By Nikhil Jayakrishnan
Lokadharmi theatre group was officially registered on March 26, 1997, six years after it had begun in Kochi as an informal organisation of theatre enthusiasts. Fast forward to exactly twenty years, and Lokadharmi will open its own dedicated space on the 27th of March.
For Chandradasan, theatre director, actor, playwright and founder of Lokadharmi, the new space, located at Manattuparambu East, Vypin, brings into fruition a dream he had nurtured for years. Over the 25 years since it was formed, Lokadharmi has been an active force in fostering appreciation of theatre by staging performances and conducting acting classes, where students were acquainted with indigenous performing traditions as well as those from around the world, from the Greek and Elizabethan theatre to the modern theatre of Stanislavsky, Brecht et al. After having relied on spaces like Changampuzha Park and the Fine Arts Hall for its operations, Chandradasan will now be able to bring together all of his activities to a single venue.