New play by Koothu-p-pattarai staged in Saligramam: March 8 to 13

Well known Thamizh theatre company, Koothu-p-Pattarai which is based in Sri Iyyappa Nagar is presenting its new play titled ‘ Vikramaathithan Kathai’.

It is staged at the theatre space of its own in this Saligramam colony.
Written and directed by its founder, writer-director N. Muthuswamy, the play is staged daily from March 8  t0 13th, daily at 7 p.m.

Muthuswamy says that in the past, the story of ‘Vikramaathithya’ was very popular in Tamil Nadu but the entertainment media has been dominated by themes purveyed by cinema, TV and radio and such stories faded out.

He says that when Koothu-p-Pattarai was approached by an NGO to design an awareness programme on HIV / AIDS prevention, he recommended Akkur Elumalai the Theru-k-Koothu artist to them for conducting the programme.  For this purpose, KPP scripted Vikramaathithya’s story for presentation in the Theru-k-Koothu format for five nights of two and half hours duration each day.

Says Muthuswamy, a Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee, “When we thought of a new theatre production for this year, the Vikramaathithya story came to our mind.  Sreedevi’s newly formed theatre group Devriksha had already enacted one part of the story.  We therefore decided to stage the other part of the story.”

Hence, this new play being presented now begins from Bojaraaja ascending the throne, one of the supporting sculptures narrating Chandravarman’s story, Vikramaathithya’s coronation and ends with Indira presenting the throne to Vikramaathithya.

The story of Vikramaathithya covers the episodes relating to the verbal interaction with the sculptures by Bojaraaja and Vikramaathithya while ascending the throne.

Koothu-p-Pattarai also intends to enact the third part of the story and also hopes to produce the complete story of Vikramaathithya of five hours duration covering all the three parts.  Thus, Koothhu-p-Pattarai wants to revive Vikramaathithya story which was once very popular in Tamil Nadu in a modern theatre format.

The stage has been created in the building where Muthuswamy resides and is a novel space, intimate and well designed.
Admission is open to all but is limited.

Address – 16/58, 3rd Main Road, Sri Iyyappa Nagar, Saligramam, Chennai 92.

Call 99414 46543 / 65373633.

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