(Last Updated on : 05/05/2012)
S. Ramanujam is a director as well as a playwright in Tamil language
. He was a pioneer of modern Tamil theatre
. In the 1970s he studied under Alkazi
at the National School of Drama
, New Delhi. He specialized in children's theatre. He taught in Gandhigram Rural University in Dindigul district
. He got guidance in research in old and neglected Tamil forms and thus resurrecting them from oblivion. He is presently working as project director for recreation of Kaisiki Natakam, a south Indian temple performance, reviving it from obscurity and threatened extinction.
He has written several plays. Among them some of the important names can be mentioned as Mouna-k-kural i.e. "Silent Voice" in 1994 and Cbempavalakali in 1995. He also published numerous articles on theatre and a treatise in Tamil on dramaturgy. He has directed over forty productions in Tamil, Malayalam language
and Hindi language
, introducing European and Indian masters, classical and modern. Landmarks include G. Sankara Pillai's Karutta daivatte tedi i.e. "In Search of the Black God", Veriyattam i.e. "Frenzied Dance" in 1990, adapting Euripides's Trojan Women using native oppari dirges, and Max Frisch's Andorra in 1992. Ramanujam is a pivotal figure in Tamil theatre
and Malayalam theatre
. Many events and activities in both linguistic areas owe their inspiration to him. Yet critics are still to grasp the spirit of his stylized theatre.
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