Chennai dramatist Malathi Sampath to receive Vani Kala Nipuna award

Malathi Sampath

Chennai: With Krishna Jayanthi fast approaching, Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha (Vani Mahal), GN Chetty Road, is all set to celebrate by honouring dramatists with the Vani Kala Nipuna award.

One such artiste selected for this is Malathi Sampath, a dramatist with Gurukulam theatre group of T Nagar.

Speaking to News Today, Malathi says, “Way back in the late 1980s, I started acting with Indian Bank’s cultural troupe, before I joined ‘Gurukulam, The Original Boys’, founded by M Boovaragha Murthy in T Nagar, under the guidance of seasoned artiste Poornam Viswanathan.”

Under this banner, Malathi bagged several awards like best actress, character and supporting artiste from sabhas like Karthik Fine Arts during their Kodai Nataka Vizha, Mylapore Academy, Chrompet Cultural Academy, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha and more.

Her long and successful stint in theatre includes acting in plays and television serials of legendary director K Balachander.

“I had the great opportunity to be directed by KB sir in the serial ‘Shanti Nilayam’, an experience which I will never forget,” she states.

KB sir gave me an unforgettable role in his last play ‘Oru Koodai Pasam’, in which he played the role of my father. Similarly, directors like Cho Ramaswamy, Bombay Chanakya, Marina, TV Varadararajan, Bombay Kannan, Bagyam Ramaswamy, KS Nagarajan and KSN Sundar, Vadhyar Raman, Devan and others, have nurtured me all through my career by giving me varied roles, she says.

Apart from plays and tele-serials, Malathi has also performed in few short films (one of which bagged an international award) and acted in a movie ‘Satham Podadhe‘ directed by Vasanth.

“I owe all my credits to Lord Venkateshwara without whose blessings I could not have shined as an artiste. Also, I am indebted to my family members who provided me their whole-hearted support and encouragement,” she concludes.
Malathi Sampath can be reached at 98840 94927.

KB sir gave me an unforgettable role in his last play ‘Oru Koodai Pasam’, in which he played the role of my father.

G Srinivasan