South Indian Cultural Association (SICA) is organising a 2-day Tamil Drama Festival on 21st & 22nd April, at Ravindra Bharathi. Two comedy plays - Madhava Kesava and Swadeshi Iyer - directed by Y G Mahendra will be staged on the 2 days.
Today, the inaugural day, Madhava Kesava will be presented by United Amateur Artists. Two constables - Madhava and Kesava - are posted at a village, but have no work to do there as no crime takes place. They spend their time playing cards and doing odd errands for the villagers. A problem arises when one day a visiting youth is murdered. The villagers accuse the constables of doing that just to retain their jobs and their jolly life.
Police higher-ups are about to take serious action when Madhava volunteers to book the culprit. How he solves the case is the drama. YGM as Madhava, Melarventhan as Kesava, Typist Gopu and Nagalakshmi of Kolangal fame are all there to entertain you with two hours of uninterrupted laughter.
United Amateur Artistes, the oldest among Tamil theater groups active today, was founded in 1952 by the doyen of Tamil theater, late Y G Parthasarathy, along with his writer-director-actor friend Pattu, and is currently looked after by YGP's son Y G Mahendra. UAA has to its credit more than 5,500 performances so far, and is the most widely travelled Indian group internationally, having been to Malaysia, Singapore, USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Denmark, Paris, Bangkok and London.
Y G Mahendra has acted in about 250 Tamil films since his debut in 1970, and his latest movie Kandaswamy released this year. He has directed many TV serials and plays. He was awarded the prestigious Kalaimamani by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu in 1983, and the Andhra Pradesh Govt Nandi Award in 1992.
Entry is free for members. For others, there are donor passes of Rs. 100, Rs. 50 & Rs. 25 per head. Please contact R Chakrapani at 2742-5374/98491-24675 or V Ramachandran at 92461-61420 for further details.