S. Murugaboopathy



Born on 2 April 1971 in Kovilpatti in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu, Shri S. Murugaboopathy belongs to a family of writers. An M.A. in Drama and Theatre Art from Pondicherry University, Puducherry, Shri Murugaboopathy has also completed his M.A. in Tamil Literature, besides M.Phil. and PhD in Drama from Tamil University, Thanjavur. He has also received training in various branches of the performing arts such as the traditional theatre form of Therukoothu from Purusai Kannappathambiraan. Shri Murugaboopathy also plays musical instruments such as the Didgeridoo, the Kokkarai, and the flute. He is presently working as a drama teacher in TVS Metric School, Aaviyoor, Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu since 2003.
Shri Murugaboopathy's association with theatre began in the year 1986 when he acted in the play Halla Bol directed by him for Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers Association, Kovilpatti. He wrote and directed his first play titled Kalvi for Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers' Association, Kovilpatti, in 1986. Shri Murugaboopathy has so far written and staged more than 16 major plays, out of which 7 have been published also. Some of his most prominent plays are Soorpanangu (2012), Mirugavithusagam (2010), and Sarithirathin Atheetha Museum (1994). A well-known director, Shri Murugaboopathy has written more than 30 plays for children, almost all of which have been staged.
Shri Murugaboopathy is the recipient of a senior fellowship in theatre arts from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. His collection of seven plays, Koondhal Nagaram, has been adjudged Best Book by the Tirupoor Tamil Sangam.
Shri S. Murugaboopathy receives the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for the year 2011 for his notable talent in playwriting in Tamil.