Cultural complex inaugurated at Sangeetha Nataka Akademi
Steps have been taken to construct theatres in all panchayats for promotion of performing arts, Culture Minister K.C. Joseph has said.
He was addressing a meeting here on Saturday to inaugurate the G.Sankara Pillai Cultural Complex at the headquarters of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi.
“The theatres will be constructed using funds of local bodies. I had discussed the matter with the Minister for Panchayats. Further measures will be taken soon,” he said. The construction of the theatres would go a long way in promotion of drama. “The activities of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi have given drama a shot in the arm. The akademi has done much for the welfare of indigent artistes,” he said.
The Minister said that doubts were initially raised about the possible reception for the akademi’s weekly drama programmes. “The doubts have been dispelled. Audiences have lapped up the plays. The response in different parts of the State has been encouraging,” he stated. Presiding over the function, Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA, lauded the Culture Department for naming the complex after G. Sankara Pillai.
“Pillai’s contribution to Malayalam theatre has no parallel. He gave a new dimension to alternative theatre. He also laid the foundation for academic training in theatre,” he said.
Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Chairman Soorya Krishnamurthy; secretary P.V. Krishnan Nair; and Mayor Rajan Pallan; were present.
Different areas in the complex have been named after writers Thikkodiyan, S. Gupatan Nair, Vaikom Chandrasekharan Nair, dramatists C.N. Sreekantan Nair, N. Krishna Pillai, C.J. Thomas, N.N. Pillai, K.T. Mohammed, Thoppil Bhasi, Surasu, Jose Chiramel, actors Prem Nazir, Premji, Murali, O. Madhavan, music composer V. Dakshinamurthy and musician Peruvanam Narayana Marar.
The akademi’s halls in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi will be named after dramatist Vayala Vasudevan Pillai and dancer Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma.