Theatre Fest as Tribute to Narendra Prasad
Eight plays written by the late theatre person, Prof. R Narendra Prasad will be staged at the Narendra Prasad Natakolsavam, to be conducted by Natyagriham from November 25 – 29, 2015 at Co-Bank Auditorium, Thiruvananthapuram.
A highlight of the fest will be Souparnika, one of his most acclaimed plays, based on a story from Kottarathil Sankunni’s Aithihyamala. Back on stage after a gap of 25 years, the play will be presented by Natyagriham.
“It was a landmark. Over two years, we performed it in 36 stages across the State and in Delhi. It won the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award for the Best Director and presentation. The play’s script also won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award,” said M.K. Gopalakrishnan, who played the lead character of the naive Venmani Namboothiri in that play, to The Hindu.
The other plays to be staged are ‘Murajapathinu Poya Randu Sancharikal,’ presented by Bodhi Nataka Padhana Kendram, Nooranad, ‘Marthanda Varma Engane Rakshappettu,’ from Natakagramam, Kozhikode, ‘Velliyazhcha,’ directed by Narippatta Raju for Natyasastra, Katampazhippuram, Palakkad, ‘Ira,’ from Sunday Theatres, Kasaragode, ‘Swarna Simhasanam,’ from Kanal Nataka Vedi, Thiruvananthapuram, ‘Satheerthyan,’ from Shraddha, Kozhikode and ‘Kumaran Varunnilla,’ from Rangaprasadhana, Mavelikkara.
Natyagriham, the theatre group founded originally by Prof. Narendra Prasad in the early Eighties, was revived in 2013 under the initiative of some theatre persons and theatre enthusiasts based at Thiruvananthapuram. The group has, since then, organised a variety of cultural and theatre-related activities including commemorative programmes on the departed cultural personalities including Dr. Ayyappa Panicker, D. Vinayachandran, Bharat Murali and Prof. R. Narendra Prasad. In September, 2014, Natyagriham organised the Omcherry Natakolsavam, showcasing the plays written by Prof. Omcherry N.N. Pillai, the veteran theatre person who turned 90 that year.
The detailed schedule of Narendra Prasad Natakolsavam
November 25 – 29, 2015
Co-Bank Auditorium, Thiruvananthapuram
November 25, Wednesday
5.15 p.m. – Inauguration by Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala with Prof. Aliyar presiding.
Key Note Address: Perumbadavam Sreedharan, President, Kerala Sahithya Akademi
Memorial Speech: Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri
7.00 p.m, – ‘Souparnika’
November 26, Thursday
6.00 p.m. – Honouring Senior Theatre Persons
‘Murajapathinu Poya Randu Sancharikal’
Dir. Nooranadu Suku
Bodhi Nataka Padhana Kendram, Nooranad
7.00 p.m. – ‘Velliyazhcha’
Dir. Narippatta Raju
November 27, Friday
10 a.m. – Seminar
‘Creative Contributions of Narendra Prasad’
Inauguration: Dr. M.R. Thamban, Director, Kerala State Institute for Literature
Participants: Dr. V. Rajakrishnan, T.M.Abraham, Prof. Aliyar, Narippatta Raju, K.A. Muralidharan, Rajiv Gopalakrishnan, Anvar Ali, Nooranadu Suku, T. Sureshbabu Kozhikode, S. Radhakrishnan (Coordination: Alex Vallikkunnam)
6.00 p.m.: ‘Marthanda Varma Engae Rakshappettu’
Dir. T. Suresh Babu, Kozhikode
7.00 p.m.: ‘Swarnasimhasanam’
Dir. Hazim Amaravila
Kanal Nataka Vedi, Thiruvananthapuram
November 28, Saturday
10 a.m.: Seminar
Partiicpants: Vijayakrishnan, Prashanth Narayanan, Mohan Maverlikkara, M.V. Gopakumar, V.V.Kumar, Dr. G.R. Santhosh Kumar, Dr. Rajalakshmy, Dr. Beatrice Alexis, Sudhi Devayani, E. Rajarajeswari.
6.00 p.m.: ‘Ira’
Dir. Gopi Kuttikkol
Sunday Theatres, Kasaragode
7.00 p.m.: ‘Kumaran Varunnilla’
Dir. Mohan Mavelikkara
November 29, Sunday
10 a.m.: Discussion
Participants: Dr. M. Rajiv Kumar, Dr. P.K.Rajasekharan, K.Kaladharan, M.Chandraprakash, A. Rathnakaran, Kozhikode, P.S.Pradeep, P.A.M. Rashid, M.K. Gopalakrishnan, Sudheer Parameswaran, Aswathi Vijayan. Moderator: Alex Vallikunnam
5.15 p.m.: Presenting Narendra Prasad Puraskaram (organised jointly by Narendra Prasad
Foundation, Mavelikkara & Natyagriham)
Welcome: K.G. Suresh, Secretary, Narendra Prasad Foundation
Presided by: P.V. Sivan, President, Narendra Prasad Foundation
Inauguration: V.P.Sivakumar, Minister for Health
Chief Guest: Madhu (Actor)
Honourary Guest: Swami Gururathnam Jnanathapaswi, Organisation Secretary, Santigiri
Presenting the Award
Felicitations: Nedumudi Venu, Dr. P.K.Rajasekharan, Dr. K.S. Ravikumar
Vote of Thanks: M.K.Gopalakrishnan, General Convener
7.30 p.m.: ‘Satheerthyan,’
Dir. A. Rathnakaran, Kozhikode