It was a treat to watch the Tamil mythological play, ‘Soorasamhaaran,’ which was presented decades after theatre legend R.S. Manohar staged it. Directed by Thamizharasan, the play, written (story and screenplay) by K.P. Arivanandam, was staged under the auspices of Kartik Fine Arts. The play sizzled with Arivannadam’s lines delivered well by the actors.

It dealt with the legend of the two Sivaganas, Sooran and Padman. Cursed by Nandi to take seven births as asuras, the two do penance to seek a boon from Lord Siva. He grants them their wish. They will be born as a peacock and a rooster and serve Lord Muruga, the son of Siva.

On Narada’s advice, Sooran and Padman merge and enter fire and are born as Soorapadman in their seventh birth and attain salvation.

One of the highlights of the play was the apt cast. Master Madesh as Bala Murugan stole the show. Whether it was questioning Brahma on the meaning of ‘Om’ or arguing with his father when Siva bails Brahma out, Madesh was a treat to watch. Muthukumar as Lord Siva was impressive. The others including Parimalam, Jayanthi, Rajasri and Jayaseelan played their part with conviction. Special mention must be made of Arivanandam, who as Narada, added to the overall impact. And it is hard to believe the man is into his 70s!

The music by Alex was pleasant. Sets by Rajan (Kanchi Rengamani) were grand and Mano’s lighting complemented them.

Thamizharasan needs to be lauded for his effort, be it his acting or his skill as a director. More important, he has invested his time and money to stage a play close to his heart. Well done, indeed!