Folk arts, street-plays and dramas played a crucial role in bringing about a social transformation. Script writers and theatre artistes should realise the importance of the impact of plays on the masses and work towards addressing social issues, observed speakers at a function held to mark the celebrations of ‘World Drama Day' organised jointly by the Rasika Ranjana Sabha and the Tiruchi District Drama Artistes Association here on Saturday.
Three artistes – S. Ramanujam, M. Ramasamy and Ranagarasan were honoured on the occasion for their contribution to the development of drama. A citation presented to them on the occasion referred to their hard work for the promotion of dramas. Alex, actor, honoured the artistes.
Muthuvelazhagar, a noted drama director, recalled how the dramas could act as a mirror of the suffering people. Kaura Rajasekar, a trader, said that society was still plagued with several problems. Drama artistes and script writers should focus on these issues and attempt towards resolving the same.
R. Gunasekaran, Regional Assistant Director, Department of Arts and Culture, said that the Department organised special camps to identify the talents of students of schools and colleges in staging plays.
S.Ramanujam, in his acceptance address, said that drama artistes were familiar with the character they projected. Drama provided adequate training to artistes. Most actors-turned drama artistes were popular only by virtue of their intensive training and hard rehearsals during their initial phase of career. N. Sekar, honorary secretary of Rasika Ranjana Sabha; M.S. Mohamad Masthan, general secretary of the association, S.R. Kaathan, president of the association; George and Sudirsenthil, drama directors were among those who spoke.