Born on 8 April 1933 in Madras, Shri Alangadu Ramamurthi Srinivasan is a well-known actor and director in the Tamil theatre, cinema, and radio.
Shri Srinivasan began his career in the theatre in 1964 with the drama company United Amateur Artists, which was founded in 1952 by Y.G. Parthasarthi, one of the foremost dramatists of Tamil Nadu. Shri Srinivasan learnt the nuances of theatre from Shri Parthasarathi, taking key roles in a number of productions. In the late 1960s, he went on to direct plays for other groups as well, such as Vani Kala Mandir and the Jai Theatre. In all, Shri Srinivasan has directed seventeen plays, of which fourteen productions have survived for twenty-five years. Over a career spanning fifty years, he has acted in about forty productions which have gone through some two-and-a-half-thousand shows. Some of his famous plays are Verdict, Investment Unlimited (1958), Under Secretary (1964), Kannan Vandhan (1968), Mezhugu Bommaigal (1976), Sujatha (1973), Bhamini (1961), and Subedar Sudarsanam (1962).
For his lifelong work as a stage artist, Shri A.R. Srinivasan has been felicitated by several organizations including the Mylapore Fine Arts Club, Chennai (1991), and the Bahrain Tamil Mandram (2000). He is a recipient of the title Nataka Ratna bestowed by the Nataka Academy (2005).
Shri A.R.Srinivasan receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as an actor.