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UAA ‘Soppana Vaazhvil’

UAA ‘Soppana Vaazhvil’   | Photo Credit: M_VEDHAN;M_VEDHAN

UAA comes to Mumbai, to stage three plays, each a thorough entertainer

Tamil theatre attracts a good audience in Mumbai. Apart from the local drama troupes, if the groups are from Chennai, especially well-known ones such as United Amateur Artists (UAA), it is sure to draw a full house.

Powai Fine Arts (PFA) has organised a three-day drama festival featuring three latest productions of UAA on June 30, July 1 and 2 at the Sivaswamy Auditorium, Fine Arts Society, Chembur.

“We are raising funds for Our Children, a charitable organisation working for the uplift of under privileged children,” informs B. Swaminathan from PFA.

Hosting one of the oldest among Tamil theatre groups and in the centenary year of Y.G. Parthasarathy, the doyen of theatre, is a thoughtful gesture by the PFA.

Founded in 1952 by YGP with his writer, director and actor friend Pattu, UAA is into its 66th year with 66 productions to its credit.

YGP’s son, Y. Gee Mahendra, has been carrying on the legacy.

Out of the 66 plays, some have been made into films and a few movies have been re-scripted to suit the stage.

On June 30, UAA will stage ‘Soppana Vaazhvil’ which is their 65th production. “It is an intriguing psychological thriller that created waves in theatre circuits,” says Mahendra.

On July 1, ‘Paritchaikku Neramachu’ will be staged. The play was made into a film in the 1980s starring Sivaji Ganesan, Sujatha and Y.Gee Mahendra. The revived play was a huge hit when presented a few years ago.

On July 2, it is ‘Kasedhan Kadavulada,’ a revival of Chitralaya Gopu’s script from the 1970s that is relevant even today. The comedy, which also has YGM, is a thorough entertainer.

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Printable version | Feb 17, 2020 10:16:13 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/theatre/uaa-promises-mumbai-audiences-an-entertaining-time/article19174798.ece

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