• 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…

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    Thuppariyum Sambu – A Play

    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…

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    SMILE – Tamil Play

    Shraddha, the theatre people have partnered with AIM for Seva and  Alchemy Kids (where my son has been going for theatre programs) to present a new play from today for four days in Narada Gana Sabha Hall (Alwarpet, Chennai). The play is titled SMILE, written and directed by Vijay Viswanathan of Alchemy Kids. The story is about how joining a home “Ananda Illam” for the mentally challenged as it’s manager gives purpose and happiness to the protagonist played by Vijay Viswanathan. Few of the actors are from AIM for Seva homes itself, including them everyone on stage have done a fine job. Excellent performance by actors who played the role…

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    Sadhurangam by Shraddha Theatres

    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 China and Pakistan are mostly responsible for peace not prevailing…

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    Case No.575/1

    Venue was Narada Gana Sabha, sharp at 7PM the curtain raises. We see a bank counter, a robbery in action that goes fatally wrong with a pregnant women getting shot. Next scene we see the robber Annamalai (played by Anand Ram) behind bars on death row for killing the teller. Vignesh, a freelance writer visits the jailor தோழர் Sivakadaksham (played by Shivaji Chaturvedi) and Asst.Jailor Karunakaran, with permission on hand to interview Raghuraman, a death row convict. Raghuraman is not interested in talking, he walks away from Vignesh after  saying calmly “Yes I did it, I murdered my wife Gayathri“.  Meanwhile Annamalai  claims to Vignesh he is innocent, the shooting was nothing more…