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Austin Honors G. Anantha Iyer

G. Anantha Aiyer is the Founder of Tamil Stage Creations

G. Anantha Aiyer is the Founder of Tamil Stage Creations

By Thara Narasimhan

AUSTIN: The Kala Bramha Award was presented to G. Anantha Aiyer of Houston, Founder of Tamil Stage Creations. The celebrated playwright, dramatist, musician and connoisseur of fine arts was recognized by Austin based Kalalaya Productions. This award is to recognize the significant contributions of key individuals who have led live theater performances in North America. The institution honors the stalwarts who have contributed to the Performing Arts for more than 15 years of dexterity to present their stage show.

Anantha is the pioneer of the Tamil Theater Arts in Houston. With an uncanny ability to write plays he incorporates music and dance that are centered within it and he showcases the best of Houston talents. He motivates amateur actors as well as seasoned artists to be part of the play. Anantha has been involved in Tamil Drama from his very early years in Madras and acted with Tamil Drama veterans Pattu and Y.G.Parthasarathy, of United Amateur Artistes and later formed his own troupe the Madras Stage Artist. For over 35 years he has been writing, directing and presenting plays in America. The Nataka Academy in Chennai, in association with the Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha and the Brahma Gana Sabha, felicitated Anantha in 2005. Many well-known celebrities, prominent musicians and the secretary of the Federation of City Sabhas paid rich tribute to his extraordinary talent.  A few of his plays have been picked by producers to present it on the silver screen. He was the first to venture into a mega monumental production “Washingtonil Thirumanam” for television and many artistes from Chennai visited the U.S. to participate in it.  The serial telecast by Doordarshan in 1996 won the Mylapore Academy award for best TV serial that year. With his philanthrophic nature he contributed generously to stage plays to benefit fund raising for Sri Meenakshi temple in Pearland. Always welcoming friends and the drama group to their house Padma and Anantha are excellent hosts and very hospitable in nature. Recently Anantha celebrated his 80th birthday with scores of friends and family and exceptional planning by his loving daughter Luckmi Anantha and Jay Aiyer, their spouses, grandchildren and numerous friends.

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