All Plays Indian Plays Tamil


Playwright: William Shakespeare
Director: Koumarane Valavane
Group: Indianostrum Théâtre, Pondicherry
Language: Tamil
Duration: 3 hrs


The Play

In beautiful India, where our play takes place, lives a very old demon. Sitting on his throne he feeds only on hate. He divides the world into four Varnas, “At the height of purity are the Brahmins; below them Kshatriyas, the warriors; then the Vaisyas, the merchants; and finally the Sudras, the servants. There should be a fifth category that needs to be added, of those who are totally impure to touch, the Chandalas…”An angel no bigger than a butterfly faces this eternal demon. He is Kama. The play offers the insatiable appetite of this monster with two mythical lovers, Romeo and Juliet, renaming them as Jack and Janani…


Director’s Note

Through our play we are trying to explore the caste system from the point of view of the contemporary Indian youth; how they are coping with this system, what are their aspirations, what are their values and how their being is affected by their place in a community, and the place of the community in our society. We also wish to visit the role of a community in an individual’s life and vice versa. The characters in this play are very much based on the documented lives of real people and situations. We also attempt to explore how our means of entertainment like cinema are affecting the ‘idea of love’ for our youth.


The Director

Koumarane Valavane, a Franco-Indian, left for France in his early years for his studies, and started practicing theatre at a very young age. After completing his research in Theoretical Physics he founded his own theatre company, Natya. Before returning to India in 2006, he worked for 3 years as an actor at Theatre du Soleilin Paris. With the rich experience of Contemporary Theatre gained in France, Koumarane returned home with a decision to continue exploring theatre. He met a few young people at Alliance Francaise de Madras, a small group connected by the passion to do theatre, and created Indianostrum in 2007.


The Playwright

William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the ‘Bard of Avon’. His extant works, including collaborations, consist of some 39 plays,154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.


The Group

Indianostrum Théâtre was founded by Koumarane Valavane, a French-Indian Director in the year 2007.

Indianostrum has performed at national and international festivals like Le Festivals des Francophonies en Limousin, France (September 2018), Rangashankara Theatre Festival, Bangalore (November 2018), Saarang Theatre Festival, Pune (February 2019), Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards, New Delhi (March 2019), The Hindu Theatre Festival- Chennai (August 2019), Les Journées Théâtrales de Carthage- Tunisia (December 2019). It has won Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Award 2019,  and Le Festivals des Francophonies en Limousin award, France 2018, and special jury award from the public of Théâtre de l’union for the year 2018-19.


Cast & Credits


On Stage Anjana Balaji, C. Santhosh Kumar, Dharanidharan U.,
David Salamon, G. Mani Bharathi, Mati Rajput, Priyadarshini Chakravarty,  Purisai Kannappa
Sambandan, Saran Jith, Vasanth Selvam (M)  
Scenography Savee Sathish Kumar
Scenography Assistant Manon Grandmontagne
Set Execution Joseph Bernard L.
Live Music and Singing David Salamon, Saran Jith
Costume Design Krishnapriya, K. Narendran
Light Design Jean-Christophe Goguet
Video & Multimedia Production Pascal Brazeau, NishanthVarma, Iswar Lalitha
Choreography Suresh Babu
Puppets Training K. Periyasami
Light Operator Kumar K.
Sound Operator Ruchi Raveendran
Executive Producer/Administration & Production/AV Projection Priti Bakalkar
Subtitles Operator KoumaraneValavane
Production Assistant Natarajan R.
Playwright                                                      William Shakespeare
Adaptation & Direction                                 Koumarane Valavane



Director, Indianostrum Theatre

No. 7 Romain Rolland Street, Pondicherry

M: +91 (413) 2341475/ 9820403308

E: indianostrum.theatre@gmail.com

Karnan 3
All Plays Folk Performances Tamil


Director: Kalaimamani P.K.Sambandan
Group: Purisai Duraisami Kannappa Thambiran Parambarai Therukoothu Manram, Tamilnadu
Language: Tamil
Duration: 1 hr 35 mins


The Play

After the 16 days of continuous defeat, on the 17th day, before going to war, Karnan visits his wife as it could be his last visit. His wife refuses to see him and calls him low-born. Then Karnan reveals the secret of his birth that he is the first son of Kunti and Sun god, and the eldest Pandava. His wife implores him to join their side in the battlefield. He refuses saying that it was Duryodhanan who accepted him despite his birth. In the battlefield, Karnan is defeated through Krishna’s deceit. In a conversation with Duryodhana, Karnan reveals that he has readied the weapon of war, Nagastram, to kill Arjuna, but he needs King Salliyan as charioteer to depose or challenge Arjuna in the war.


Director’s Note

Therukoothu is a traditional and popular form of folk theatre from the interiors of Tamil Nadu. Its themes are drawn from Indian mythology and epics, particularly, the Mahabharata. Its performance is a combination of three main modes of creative expression i.e. verse recital, song and dance. Not only does it serve as means of entertainment for rural folks, but also displays a ritualized trajectory of traditional human values. Rituals are meant to merge the dramatic identities of performers with viewers’ participation.


The Director

Kalaimamani Sambandan was born in 1953. He is the younger son of Kalaimamani Purisai Kannappa Thambiran and fifth generation artiste of the Purisai School of Therukoothu. He performs as lead actor in the productions. He has participated in workshops conducted in NSD, by Bansi Kaul at Gandhigram, and by Badal Sircar and Ingbor Mayor. He has conducted major workshops on Therukoothu with NSD and at a variety of venues and prestigious theatre organisations and occasions in cities including New Delhi, Pondicherry, Singapore and Colombia. He directed his group’s Therukoothu version of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s An Old Man with Huge Wings, at Bogotá, Colombia, and Bertolt Brecht’s, Caucasian Chalk Circle.  Some of his Therukoothu choreographic performances have been in collaboration with Une Chambre En Inde of Theatre du Soleil, Paris; and God has changed his name with Avanthi Meduri. He has received many national and international honours and awards.


The Group

Purisai troupe is run by a family of fifth generation of artistes of the traditional folk form of Tamil Nadu, Therukoothu, headed by Sambandan Thambiran. The group has widened the tableau of its presence by introducing contemporary, Indian and foreign works in their originally traditional repertoire from 1984 onwards. Along with Indian epics Ramayan and Mahabharata their work now spans Thenali Raman, Caucasian Chalk Circle (Bertolt Brecht), Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s An Old Man with Huge Wings in Therukoothu, and a collaboration with Theatre du Soleil, Paris in Arianne’s Une Chambre En Inde.

The group runs a school of Therukoothu in Purisai village since 2007 for all ages with an aim to prepare professional Therukoothu artistes and preserve the art form. The students are introduced to other art forms too. The group invites other art forms to perform at their eagerly awaited annual Kalaimamani Kannappa Thambiran Memorial Theatre Festival.


Cast & Credits

Kattiyakaran V. Baskaran
Duriyodhanan Kalaimamani P. K. Sambandan
Karnan Palani Murugan
Salliyan S. Muthukumar
Ponnuruvi S. Gowri
Arjunan E. Prakashraj
Krishnan V. Hariprasath
Mridangam G. Vijayan
Harmonium S. Raghupathy
Mugaveenai Elumalai
Thaalam S. Baskaran, M. Sampath Kumar
Curtain Holders S. Manikandan, K. Saravanan,
Back stage P. Sivasankaran, R. Arunachalam
Director                      Kalaimamani P. K. Sambandan


Purisai Duraisami Sannappa Thambiran

Parambarai Therukoothu Manram

No.4, Anna 5th Street, M.G.R. Nagar,

K.K. Nagar P.O., Chennai- 600078, Tamil Nadu

M: +91 9566171624, 9486171771

E: therukoothu@hotmail.com