Velvi has been promoting playwriting/production and training in playwriting.

Velvi organized two theatre festivals in Madurai and has also published plays under the programme Velvi Books.


PLAYS PRODUCED:

I TOUCHED THE RAINBOW

A play about a young man in Autism spectrum disorder and passionate about music learns the tough way about love and man and woman relationship. This play speaks of how people in the spectrum behave and how some interventions can help them. The play can be performed on stage and it can also be a televison production Any one interested in staging the play may contact ram@velvi.org

AGNI (1998)
A dance-drama based on the concept of Fire as a universal element. Choreographed by Bala Nandakumar, Agni outlines the discovery of fire and the scientific revolution that has lead us up to the nuclear missiles. Agni is passion for freedom, women’s liberation and individual salavation through the invoking of the Fire within us.

Agni was performed at Hotel Taj Garden Retreat in 1998, Velvi Theatre festival at Madurai in 1998 and at Kanchipuram theatre festival in 1999. Directed by Parasuram Ramamoorthi.

 

SILAPATHIKARAM (1999)
A mother tells a story to her son. The classical epic Silapathikaram has been re-visited as a narrative of a woman to her son. She narrates the story of Kovalan , Kannagi and Madhavi to her son. A dance-drama choreographed by Bala Nandakumar, songs by Dr.Ponnammal and directed by Parasuram Ramamoorthi.

Silapathikram was commissioned by Hotel Taj Garden Retreat for the Millenium Celebrations and was first perfomed on 31 December 1999 and subsequently at Fatima College,Madurai and to a group of Tamil teachers from Singapore in Dec 2004.

 

HEY PARASHURAM (1999)
A remaking of the story of Parashuram, one of the avatars of Vishnu, exploring the relationship between Mother and son and also the male-female within one’s self.

The play featured in the Velvi Theatre Festival in 1999 and later at the Bharat Mahotsav, New Delhi in 2000. The play has been published by Velvi Books.

 

KOHINOOR
Set in London, the play celebrates Life and the joy of living. TC Caroll calls it the "reversal of the Raj". The Kohinoor restaurant in London, the Kohinoor Diamond from India and myths related to diamonds are fused into Oriental eroticism in the play. The play is a sexual comedy in a multicultural society where one could experience the Dance of Life.

 

VANAPRASTHAM (2003)
A remaking of the story of Kunthi from The Mahabharata. Narrated in first person, the play reads like an interview. The play erases calendar images created by earlier televison serials, plays and it is contemporary. There is no meaning in war, Kunthi declares. When this was played at the University of East Anglia, Norwich in 2003, there were reverberations from the Iraq war. The play demonstrates that all wars are the same and women’s problems allover the world are same. The play is also an example of how reminiscence could help us to cope with stress and depression.

 

IT'S ALL A GAME OF DICE
It’s All a Game of Dice, published by Asha Publishers, Harihar, is another Mahabharata play performed in Karnataka and Tamilnadu. The meaning of war, the meaning of marital relationships are set against the background of one man’s refusal to wear the mantle. Bhishma’s vow costs a human race. Is the individual’s vow more important than the country? This question is debated in the Play.

LES DÈS SONT JETÉS: Parasuram Ramamoorthi’s play ITS ALL A GAME OF DICE tranlsated into French by Jean-Louis DEGROISSE, Théatrix, Paris and Sudha Renganathan, Department of French, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India.

ITS ALL A GAME OF DICE is a leap back into the history of Hastinapour, an explosive moment in the early part the great epic The Mahabharata. I have used it as a springboard and I have not followed the Epic closely. My interest lies elsewhere, the meaning of our Epic to our times.’ - Parasuram Ramamoorthi

« Le titre nous fait penser aussi non seulement à l'incident célèbre du Mahabharata, où Youdhisthir risque et perd tout, y compris sa femme Draupadi, dans un pari; mais aussi au prononcement d'Einstein que Dieu ne joue pas au dès.»
- Ralph YARROW, University of East Anglia, Norwich,
ENGLAND in the preface LES DÈS SONT JETÉS.

 

MACBETH
Shakespeare’s Macbeth in the political context, directed by Dr. Parasuram Ramamoorthi, received international acclaim. Set in the disturbed , unsettled political climate in India, when horsetrading and switching loyalties was the code of the day, the Scottish play reminded Indian audience of the political changes happening in the 90s in India. An Intercultural production with Indian Music and costumes, the play established that “every Macbeth will have a Macduff”. Indian folk live music and chants provided the right ambience for the open air performance.

 

HAYAVADANA
Girish Karnad’s Hayavadana at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan with the mixed cast of Asians, British actors proved a visual feast. The idea of Body/Mind dualism was captured in the setting and the ritualistic process of performance was much talked about and debated. The settingof a temple and the Narrators, a male and female narrating the story of Devadatta and Kapila and the Man with a Horse’s Head were interesting stories to the western audience.

 

 
 
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