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I have been a regular to Shraddha Theatres plays in Tamil for the last many years. Today, they had the first show of their new play “Home Maker” written by Anand Raghav. It was about how the woman of the house, the housewife, sacrifices her dreams and plays an important role in the well-being of the family. She cooks, teaches, manages the finance, procures supplies, nurses the sick and much much more. Yet, her role is not appreciated by her own spouse, or respected by her children, for many working in a job and earning is the only sign of…

Ramanujar (ராமானுஜர்) is a new Tamil Play by Shraddha Theatres, a theatre group in Chennai. The play written by Sahitya Academy awarded author Indira Parthasarathy, is a biography on one of the most important exponents and Acharya (Guru) of Sri Vaishnavism tradition within Hinduism- Sri Ramanujar (ஸ்ரீ ராமானுஜர்). This year (2017), marks the 1000th year of the saint – throughout the year many organisations have been conducting programs remembering Sri Ramanuja’s life and his teachings. Last two years, there was a TV Series too on “Ramanujar” written by former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Kalaignar Karunanidhi. Shraddha’s play on Sri Ramanujar, runs for two-and-half-hour and is directed by…

Why is there no Black Taj Mahal across the Yamuna River facing the Taj Mahal in Agra?How did Islam manage to entrench itself & flourish in Hindustan before the arrival of Europeans?Using the name of Religion for their self interest by rulers of India, is it a recent trend?Why did Aurangzeb kill his brother and have his father Shah Jahan arrested?What power did the royal harem have in the Mughal empire? If you wish to know the story behind these, book your tickets and watch Shraddha Theatres “Aurangzeb”. A brilliant theatrical attempt to tell the story of the last powerful Mughal rulers of India. The…

Happy Birthday Shraddha Theatres for completing 5 years, you have been doing an exceptional work in promoting Tamil Theatre and many budding talents on stage. Their latest production is Sadhurangam, an unconventional theme for a theatre play. Based on a story by Anand Raghav it’s about struggle of innocent people everywhere caught in armed conflict zones. For Indians like me who are far removed from North East parts of our country, Manipur state is a small dot in map and recalled only for it’s natural beauty and for armed conflicts like rest of the region. We have been led to believe that our neighbouring states…

Shraddha theatre group have done 15 plays in their four years of founding. The 15 plays have been across genres, all staged with the goal of promoting Tamil Theatre and encouraging the habit of watching Live Theatre with the youngsters. This week’s play, in celebration of annual Children’s Day in India (November 14th) is called பாரதி (Bharathi). The title (Bharathi) of the play that I saw today is of a little girl with that name in the play, and is not named after the Great Tamil (Freedom struggle fame) poet Thiru.Subramania Bharathi (மகாகவி சுப்பிரமணிய பாரதி). Its a story that’s easily understood as one which is a fusion between “Alice in…