joining the Madras Players as a stage-sweeper to becoming
one of India's top English Theatre Directors, Mithran
Devanesen has come a long way.
He travelled the world, picked up a Diploma in Marketing
and Advertising, and won his first gold medal in Jamaica
for the production of Julius Caesar. In 1986, Mithran
directed a Pulitzer prize-winning play called Shadow Box,
which gave theatre acting in Chennai a new style. His
famous productions include Dog's Hamlet, Brahma's Hair,
Arturo Ui, Midsummernight's Dream, Seven Steps Around the
Fire, Dance Like a Man, and This English.
has been thrice awarded the Charles Wallace India Trust
Scholarship. In the last three years Mithran has worked in
films - as an actor in a French production Blue Mountains,
as a casting director and as an actor in an Italian film
Mithran works for underprivileged children by conducting
workshops, teaching English at Corporation schools, and
sponsoring scholarships for deserving students. His family
runs an organisation called Roofs for the Roofless in 14
villages, south of Chennai.
He is the co-founder of The Spastics Society of India.
Mithran was one of the three Chennaites chosen to address
the Kargil Jawans. He is also the founder of the Bow-Wow
Club, a community based children's theatre.