Tamil theatre veteran Na. Muthuswamy dies aged 82

Na. Muthuswamy (Image: The Hindu)

The 82-year-old veteran thespian passed away due to age-related ailments

Highlights

• Muthuswamy was pivotal in nurturing an alternative Tamil theatre movement in the state
• He gained prominence in 1969 with ‘Kalam Kalamaga’ a play that has been regarded as one of very first modern plays in Tamil.
• Muthuswamy was awarded the Padma Shri in 2012 and the Sangit Natak Akademi Award in 1999

Veteran theatre personality Na. Muthuswamy, founder of the avant-garde theatre group ‘Koothu-p-pattarai’, died in Chennai on Wednesday. He was 82 years old.
The group he founded is known for plays centered around modern, contemporary themes and the members incorporated several aspects of folk theatre, martial arts, mime and choreography to depict social issues and transformation.

Muthuswamy who was born in Punjai moved to Chennai, then Madras, in the late 1950s. He then founded Koothu-p-pattarai in 1977 and by 1987, it began functioning as a full-time Tamil theatre repertory. Between 2000 and 2007, Koothu-p-pattarai was identified by UNESCO as one among the five learning centres for theatre.