History of Indian theatre

Sanskrit theatre

The Tamil Meaning of “Kalarasana” is “Kalai Rasipathu” i.e., enjoying all art forms. This organization was formed way back in 1977 on Ganesh Chathurthi day with the noble objective of supporting all Indian art and music forms. Kalarasana originated from Triplicane, Chennai a place which is well known for stalwarts like Tamil Thata “UVE Swaminatha Iyer”, mathematics legend Shri.Ramanujam and Mahakavi Bharathiyar.

Swami Vivekananda too stayed in Triplicane when he visited Chennai. Friends from all walks joined together in the formation of Kalarasana. The Inauguration of Kalarasana took place at Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha Hall till 1977 and from 1978 onwards were with Kalaivanar Arangam Kalarasana shifted its venue to Rani Seethai Hall when the Hall was opened at the Heart of Chennai, Mount Road. Until the time Kalarasana moved into Rani Seethai Hall, it was supporting dramas and cinemas. However the proximity to the Carnatic Music close by motivated Kalarasana to start hosting Carnatic Music Festival in the so called December Music Season.

Music lovers from all over India thronged the venue and gave an overwhelming reception to the new music festival. The doyen of Carnatic Music Shri.Lalgudi Jayaraman lit the lamp for the first Carnatic Music Festival of Kalarasana. Since then Kalarasan has crossed many milestones. Kalarasana is the one and only cultural organization that felicitated many artists from both drama as well music fields. Kalarasana is the first organization that celebrated when Janaki Amma got the National Award. Ace comedian Shri Pandu had made several memontos for Kalarasana when he was running the business. When Thanneer Thanneer drama by Komal Swaminathan was put up in Kalarasana it was attended by an enthusiastic and august gathering that included stalwarts like Late K.Balachandar, Bharathi Raja and Muthuraman.

Kalarasana is the only cultural organization that fulfilled the 3 art forms as defined in Tamil literature; Iyal, Isai and Nadakam. On many occasions Kalarasana had organized dramas right from morning 9:00 am to night 10:00 pm. As the Kalarasana’s founding fathers grew old, one of the present Trustee Shri.K.V.Nagarajan took upon with him the responsibility of carrying the initiative forward. He co-founded a trust called “Kalarasana Culturals” towards this objective with the philanthropist T K Sreedhar, CMD of SP Group of Companies. With vast experience gained over the number of years Shri.K.V.Nagarajan is sure to go into the history of Indian arts and music as one of the patrons who worked selflessly.

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