CHENNAI: Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha recently celebrated their 117th Drama Award function at the Narada Gana Sabha. The function saw eminent personalities from the field of drama. Theatre’s centurion and ‘Nataka Kalasarathy’ KS Nagarajan graced the occasion.
Kudanthai Mali, who has authored and directed several plays, was conferred the title ‘Nataka Kalasarathy’, an annual title awarded by Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha to recognise an artiste’s contribution in the field of drama. Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, gave away gold medals, cash prize worth `20,000 and the memento to Mali.
Theatre artistes ‘Binny’ K Ramachandran and Parimalam were given the lifetime achievement award. Speaking during the occasion Ramachandran, who has completed 60 years on stage, expressed his happiness and gratitude for the award. “To share the stage with so many eminent personalities is a blessing. And to have received this award in their presence is such an honour,” he shared. Parimalam, who started her journey at 18, couldn’t contain her excitement and said that drama is her life and it keeps her going.
Theatre director and short filmmaker, Bombay Chanakya was felicitated with the Iyakunar Sigaram Dr K Balachander award. On receiving the award, he said he excited to have received this title as he has been closely associated with late Balachander.
SV Sekar, Mohan Prasaran, Supreme Court senior advocate and sabha vice president, Crazy Mohan, TV Varadharajan, M Krishnamurthy, sabha secretary, and others were present.
The event concluded with a play Meessai Aanalum Manaivi by Crazy Mohan and his team Crazy Creations.