Pammal Sambanda Mudaliar

I crave your permission to make a reference to Shri Pammal Sambanda Mudaliar who is the recipient of the Akademi Award for Stage Acting for the year 1959. I very much regret that owing to his very advanced age it has not been possible for him to make the long journey from Madras and to be present before you in person. Shri Sambanda Mudaliar started his career as a Stage Actor towards the end of the last century. He is today the oldest and best-known actor and playwright of the Tamil Stage. He has written about 85 dramas and has played the leading role in many of them. He took a prominent part in founding the Saguna Vilas Sabha, a premier amateur dramatic association of Madras in 1891, and he continues his association with it as its president. He has been associated with a number of dramatic, educational and charitable institutions. He was a representative of Tamil on the Council of the University of Madras and a member of the Senate of the Annamalai University. He has contributed greatly to the revival and reform of Tamil Dramas during the first quarter of this century. He has trained a number of talented actors. He was honoured with various titles by the Govern- ment, the Corporation of Madras, the Madras State Sangeetha Nataka Sangam and other important public bodies in recognition of services as the foremost actor and playwright of the Tamil stage. The President of India has been pleased to confer on him the title of Padma-Bhushan this year. For his pre-eminence in acting and for his life-long devotion and service to its cause, I pray, Sir, that you may be pleased to grant him recognition as Stage Actor of the Year and award to him a brocade Angarastram, a lotus- embossed leaf in gold and a Sanad in token of that recognition.