PONNIYIN SELVAN DRAMA REVIEW

Swetha Shanmugam July 19, at 9: There is greed, there is valour, there is sacrifice. To script a play that has captured the imagination of so many people all over the world, is very difficult. What if the series has been marked off as a tale too grand and expensive to bring on celluloid? Sundara Chozhan also seems to be battling a few demons of his own. Ponniyin Selvan , a play based on the historic novel by Kalki Krishnamurthy , was brought to the Coimbatore stage on Thursday by Chennai-based theatre group Magic Lantern. Printable version Feb 25, 5: Well, until Ajay Entertainers took up the subject.

Some from my college were provided with free passes on the first day of the play. What an evening it was! I had a few concerns on the play but still it was a really good effort Serialised by the legendry journalist and author, Krishnamurthy, in his magazine, Kalki, the plot popped out of the pages week after week from to , catapulting the circulation to dizzy numbers. At the end of four hours, the full house was on its feet and clapped in appreciation. Ponniyin Selvan is a five-volume historical Tamil novel, set during the Chola Dynasty, one of the three most illustrious with the other two being the Pandya and the Chera Empires. His script is crisp, up-to-the-point and rightfully disposes of characters who are not part of the main plot.

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Reviw us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by marking them offensive. After all, the Tamil stage has a rich past in this field.

Pravin, who directed the play had a firm grip on the selvaan number of characters on the stage, which was designed by Thotta Tharani. The plot revolved around the confusion in the Chola empire about who should succeed emperor Sundara Chozhar played by Vishwanathan Rameshwho is ill.

After a successful run in Chennai and Madurai, the team had landed in Coimbatore and staged three houseful shows on 3 rd4 th and 5 th of July ponhiyin Corporation Kaliarangam. It still remains a dream. Read Post a comment.

Mythologicals and historicals are staged but the occasions are few and far between. Yes, a pitfall of Ponniyin Selvan can be its length, and although it may be herculean to abridge five volumes reallyI did find some scenes stretched and languorous. There is greed, there is valour, there is sacrifice. Featured Today In Travel. Of course, the audience did see Vandhiya Thevan on stage as they laughed and clapped in appreciation of his antics -both mischievous and playful. And it turned out to be an absorbing affair, at Raja Annamalai Manram, recently.

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Romance also blooms between Arulmozhi Varman and princess Vanathi, Kundavai’s friend.

I am sure the script writer, Elango Kumaravel would have faced the dilemma of what to keep and what to eliminate from the original novel. Then, there are a few assassins from the Rveiew empire who want revenge for the killing of their emperor Veerapandian. There is vivaciousness, there is spiritedness, there is colour and there is some extremely melodious music by Paul Jacob.

Making history

We have sent you a verification email. They deserve more appreciation in the sheer amount of work they put across. There is love, there is romance and there is sexual coyness. Dayal lights up the stage and seamlessly moves from act to act. I’m quite grateful that I was one among them.

Music by Alex enhanced the proceedings. Swetha Shanmugam July 19, at 9: All Comments Your Activity. People used to wait with bated breath for reviww novels serialized in Tamil weeklies for several years, just like how we wait to catch an episode of our favourite soap now.

I hope more people take to reading Kalki’s works after seeing this one of a kind play!! A talented, fiery team from Chennai based production company SS International and theatre group Magic Lantern have pulled off the incredible ponniyiin of bringing it to the Stage. Man kills daughter for romancing cousin. Ilavarasan’s kin pay tribute on anniversary amid mild tension.

And yes, there were a few lines that got selgan in the throat, and sadly the women characters with the exception of Gayathri Ramesh made little impression on me.

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Ravi of Brahma Gana Sabha approached me for dates. As Narasimha Pallavar, Natanasabapathy carried himself with the majesty one associates with the ruler. July 10, Kumaravel did the stage adaptation and in the play was performed in open air here. What if the series has been marked off as a tale too grand and expensive to bring on celluloid?

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Contact and He uses his wile and intelligence to bewitch women and smuggle into palaces messages on dry palm leaves from Karikalan to his father and sister, Illayaprati Kundavai Preethi Athreyaand finally from her to Arulmozhi Varman or Ponniyin Selvan, who is fighting a war in Sri Lanka. Hats off to them!

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No one in theatre dreamt of the mammoth task, till a bunch of artistes with Magic Lantern dared to do so. Ponniyin Selvana play based on the historic novel by Kalki Krishnamurthywas brought to the Coimbatore stage on Thursday by Chennai-based theatre group Magic Lantern.

Efforts like this need the support of patrons and sabhas to keep the historical link alive.

Please Email the Editor. Such was the integrality of Selvan and his story. Serialised by rebiew legendry journalist and author, Krishnamurthy, in his magazine, Kalki, the plot popped out of the pages week after week from tocatapulting the circulation to dizzy numbers. Unforgettable in the truest sense.

An all-rounder of sorts, Mallik Raj also takes care of lighting and music. For long, it has been a dream of most filmmakers to make the novel into a movie. Ponniyin Selvan, a play based on the historic novel by Kalki Krishnamurthy, was brought to the Coimbatore stage on Thursday by Chennai-based theatre group Magic Lantern.

More shows selvsn planned in other cities. Geetha Venkataramanan adds the background details Historical as a genre has almost become a thing of the past on the Tamil stage.

Please Email the Editor. Mallik Raj has been in the theatre circuit for two decades, writing social scripts since Submit Please enter a valid email address. Printable version Feb 25, 5: