• Theatre Review,  தமிழ்

    Nam Samayalaraiyil

    Shraddha Theatres, a theatre group in Chennai is known for their innovation with the scripts they choose and their execution – introducing something different in each of their theatre plays. This time, they have taken the inconspicuous Kitchen(s) in our households and told the family drama and sentiment that happens around it. Their new play Nam Samayalaraiyil (நம் சமையலறையில்) that was staged today is an anthology of four stories (நான்கு குறு நாடகங்கள்), each of them has Kitchen and Cooking as the background.  தமிழில் வந்த சமையல் புத்தகங்களில் எஸ். மீனாட்சி அம்மாள் அவர்களின் “சமைத்துப் பார்” அரை நூறாண்டுகளுக்கு மேலாக மிகப் பிரபலம். அதைத் தொடர்ந்து, என் தந்தை – லிப்கோவின் “சமைப்பது எப்படி” என்ற, என் அத்தை எழுதிய சைவ…

  • Faith,  Theatre Review

    Ramanujar – Tamil Play by Shraddha

    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 G. Krishnamurthy. Probably after many decades, a Tamil Play on…

  • Theatre Review

    YGM’s Kasethan Kadavulada

    Kasethan Kadavulada (1972) is one of my all time favourite Tamil film; starring Thengai Srinivasan the film is an all-out comedy. It’s about how two young men join hands with their friend, a teashop owner to rob their step-mother, the teashop friend enters their house dressed as a fake holy man and causes a comedy riot. The story for the film was written by Chitralaya Gopu which was inspired by a stage play of the same name. Now Y.Gee.Mahendra, the stage veteran has been staging a replay of the same story. Today I saw the stage play in Ramarao Kala Mantap, T.Nagar performed by Y.G.M’s troupe UAA. Though I knew the story and dialogues…

  • Theatre Review

    Aurangzeb by Shraddha

    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 historical play is based on a…

  • Lounge,  Theatre Review

    Thuppariyum Sambu

    Shraddha theatre group stages for last two days a play by writer Devan (தேவன்), who is regarded as Tamil Nadu’s P.G.Wodehouse. The Tamil play is based on Devan’s  famous novel titled Thuppariyum Sambu (துப்பறியும் சாம்பு), it’s a humorous take on a simpleton detective whose unfailing luck solves all the cases and brings him untold riches. The book was my son’s favourite as bedtime story when he was growing up. I watched the play today, it was Directed and starred by veteran Tamil Play artist Kathadi Ramamurthy (காத்தாடி ராமமூர்த்தி). Just seeing him as Sambu with his longgg nose on screen was enough to get the audience laughing. The book had many dozen exploits of Sambu, which had to…