S. Ramanujam

Born in 1935 in the village of Nanguneri in Tamil Nadu, Shri S. Ramanujam took a Master’s degree in English before obtaining his diploma in drama from the National School of Drama in Delhi in 1967. He then worked as a Lecturer in Fine Arts at the Rural University in Gandhigram up to 1977, moving thence to the School of Drama at Calicut University, where he was Assistant Director till 1985. In his final assignment as a teacher, Shri Ramanujam was Professor and Head of the Department of Drama at Tamil University, Thanjavur, where he served up to 1995. Together with his work in the sphere of the theatre education, Shri Ramanujam has worked all through as a director on the stage, with over fifty productions to his credit in Tamil and Malayalam. He has also produced a few plays in Telugu, Hindi, and English. Karuththa Deivathe Thedi in Malayalam, Variattam in Tamil, and a Telugu version of Bhasa’s Urubhangam are counted among his major productions. Shri Ramanujam has also worked actively to promote the children’s theatre in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, revive traditional performances such as Thapuattam in Thanjavur, and reconstruct the lost temple theatre form of Kaisikapurana Natakam. He has written a dozen plays and adaptations, published several books on the practice of theatre in Tamil and English, and contributed numerous papers and articles to seminars and periodicals. Among other honours, Shri Ramanujam was conferred the Professor Sankara Pillai Award by the institution Rangaprabhath in 2001. He was elected a Fellow of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy in 2002. Shri S. Ramanujam receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as a director.