The lure of Chudamani

  • | Tuesday | 13th March, 2018

Presented by the Madras Players and adapted for stage by Nikhila Kesavan and directed by Ramakrishna, the play was “premiered around two years ago and has had 15-16 performances,” says Ramakrishna. It is veteran theatre person PC Ramakrishna who will be in Coimbatore later this week with Chudamani, a play based on the short stories of renowned Tamil author. “I chose five from Prabha’s translation and two others which were not part of that collection.”Kesavan admits that her introduction to Chudamani was through Ramakrishna. While Ramakrishna says it allows him to borrow from the “mother lode”, Kesavan seems doubtful how long it will continue. Ask what keeps this play going and both Ramakrishna and Kesavan talk about the “lure of Chudamani.” Ramakrishna had read Chudamani’s work in the original Tamil and when Justice Prabha Sridevan translated 25 stories into English he sought permission to adapt them for stage.

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