I present to you, Sir, Shri Singanallur Venkataramana Iyer Sahasranamam. Born in 1913 at Singanallur, Madras State, Shri Sahasra- namam was drawn to the professional stage at the age of 12 and worked with touring theatrical companies for over two decades. Shri Sahasra- namam is known for the portrayal of some mythological characters such as Karna and Yudhishthira. He founded his famous theatrical group, Seva Stage Nataka Sabha, in 1952. Apart from acting, Shri Sahasranamam has also directed plays and his troupe is credited with new and experimental work in Tamil theatre. Shri Sahasranamam received the Madras Sangeeta Nataka Sangam award for acting in 1960. For his eminence as an actor and his contribution to the Tamil theatre, Shri Sahasranamam receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting.