P. C. Ramakrishna

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P. C. Ramakrishna
Occupation Voice artist, Theatre actor
Years active 1964 – present

P. C. Ramakrishna is a veteran theatre actor and voice artist based in Chennai, India.[1] He has acted in several plays, such as Anna Weiss, Dance Like A Man, The Good Doctor[2] and provided voice-overs to numerous advertisements, documentaries and corporate shows. He has been a member of the English theatre group The Madras Players since 1969.[3]

Biography[edit]

Ramakrishna did his schooling in Kolkata, India, and completed his undergraduate education at the Loyola College, Chennai. Ramakrishna's early interests included learning the mridangam – an ancient Indian percussion instrument – and he trained under Palghat Mani Iyer in Chennai and Tanjavur. He played mridangam for 18 years since the age of 3 and was considering making it a profession, but was discouraged by low wages for musicians.[1] Instead, he joined the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and after graduation worked in the corporate sector from 1967 until voluntary retirement in 1993.[4]

Career[edit]

Ramakrishna worked on his first play as a director in 1969, which was also the only play he directed. Subsequently, he auditioned for the play The Crucible by The Madras Players, a role which he eventually got.[1] While working in the industry, he hosted programs on the All India Radio, and was later approached by the Doordarshan.[4] Ramakrishna was one of the first English news readers in Indian television.[5]

Ramakrishna's notable plays include Anna Weiss, where he plays the role of a man who is accused of sexual abuse by his daughter, Mercy, a monologue based on a novel by the Tamil author Sivasankari[6] and Mahesh Dattani's Dance Like A Man.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
1994 May Madham Sandhya's father
1993 Thiruda Thiruda
1995 Karuppu Nila

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Muthalaly, Shonali (February 27, 2010). "Active voice". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Varma, Shreekumar (January 25, 2004). "Theatre of Passion". The Hindu Sunday Magazine. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Lehry, Batool Aliakbar (January 4, 2008). "High on drama". Business Line. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Dattatri, Sanjay. "Interview with PC Ramakrishna – Documentary Narration and Voice-overs". Jobs By Ref. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Age of Innocence". The Hindu Sunday Magazine. 25 October 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Sankaranarayanan, Vasanti. "Review". Narthaki. Retrieved 27 October 2010.