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THEATRE

TheatreFirst, it was the cinema. Then came the TV. The Tamil theatre is almost defunct. But that does not tract anything from the brilliant creativity of those colourful personalities who made signal contributions to the Tamil stage. If the 40s and 50s belonged to Swami Shankaradas, Pammal Sambanda Mudaliar, awab Raja Manickam Pillai who gave a judicious variety of socials and mythologies, the 60s and 70s belonged to the comedy kings. Mouli’s “Flight 172”, one of the finest comedies of that period is remembered for at least two reasons: the way it had the audience in splits from beginning to end and the number of times it was staged (over 300 times both in India & overseas) and telecast in almost all popular channels.

Kalakendra.com : November 5, 2005, 2:21 pm