P. C. Ramakrishna

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

P. C. Ramakrishna is a veteran theatre actor and voice artist based in Chennai, India.[1] He is renowned for his role in several plays, such as Anna Weiss, Dance Like A Man, The Good Doctor[2] and has 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

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 1963 until voluntary retirement in 1993.[4]

Career

Most of the documentary narration work that I do is dull as ditch water. For example, tell me how many people are interested in the details of installing a boiler?

—P. C. Ramakrishna in interview to JobsByRef, [4]

Ramakrishna worked on his first play as a director in 1969, which was also the only play he directed. Subsequently he was 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 Dance Like A Man where he depicts the ageing of a man with the change of a shawl.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c Muthalaly, Shonali (February 27, 2010). "Active voice". The Hindu. http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/metroplus/article114461.ece. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Varma, Shreekumar (January 25, 2004). "Theatre of Passion". The Hindu Sunday Magazine. http://www.hindu.com/mag/2004/01/25/stories/2004012500390500.htm. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Lehry, Batool Aliakbar (January 4, 2008). "High on drama". Business Line. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/life/2008/01/04/stories/2008010450020100.htm. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Dattatri, Sanjay. "Interview with PC Ramakrishna – Documentary Narration and Voice-overs". Jobs By Ref. http://www.jobsbyref.com/career-advice/interview-with-pc-ramakrishna-documentary-narration-and-voice-overs-106. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Age of Innocence". The Hindu Sunday Magazine. 25 October 2009. http://www.hindu.com/mag/2009/10/25/stories/2009102550300400.htm. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Sankaranarayanan, Vasanti. "Review". Narthaki. http://www.narthaki.com/info/reviews/rev267.html. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 

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