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About Koothu-P-Pattarai
 
OUR ORIGINS
We, Koothu-P-Pattarai (KPP), are a contemporary Tamil theatre group founded in 1977 by Sangeet Natak Academi winner and playwright Mr N Muthuswamy. We provide our actors with training in acting, folk dance, martial arts, yoga and music. Our theatre language incorporates elements of dance, folk theatre, improvisation using mime, music and martial arts creatively so that space, movement and choreography become as important to the action as literary content or dialogue.
 
UNESCO BURSARY
We have been functioning as a full time Tamil theatre repertory since 1987. The UNESCO has identified us as one among the five learning centers for theatre and from 2000 to 2007, under the ASCHBERG program, we have hosted one student for three months every year coming from any part of the world to study and teach theatre. At present, UNESCO is redesigning this program for all its centers and thus we are hoping that we would continue our association with them.
 
INTERACTIVE CENTER OF THEATRE PERSONALITIES
We have invited prominent theatre people from India and the world over who have conducted theatre workshops for our actors and also directed many of our productions. Some of them are Prof. S. Ramanujam - NSD, Mr Kanhaiyalal - NSD, Mr Bansi Kaul – NSD, Mr Anmol Vellani - IFA, Mr John Martin - England, Ms Ingeborg Mayer - Germany, Mr Vincent Roche - France, Ms Nelia Veksel - Germany, Mr Gil Alon - Israel, Mrs Ruth Avishay - Israel and many other prominent Indian and International theatre professionals.
 
SUPPORTED BY MINISTRY OF CULTURE
We are grateful for the support it has received from the Ministry of Culture – Government of India, Ford Foundation, India Foundation for the Arts, the Alliance Francaise and Goethe Institute of Chennai.
 
OUR MAJOR THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

We have over 60 major Tamil theatrical productions to its credit. A few of the prominent ones are mentioned below:

  • England (1989)
  • Conduct of Life (1991)
  • The Last Five Seconds of Mahatma Gandhi (1993)
  • Macbeth (1996)
  • Nallaval (2001)
  • Chandrahari & Padukalam (2002)
  • Prahalada Charithram (2003)
  • Panchali Sabatham (2004)
  • Naarkalikkarar and
  • Five Short Stories (Katha Collage)
  • Six Characters in Search of an Author (2005)
  • 10 Short Stories (Tell Tales)
  • Paramaartha Guru (2006)
  • Woyzeck (2007)
  • Tenali Raman (1999 and 2008)

Besides these, we have produced several street plays on socially relevant subjects like Women’s literacy, Mother and Child Care, Waste Management, TB Prevention, AIDS Prevention and Care, Rain Water Harvesting, Tsunami etc.

 
PROMOTION OF FOLK ARTS

We have been responsible popularised the percussion instrument known as Thudumbu used by the tribals on the slopes of Nilgiris. Thudumbu performance has been much sought after in the city by schools, functions of corporate houses, etc.

KPP has been taking great efforts in promoting folk arts of Tamil Nadu especially Theru-k-Koothu. It has brought to light Peenachi, the pipe music of Irula tribes and Thudumbu and Parai, folk percussion instruments.

 
ACTING COURSE & WORKSHOPS

We have been conducting a 3 month actor training course twice a year since 2006. This course has gained immense popularity among people keen on taking up an acting career.

We also regularly conduct theatre workshops for school children, college students and corporates.

 
ASSOCIATION WITH NGOS AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
We at Koothu-P-Pattarai are honored to have been associated with organizations such as APAC, REACH, VHS, Tamilnadu Traffic Police, Deenabandupuram Higher Secondary School, Sankalp School, Madras Diabetes Research Center, Action Aid, Isha Foundation, Lady Andal School, Maduram Narayan Center, Swarnammal Educational Trust and various other NGO’s who continuously work to make our world better.
 
KOOTHU-P-PATTARAI IN 2008
WE ARE A MULTIFACETED CULTURAL INSTITUTION WORKING TO CREATE WORLD CLASS TAMIL THEATRE AND WHICH PROPOGATES THEATRE AS A MEDIUM FOR CREATING AWARENESS ON SOCIALLY RELEVANT ISSUES AND AS A TOOL FOR PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT.
 

Email, Call or write to us:

Koothu-p-pattarai,
No. 16/58, 3rd Main Road
Sri Ayyappa Nagar,Virugambakkam,
Chennai – 600 092, India
Phone : 91 44 – 65373633
Email : kpp@vsnl.com , koothuppattarai@yahoo.com
Website :
http://www.koothu-p-pattarai.org


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