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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2736

Veteran actor S Ve Shekher honored

New York, 08 November, (Asiantribune.com):

Noted Tamil film and stage actor S Ve Shekher was honored in Bay Area for his service to the film and stage by Prof. George L Hart, distinguished professor of Tamil at the University of California, Berkeley. He presented the title "Nataka Ulaga Nayagan" (King of drama) to the veteran actor. The event was organized by Geekay, a Cupertino-based theater group and Maniram.

Professor Hart, a world renowned indologist, was responsible for inaugurating the Tamil department at Berkeley. He has studied Latin and Greek as well as several modern European and Indian languages. Hart is best known for his translations of several Tamil epics into English and for asserting that Tamil should be classified as a classical language. In 2004 the Indian Union Cabinet recognized Tamil as a classical language.

Playwright, Television, Film and Theatre artiste playing lead roles, Shekher is a household name with Tamil connoisseurs, popularly known for his punch, quick wit and humor since 1974. Encouraged by the success of a Singapore drama tour in that year, he founded his own drama troupe Nataka Priya which has so far produced 24 stage plays and performed more than 5900 shows He has toured US, Canada, Dubai, Qatar, Abudhabi, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand to stage plays. In the US he created history in staging full length dramas with his own troupe 28 shows in 32 days apart from performing his mega hit plays with the local talents at Washington ,New Jersey, Los Angeles, Seattle and Philadelphia which is first of its kind.

Shekher made his debut in film in 1980 with K Balachander’s Varumayin Niram Sigapu and since then has acted nearly 90 films. In the US he created history in staging full length dramas with his own troupe 28 shows in 32 days apart from performing his mega hit plays with the local talents at Washington ,New Jersey, Los Angeles, Seattle and Philadelphia which is first of its kind.

He was the Regional Chair-person of Central Board of Film Censors.

He popularized eye donation, blood donation, juvenile diabetes through his innumerable stage plays. Shekher was awarded Tamil Nadu Government's prestigious Kalaivanar Award in 1991 and Kalaimamani in 1993. American Tamil University conferred him with doctorate for his Theatrical and Social Services. Shekher is a regular blood donor having donated more than 50 times and raised funds for the good cause with the help of Jaycees, Lions and Rotary Clubs.

He was also elected as Member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly.

- Asian Tribune -

Veteran actor S Ve Shekher honored
Veteran actor S Ve Shekher honored
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