KOCHI: It is rare that senior bureaucrats in Kerala engage themselves in artistic pursuits, let alone don stage roles.
An IAS officer, when asked about his hobbies, once commented, “I abandoned all my artistic instincts during my three-year preparation (for the Civil Service examination).”
V. Venu, Principal Secretary (Tourism), is an exception. He never dropped his passion for the theatre during his ascent on the bureaucratic ladder. He has been associated with the Thiruvananthapuram-based Abhinaya Theatre for a long time and has acted in many of its plays, including street plays.
Mr. Venu acted in two of the three plays Abhinaya staged in Kochi as part of its seven-city, four-play summer touring theatre festival. He put up an impressive performance in both ‘Paalangal' a theatre adaptation of Ayyappa Panicker's poem by the same name and in the Malayalam adaptation of Tendulkar's ‘Sakharam Binder'.
“I was very active as an actor while in school and college,” Mr. Venu recalls.
“Even after my education, I nurtured my passion for the theatre.”
He never abandoned this passion even while playing a key role in turning Kerala Tourism as an internationally recognised brand and wooing tourists to Kerala from across the world.