‘Thiruvarangu’, a drama troupe that formed during the 60s is returning to the forefront with the help of a few stage aficionados. On Sunday many known faces from the field of Malayalam drama like Prasanth Narayanan, C P Prakash, Shreekanth Parameshwaran, Margi Suresh, Anoop S K M, A G Syamkumar, Vinod Subhadra, and Venu Pankulam along with hundreds of drama lovers from around the state reinstated the drama troupe by lighting a lamp.
The ‘arangunarthal’ which was held at Theerthapada Mandapam at Thiruvananthapuram was inaugurated by Nedumudi Venu
Kavalam Narayana Panikkar was the chief guest of the function. Actress Leela Panikkar released the new logo of the troupe. ‘Malayala Nadakam - Ormakalude lokam’, an audio-visual slide show based on the history of Malayalam plays by Alex Vallikkunnam was presented after the function.
‘Thiruvarangu’, which played a significant role in finding many talented drama artists, was not active for many years now. G Aravindan, Alancheri Mani, Kavalam Narayana Panikkar, Fazil, Kumaravarma, Nedumudi Venu and Kavalam Padmanabhan were the founders of the troupe in 1968.
They had staged many innovative plays such as Sakshi, Thiruvazhithan, Daivathar, Avanavan Kadamba and Enikku Shesham under the banner. But for the last 40 years or so this troupe was on the back burner.