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Nikhila Kesavan’s Pricey Omana and Komaligal by Theatre Akku are part of the maiden Mithran Theatre Pageant paying tribute to the thespian who formed Chennai’s English theatre

Nikhila Kesavan’s Pricey Omana and Komaligal by Theatre Akku are part of the maiden Mithran Theatre Pageant paying tribute to the thespian who formed Chennai’s English theatre

This week, August 9 to be explicit, marks 12 years because the passing of Mithran Devanesan, a famous character in Chennai’s English theatre house.

Having spent over 35 years within the discipline, Mithran had directed over 150 performs, and was concerned in no less than 350 productions. However for B Charles, who runs Chennai Artwork Theatre, it was Mithran’s humanitarian aspect that touched him. “Mithran was the primary one who confirmed us that there’s an leisure type known as theatre. Nonetheless, past theatre, he has additionally contributed to many humanitarian actions as part of The Mithran Basis he had arrange. His epitaph reads ‘Humanitarian and Theatre director’,” says Charles, who will launch the maiden Mithran Theatre Pageant in Chennai on August 13. By way of the Basis, he explains, Mithran arrange free tuition centres for kids in villages that lacked electrical energy, colleges and different primary facilities.

Charles provides, “Mithran is the rationale for no matter we have now been reaching within the discipline of theatre, and lots of look as much as him as their mentor. By way of this competition, I wish to characterize all of them. It’s my method of exhibiting gratitude to him.”

Kickstarting this Saturday, the competition’s line-up contains performs resembling Fragments and the Tiger by Michael Muthu, The Practice Driver by Athol Fugard (Gnataks Manufacturing), Komaligal by Theatre Akku, and a play by Krishna Shastri Devulapalli, tailored and directed by Nikhila Kesavan for Pricey Omana. “We even have performs scheduled for the month-end (August 26 and 27. The road-up will embrace What she mentioned: Six voices from the Ramayana by Gowri Ramnarayan as nicely,” says Charles, including that the staff has been engaged on curating the fest for the previous six months. 

 Komaligal

 Komaligal

Discussing Komaligal, Charles explains the way it highlights the interconnections between our society immediately and gender inequality. “It seems at how intersectional abuse is an end result of our stagnant cultural attitudes and inhuman practices resembling caste and sophistication discrimination,” he says, including, “This play tries to convey into mild the sexual oppression confronted by ladies throughout social, cultural and demographic backgrounds by means of a compilation of tales that belong to every one among us.”

As for Pricey Omana, the satirical play unfolds as letters exchanged between struggling author Krishna Shastri Devulapalli, and a bestselling creator Omana Banerjee.

Performs apart, the occasion additionally contains an exhibition that may showcase Mithran’s key works, photographs from his life journey, and a documentary.

The competition will probably be held from August 13 onwards at Medai – The Stage, Alwarpet. Tickets at 300 are on bookmyshow.com

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