What’s happening in Chennai

I was invited to Evam 150, a discussion forum convened by the English Theater Group Evam yesterday. The panelists were Theater Personalities P.C. Ramakrishna of Madras Players and Rajeev Chaudhry, Satyam Cinema MD Mr. Kiran Reddy, Founder of Juice Shop on Greams Road, Mr. Harris, India’s No.1 Blogger (that’s what the name board said) Kiruba Sankar and Journalist / Filmmaker Sudhish Kamath.

The discussion focussed on how to make English Theater a feasible proposition in Chennai, and how to get the new crowds in. Kiran Reddy of Sathyam Cinemas spoke practically. He stressed on the need of permanent space, continuous programmes, and widespread availability of information.

So what can Chennai Metblogs do about it?

We can help in spreading the information. There is an events page on the right hand side of this blog, but hardly anything is written there by us. What we propose is to have a daily post on what is happening in Chennai Entertainment scene on that day. We are in touch with some of the Theater groups to inform us about their events and we would put it up on the blog. Right now the Theater groups I know of are

Tamil
Koothu-p-pattarai
Kalaik kuzhu (Pralayan)

English
Madras Players
Magic Lantern
Evam
Masquerade
Boardwalkers

There surely must be manymore of them whom I don’t know. So spread the information, and ask the troupes to drop in a mail to chenthilnathan at gmail dot com. We will try to make it a regular daily post based on the information we get. It need not be restricted to theater alone. Dance, Music – anything other than movies.

11 Comments so far

  1. kamal (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 1:30 pm

    Has anybody heard some song called ‘Saroja Saamaan Nikalo’, from the movie Chennai 600028? What does this title mean I don’t understand as this is not the language of Chennai yet a song like this has been associated with this movie! Can anybody explain this concept?


  2. Chenthil (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 1:55 pm

    Hi Kamal, I understand your worry about Hindi dominating Tamil in the movie lyrics. I agree that it is dangerous to Tamil, which will die a slowly death if we don’t get together to save it. However let us wait till the movie is released before deciding on it. Probably the movie is a remake of the Telugu movie Marocharitra where Kamal (not you, the actor) the Tamilian speaks in Tamil though it is a Telugu movie. If Chennai 600028 movie is about a Tamil hero taming a Hindi Heroine we will accept it, if it is otherwise we shall conduct agitations across Chennai. Ok?


  3. vatsan (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 1:57 pm

    wat did india’s number 1 blogger say? im curious


  4. vatsan (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 1:59 pm

    chenthil, u missed theatre nisha, pavithra had written about their play earlier, and also landing stage and the annual phantomime (dunno by whom, pavithra once again had written about it)


  5. Ravages (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 2:52 pm

    Kamal. I am with you on this one. Hindi has no place in Tamil nadu. So do the other languages.
    First, we will change your name. Why do you insist on calling yourself Kamal – a sanskrit word. Change your name to Tamarai.
    Meanwhile, we will go to town, stripping everything that had north indian/hindi origins. No more Rotis, Phulkas, Naans, Tandoor for us Tamilians. Only kootanchoru and vengayam. No more lassis. No more Hindi. We will all be true Tamils


  6. Thai Radio (unregistered) on December 29th, 2006 @ 3:57 pm

    Ravages’comment is worth a reading. ;-p


  7. karthik kumar (unregistered) on December 30th, 2006 @ 6:43 am

    We are working on getting a monthly updated thteare page ready da – which will be hosted on our site – which informs regarding all plays playing across the city including dance and music stuff! This came out of that disucssion -am so glad it happened!

    Cheers


  8. kamal (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 1:58 pm

    Why are people in Chennai so obsessed with Hindi and Hindi culture I am not from Chennai I am a Tamilian from overseas however have been in Chennai for a long time. What is the big attraction I don’t understand Tamilians don’t behave this way in any other place in TN. Is is something in the water here that makes Tamilians so insecure about who they are? Soon there will be no proper Tamil in Chennai with the way people disrespect Tamil language and culture.


  9. ram (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 3:20 pm

    Kamal I agree with you on this 100% I think Chennai has too much influence from other parts of India. When the movie Tamizh M.A. comes out I think it will open peoples eyes in Chennai especially as this will show issues about Tamil language in Chennai and how it has been turned into garbage which is called Madras Bashai.


  10. Chenthil (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 8:02 pm

    KK, more the merrier. It is better for everyone if the information regarding theater is available in more places.

    Kamal / Ram – see dude, it is getting boring. How come you aren’t yet bored with your multiple identity game. You have gone to such lengths to create separate mail ids km@yahoo.com and rj2@gmail.com, why didn’t you write from two different ip adresses. Do you want me to put out your Australian IP, you troll? Atleast use anonymizer to hide your address


  11. swarna (unregistered) on January 19th, 2007 @ 1:44 am

    Hey all, promoting Tamil cannot be done by eliminating all other languages from the city. There will always be cultural influences from outside but that need not have to intimidate us. Right now, the biggest threat to Tamil and for that matter all Indian languages is English. So is eliminating English the answer ? No. Tamil should be strengthened and excessive use of English words should be avoided in Tamil either while speaking or writing.



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