SICA (South Indian Cultural Association), in its golden jubilee year now, is presenting 2 popular Tamil comedy dramas at Ravindra Bharathi. Veteran writer and dramatist Koothapiran, and his troupe, will be performing Jeshtakumara and Abadhbhandhavan, on 21st and 22nd January, respectively.
On the 21st of January, the troupe is enacting 'Jeshtakumara', a humourous family-oriented story of the 2 sons of a couple, Jayashree and Radhakrishnan. While the elder son, Srikanth, who has a brilliant academic record, bags a job in the US and supports his parents financially, the other boy Chandru, falls in bad company. Chandru becomes a source of trouble and worry for his parents, who find it difficult to make him mend his ways. Soon, Chandru is sent out of the house, and his parents declare that only Srikanth is their 'Jeshtakumara'. Whether Chandru really changes his character and becomes a lovable son, forms the rest of the story.
To many who have witnessed Tamil theatre in the 70s or in the 80s, Koothapiran is a name synonymous with humour and comedy. That in his long career spanning over 50 years, he has acted in as many as 5,000 shows, is indeed a rare feat and a commendable achievement. Recipient of numerous awards and titles, the latest being 'Nataka Kala Bhushan' in Dec 2008, Koothapiran is a living legend on the Tamil stage. The prestigious 'Kalaimamani' title from the Tamilnadu Government was conferred on him in 2002, and 'Sanmarga Prakasa Mani', by His Holiness, the Pontiff of Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt.
Please contact Chakrapani at 98491-24675 for further details.