. – “Nadha Yogi” Sri. R.K.SRIKANTAN with Sri. RAVIKIRAN on Chitraveena. Sri. R.Ramkanth – Vocal Support; Srimushnam V.Rajarao – Mridangam.
Sri Srisundarkumar – Kanjeera.

LECTURE DEMONSTRATION SERIES Daily Morning 8.30 a.m.

16.12.10 Thurs “Carnataka Sangita Pitamaha Sri Purandaradasa.” Sri. T.K. Govinda Rao, Musician & Musicologist.
17.12.10 Fri “Some interesting Talas of Hindustani Music” Smt. Shakuntala Narasimhan, Musician & Musicologist.
18.12.10 Sat “Mysore Sadasiva Rao and his Contributions” Dr. Rajshri Ramakrishna, Lecturer, Dept. of Indian Music, Univ. of Madras.
19.12.10 Sun “Rara ragas handled by Dr.Muthiah Bhagavatar” Dr. M.B. Vedavalli, Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Indian Music, Univ. of Madras.
20.12.10 Mon “Misra Nadai Pallavi in 4 kalai” Chingleput Sri. Ranganathan, Principal,T.T.C., The Music Academy, Chennai.
21.12.10 Tue “Role of Madhyama in rakti Ragas Dr. R.S. Jayalakshmi, Lecturer, T.T.C. The Music Academy, Chennai.
22.12.10 Wed “Kuraippu in Kalpana Svara ” (Adi & Misra Chapu) Trichy Sri. J. Venkataraman, Musician & Musicologist.
23.12.10 Thurs “Musical references in Periya Puranam” Dr. M.A. Bhageerathi, Professor, Dept. of Music, Q.M.C. Chennai
10.00 a.m. “Gamakas, Anuswaras – Oceans of Musical Possibilities” Dr. Sriram Parasuram, Musician & Musicologist.
24.12.10 Fri “An ideal structure for Musical Composition” Smt. Suguna Purushothaman, Musician & Musicologist.
A reflection of Past and Present
10.00 a.m. “Madhyamavathi Patterns” `Nadha Yogi’ Prof. S.R. Janakiraman, Musician & Musicologist.
25.12.10 Sat “Ashtapadis and Bhajans tuned & Dr. M.Premeela Gurumurthy, Prof.& Head,
popularised by Guru P.S.Srinivasa Rao Dept. of Indian Music, Univ. of Madras.

26.12.10 Sun “Contribution of Raja Raja Chola to” Dr. B.M. Sundaram, Musicologist.
the development of Art and Architecture
27.12.10 Mon “Mummoorthigal Sangamam” Neyveli Sri.R.Santhanagopalan, Musician & Musicologist.
28.12.10 Tue “Transition of Folk Tunes in to Ragas” Dr. S.A.K. Durga, Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Indian Music, Univ. of Madras.
10.00 a.m. “Manodharma Sangeetham – An extension of Kalpita Sangitam” A Musical Open House. Anchor Person : N. Sashikiran
29.12.10 Wed “Technique of translating Vocal Music into Violin” Sri. R.K.Sriramkumar, Violin Vidwan
30.12.10 Thurs “Lyrical excellence in the kritis of Smt. Sumathi Krishnan, Musician
Sri Muthuswamy Dikshitar”
31.12.10 Fri “Sri Ramana Bhagavan aruliya Akshara Manamaalai” – Smt. Vijayalakshmi T.V.Sankaranarayanan

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