No matter what kind of playwright you aspire to be, Ramu Ramanathan has some pointers
With the Short+Sweet festival approaching, enrolling for a play-writing workshop with renowned playwright Ramu Ramanathan from Mumbai seems like a good idea. Well known for plays like Shanti and Mahadevbhai, Ramanathan is considered to be one of Indiaa��s politically conscious playwrights. In this workshop, he promises tips on how to perfect the plot, characters, time structure, words and cues. a�?Theatre is a minority art. You need to be as mad as Dario Fo (an Italian playwright) to dream theatrical dreams with exit and entries,a�? says the playwright, who believes that theatre is a habit.
a�?Sometimes a playwright needs just that one insight or one moment of madness. Then that habit can be nurtured. There are a million types of plays and as many playwrights. Some have inborn skills, others are craftsmen, and others work hard. So I guess, to each their own,a�? he says. Ramanathan is a frequent visitor to Chennai and, when in town, he makes it a point to attend a play or a rehearsal. a�?What I find most edifying is attending the election rallies of DMK or AIADMK. They are very good on the drama quotient,a�? heA� laughs. About upcoming projects, he says, a�?I hope I can write at least two plays in 2014. I wrote Postcards from Bardoli last year and a short piece called Ambu and Rajalakshmi. Some of the older plays are having a fresh run or re-runs, so lifea��s plodding on,a�? he concludes.
AtA� the Alliance FranA�aise, on April 20, 10 am onwards. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org