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E. Kumaravel - An MA in Theatre from Pondicherry University, theatre artist, movie actor, gifted scriptwriter and is one of the founding member of the group. His roles in Abhiyum Naanum, Payanam and Gauravam received rave reviews. He conceived the opening show of the first Chennai Sangamam with Paul Jacob and was the director of the opening show of the second. He has travelled to China showcasing folk forms and has written the Chettinad plays for the 7 years. He brings his restless energy toMagic Lantern.

Hans Kaushik - A founding member, Hans is sculptor and a painter who brings his gentle sensitivity to stage. He’s a versatile actor equal at ease in Tamil and Hindi as in English. He is fantastic with children and they love him as he takes them through his workshops.

J. Jayakumar - A brilliant actor whose enormous training and work won him the Sanskriti award in 1998. His intense yet stylish performance had him essaying difficult characters like Mahatma Gandhi, the dashing hero of Ponniyin Selvan, Don Juan, Caligula and Richard III with panache. He is the director of all Chettinad Plays.

Krishna Devanandan - With her training in Bharathanatyam, Krishna has been a leading dancer in Indian contemporary dance. She has worked with renowned contemporary dancer Chandralekha and has performed around the world. Her passion for acting has lead her to acting in theatre as well as film. She is also trained in martial arts and is an accredited Yoga teacher. Krishna, along with Pasupathy, designs and conducts a large part of the physical training for the actors. Krishna is in charge of communications and press relations.

Lawrence - Lawrence is one of the most experienced actors of the troupe. He draws his training from the his years as lead actor of the Koothu-p-pattarai. He’s known for his tight, quiet portrayals. Lawrence also supervises the technical part of the play in the lighting and electrical department.

M. Pasupathy - Tall and imposing, Pasupathy is one of the premier actors of the Chennai stage, he is also a star artist in films. He has travelled to Europe and South America imbibing their arts. He has worked with Kamal Hassan, Rajnikanth, Mani Ratnam and Nasser among the leading directors. His extraordinary skills as a performer draw upon his knowledge of folk theatre, dance and the martial arts. He has won awards from the film industry in 3 languages he has acted in. The Kerala Critic award, Nandhi award from Andhra and Kalaimamani from Tamil Nadu.

Pravin - He is a founding member having professionally trained in theatre at the Strasbourg school of Theatre, France. Having directed ‘Don Juan’ and ‘Caligula’ for Koothu-p-pattarai, Pravin went on to direct ‘Wings and Masks’(contemporary dance), ‘Fables’, ‘Jeremy’, ‘Veshakkaran’, ‘Mashali Mohalla’ and ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ for Magic Lantern. He has been a vital part of many theatre and artists symposiums in Europe and theatre forums in India. He is also a painter who has showcased his art in the Indian capital.

T. Balasaravanan - Our mainstay lighting designer is a non-linear editing professional. He’s known for his sharp and sensitive lighting. With doctorate on the semiotics of lighting, he teaches lighting at the Pondicherry University Department of Drama. Bala, as we call him, is the Technical director of our events and festivals.

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