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Sujatha’s short stories on stage

Komal Theatres is going to stage writer Sujatha’s five short stories

Komal Theatres is going to stage writer Sujatha’s five short stories  

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Komal Theatres has chosen five short stories from the celebrated writer’s collection.

Thirty years and 33 plays is how one can describe the late Komal Swaminathan’s stage career. Some of his plays, presented under his banner ‘Stage Friends’ have been made into films, one of them being the superhit Thanneer Thanneer, which was directed by K. Balachander. This brought him to the limelight in 1980. After staging ‘Oru Indiya Kanavu,’ Komal Swaminathan made it into a film.

After his demise his daughter Dharini Komal revived the troupe and staged some of his plays including “Thanneer Thanneer.” Dharini is not only keen on revisiting her father’s plays but on adapting the stories of famous writers.

‘Celebrating the Writers’ would include Kalki, Pudhumaipithan, Thi. Janakiraman, Choodamani and Indira Parthasarathy. “Earlier, I took one story of each author and staged it,” says Dharini, who rechristened the troupe as Komal Theatres.

In her latest attempt, Dharini has taken five stories of Sujatha and dramatised it. She read the entire repertoire of Sujatha’s 200 short stories.

Writer Sujatha Rangarajan

Writer Sujatha Rangarajan   | Photo Credit: R_Ragu

“Not all of them would yield to adaptation. So I chose one from each theme,” explains Dharini. For family it is ‘Anumathi’, which talks of value system. For comedy, she chose ‘Ayiram Varudangal Uyirudan Iruppathu Eppadi’.

‘Eithavan’ was her choice for crime thriller, a genre Sujatha handled with élan. ‘Nagaram’ for society and ‘Suriyan’ for science complete the list, each running 20 minutes. The cast is a mix of veterans and young aspirants. “I have not changed anything in the script. Minimal work was needed to make the dialogue work for stage. As I am also a documentary film maker I have made a 10-minute audio-visual presentation on the legend Sujatha, which will precede the play,” says Dharini. The short stories have been dramatised and directed by Dharini.

Komal Theatre’s Tamil play, ‘Sujatha’ will be inaugurated today, September 27, 6.45 p.m., at Narada Gana Sabha, in association with Karthik Fine Arts, Brahma Gana Sabha and Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha.

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