promotion of Sanskrit dramatic activities

Samskrta Ranga

THE SAMSKRITA RANGA

ABOUT ORGANISATION

The Samskrita Ranga, Madras, is an organization founded for the promotion of Sanskrit dramatic activities. Its activities include the production of Sanskrit plays on the stage, as well as on the radio, research and publication in the field of Sanskrit Drama, and lectures and expositions relating to Sanskrit and allied theatre forms in India and South East Asia.

Although the Ranga as such was founded on 16th November, 1958 on the occasion of the First All India Kālidāsa Festival at Ujjain, it is really a continuation of the work that had been already going on in Madras in the presentation of Sanskrit plays. The first production of the Ranga was the Mālāvikāgnimitra of Kālidāsa which was performed by its Members on 26th November, 1958 at the First All India Kalidas Festival at Ujjain where the Ranga had also in subsequent years produced the two other plays of Kālidāsa. Its production of Abhijñānaśākuntalam at Ujjain was acclaimed the best for the year and it got also the Trophy for the best production at the Fourth All India Kālidāsa Festival. The Ranga had taken its Mālāvikāgnimitra to Delhi also, for the Summer Drama Festival where, before the then Vice President Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, the play was produced along with another short play called Punarunmesah, written by the President of the Ranga.

Timeline

List of Dramas Staged

  • Mālavikāgnimtra of Kālidāsa
    - Kālidāsa Festival, Ujjain on 26-11-1958.
    - Bhopal on 27-11-1958.
    - 33rd Conference of Music Academy, Madras on December 1959.
    - Under the auspices of the College Dramatic Activities co-ordinating Council of the Madras Natya Sangh at the Congress Grounds, Teynampet, Madras on 03-3-1960.
    - In the Summer Drama Festival under the auspices of Song and Drama Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Talkotora Gardens, New Delhi on 10-5-1960.
    - All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi on 11-5-1960.
  • Snusāvijaya of Sundararājakavi (1841- 1904 C.E.)
    1st Anniversary of the Ranga held at YMIA, Mylapore on 29-11-1959.
  • Vikramorvasīya of Kālidāsa
    - Kālidāsa Festival, Ujjain on 03-11-1960.
    - 34th Conference of Music Academy, Madras on 04-1-1961.
  • Bhagavadajjukīya of King Mahendra Vikrama Pallava
    - Second Annual Day under the joint auspices of Samskrita Ranga and Madras Natya Sangh held at Museum Theatre, Madras on 15-12-1960.
    - Indo-French Cultural Festival of the East-West Week at University Examination Hall, Madras on 17-12-1960.
  • Natir Pūjā of Tagore translated into Sanskrit by Dr. V. Raghavan
    Under the auspices of Madras State Tagore Centenary Committee at Museum Theatre, Madras on 02-9-1961.
  • Abhijñānaśākuntalam of Kālidāsa
    - Kālidāsa Festival, Ujjain of Kālidāsa on 22-11-1961.
    - Polytechnic Hall, Bhopal on 23-1-1961.
    - 35th Conference of the Music Academy, Madras on 05-1-1962.
  • Mālatī Mādhava of Bhavabhūti
    - Museum Theatre on 29-6-1962.
    - 36th Conference of Music Academy, Madras on 05-1-1963.
  • Vimukti by Dr. V. Raghavan
    Vth Annual Day of the Ranga at Dharma Prakash, Madras, Madras – 7 on 01-12-1963.
  • Āgamadambara of Jayanta Bhatta
    For the Drama Training Course of the Madras Natya Sangh at Museum Theatre on 22-1-1964.
  • Svaśrū Vijaya of V.K. Subrahmanya Sastri
    Theatre Workshop Programme of Madras Natya Sangh Drama Training Course on 17-12-1965.
  • Palāndumandana of Harijīvana Miśra of Jaipur
    - do - on 12-5-1966
  • Madhyamavyāyoga and Dūtaghatotkaca of Bhāsa
    - do - on 05-12-1967
  • Anārkalī of Dr. V. Raghavan
    Dr. V. Raghavan Sastyabdhapoorti Celebrations, at Chennai on 01-09-1968
  • Vikramorvasīyam of Mahākavi Kālidāsa
    at Kalidas Samāroh Ujjain and Chennai in 1969
  • Mudrārāksasam of Viśākhadatta
    at Chennai on 28-03-1971
  • Anārkalī of Dr. V. Raghavan
    International Sanskrit Conference at New Delhi on 30-03-1972
  • Karupūracaritabhāna
    at Chennai in the year 1974
  • Avimārakam of Bhāsa (All women cast)
    International Women’s Year Celebration on 10-01-1976
  • Navagrahacaritam of Ghanaśyāma
    at Chennai on 26-03-1978
  • Āścaryacūdāmani of Śāktibhadra
    at Chennai on 21-05- 1981
  • Padmaprābhrtaka of Kātyāyana
    at Chennai on 30-10-1981
  • Karnabhūsana of Anūrupa
    on 01-11-1981
  • Mahākavi Samagama and Śiva Tandava Stotra (Vocal Rendition)
    All India Vedic Convention at Chennai 06-02-1983, 07-02-1983, and 08-02-1983.
  • Abhijñānaśākuntala of Mahākavi Kālidāsa (Select scenes)
    at Chennai on October 1984
  • Vimukti of Dr.V. Raghavan
    at Chennai on 10-09-1987
  • Kundamālā of Dinnaga
    at Chennai on 11-09-1987
  • Kundamālā of Dinnaga
    at Chennai on 02-01-1988
  • Anārkalī of Dr. V. Raghavan (Select scenes)
    at Chennai on 22-08-1989
  • Svapnavāsavadatta of Bhāsa
    at Chennai on 23-08-1989
  • Vālmīki Pratibhā (Sanskrit adaptation of Ravindranath Tagore’s Bengali play – translated by Dr.V. Raghavan
    at Chennai on 21-11-1990
  • Āścaryacūdāmani of Śāktibhadra
    at Chennai on 26-01-1991
  • Āścaryacūdāmani of Śāktibhadra
    at Kalidas Samāroh, Ujjain on November 1992
  • Abhijñānaśākuntalam of Mahākavi Kālidāsa
    - at Chennai on 26-03-1994
    - at Kalidas Samāroh, Ujjain in the year 1994
  • Abhijñānaśākuntalam
    at Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai in the year 1994
  • Abhijñānaśākuntalam
    at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in the year 1995
  • Valmikī Pratibhā
    at KSRI Golden Jubilee, Chennai in the year 1996
  • Anārkalī
    at Bharat Kalachar, Chennai in the year 1997
  • Anārkalī
    at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in the year 1997
  • Abhijñānaśākuntalam
    at Malayalee Club, Chennai in the year1997
  • Anārkalī of Dr. V. Raghavan
    at the Xth International Sanskrit Conference, Bangalore in the year 1997
  • Vikramorvasīyam of Mahākavi Kālidāsa
    - at Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai in the month of December in the year 1999
    - at Kalidas Samāroh, Ujjain on 19-11-1999
  • Vikramorvasīyam
    at Chennai on 27-11-1999
  • Vikramorvasīyam
    at Chennai on 19-12-1999
  • Valmikī Pratibhā
    at the 40th Session of AIOC, Chennai on 28-05-2000
  • Mālavikāgnimitram of Mahākavi Kālidāsa
    at Chennai on 22-11-2002
  • Mālavikāgnimitram
    at Kalidas Samāroh, Ujjain in the year 2003
  • Mālavikāgnimitram
    at Chennai on 28-03-2004
  • Valmikī Pratibhā
    at K. Chandrasekharan Centenary, KSRI on the month of September in the year 2004
  • Excerpts from different Plays
    "50  years of Madras Players" at the British Council, Chennai on the month of March in the year 2004
  • Mattavilāsa Prahasana of Mahendra Vikrama Pallava
    at the Samskrita Ranga Anniversary, Chennai in the year 2005
  • Āścaryacūdāmani of Śāktibhadra
    at Samskrita Ranga Anniversary, Chennai on 19-11-2006
  • Anārkalī of Dr.V. Raghavan
    at Samskrita Ranga’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations, Chennai on 23-08-2008

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About The Samskrita Ranga

The Samskrita Ranga, Madras, is an organization founded for the promotion of Sanskrit dramatic activities. Its activities include the production of Sanskrit plays on the stage, as well as on the radio, research and publication in the field of Sanskrit Drama, and lectures and expositions relating to Sanskrit and allied theatre forms in India and SouthEast Asia.

Dr. V. Raghavan – Contribution to Sanskrit Drama and Dramaturgy

Dr. Raghavan’s interest in fine arts began, as mention earlier, right from his very early age, when he grew up in his maternal uncle’s house in Tiruvarur engaging himself in Bhakti poetry, elevating Bhajana traditions, and enlightening Harikatha expositions.
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Samskrita Ranga – The Torch Bearer Of Sanskrit Drama

Every Indian classical art form flourishing today derives its theory and practice from the rich source material available in the medium of Sanskrit language. More so for the evolution and development of fine arts and its varied branches in India, this glorious language and its literature have provided the solid base.

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