S. Ve. Shekher S. V. Sekhar Born Sattanathapuram Venkataraman Sekhar Occupation actor, comedian, director, politician Years active 1974-present Spouse Uma Children Anuradha Ashwin
Sattanathapuram Venkataraman Shekhar (Tamil: சட்டநாதபுரம் வெங்கடராமன் சேகர்) (born 26 December 1950) is a Tamil playwright and film actor known best for his slapstick humor and for his public welfare initiatives. In 2006, he made an entry into politics by contesting and winning the Legislative Assembly Elections as an All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) candidate from Mylapore. In June 2009 he decided to start his own party after he had issues with AIADMK, and was expelled from the party, due to anti-party activities. In Feb 2009 he started Brahmins Association under the banner FEBAS which has not received any support from the already existing association THAMBRAAS. Contents 1 Life 2 Career 3 Filmography 3.1 Plays 3.2 Films 4 Politics 5 References 6 External links
Shekher was born Sattanathapuram Venkataraman Shekher in a Thanjavur Iyer family on 26-December-1950. He completed his diploma on Mechanical Engineering and post diploma in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. Shekher is married to Uma. The couple have a daughter named Anuradha and a son named Ashwin who has debuted in the Tamil flick 'Vegam' Shekhar was a member and later a team leader of the popular drama troupe- 'Mylapore Boys'- who have performed over 50 plays and over 100 drama skits from 1978 to 1988. Shekhar later became the president of the troupe and the chairman of the troupe (by then renamed Mylapore Nataka Arangam). Most of his later plays and television dramas include characters from his troupe and from his former plays. Shekhar and his Mylapore Boys provided stiff competition for another popular Drama troupe in Madras- 'The Crazy Troupe'- led by Crazy Mohan.
Shekher's stage career began in 1974 when he acted in his first stage play. He was spotted by director K. Balachander who cast him in his movie Varumai Niram Sevappu. After performing movie roles in around 70 Tamil films, Shekher moved into television, appearing in Vanna Kolangal and Nam Kudumbam. An expert in broadcast, sound effects and theatrics, he won the Best All India Programme Producer Award for four years in a row from RAPA (Radio & Television Advertisers & Producers Association). As a photographer, his colour transparencies have adorned the cover pages of popular Tamil magazines. Encouraged by the success of a Singapore drama tour in 1973, he formed his drama troupe, Natakhapriya, which has so far staged 24 plays, with over 4,000 shows. His troupe frequently tours the United States, Europe, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. Starting eight full length plays at one go, from 7.47a.m. to 1.49a.m. of the following day, Shekher performed a record of sorts in April 1985. While this is acknowledged an unsurpassed feat of a stage artiste in the Limca Book of Records, Shekher credits this to his audience and fellow artistes. The Mylapore Academy adjudged him "The Best Comedian" for three years in a row. Magazine Wisdom chose him as the 1990s Best Comedian, the Jaycees honoured him as The Outstanding Youth. Awards galore, the state's prestigious Kalaivanar Award, Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram's Kalai Maamani Award and Best Drama Troupe Award have only made him much more committed and devoted to the realm of arts and the society. The play Adhirshtakaaran was made into a film Krishna Krishna, with S V Shekar himself in the lead role. Taking his technical provio along with histrionics, he produced recently a unique television show, a real treat, "S. Ve. Shekher meets S. Ve. Shekher", wherein he is both the interviewer and interviewee. Some of the title accorded by Sabhas and other agencies: Drama Superstar, Comedy King, Sirippalai Chirpi, Nathaka Vasool Chakravarthy, Nagaichuvai Nayagan, Nagaichuvai Thenral, Nagaichuvai Ilavarasan aptly portray his qualities as humourist. S.V. Sekar is the best known comedian as far as Tamil dramas are concerned. He has made substantial contributions in the religious domain, particularly in Temples.
S. V. Shekar is the Ex-Member of Tamil Nadu legislative assembly elected from Mylapore constituency. He was elected as an Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam candidate in 2006 election. He had a turbulent relationship with party leadership, J. Jayalalitha. In February 2008, he rebuked the party leadership for not inviting him to a general council meeting. His commendation of M. K. Stalin, deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party evoked strong protests from ADMK party members.He was expelled from ADMK on 30 July 2009. he is currently an unattached member in the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly (not representing any political party) but is openy associating with the ruling party in his activities.
^ "அதிமுகவுடன் இனி எந்த தொடர்பும் இல்லை-எஸ்.வி.சேகர்". thatstamil.com. Retrieved 2009-06-19. ^ "AIADMK expels two of its MLAs". The Hindu. 30 July 2009. External links
Official web site of S Ve Shekher http://sveshekher.com Official blog of the MLA of Mylapore State Govt Website Brahmins Association
Sattanathapuram Venkataraman Shekher
Playwright, Producer, Director, Television, Film and Theatre artiste playing lead roles, S.Ve.Shekher is a household name with Tamil connoisseurs, popularly known for his punch, quick wit and humor. His hold over the realm of performing arts since 1974 is commendable.
Sattanathapuram Venkataraman Shekher, known as S.Ve.Shekher, is a Diploma holder in Mechanical Engineering with Post Diploma in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. He is also a Sound Recordist, Programme Producer, Still Photographer, Videographer, Editor and Director. He was the editor for the Tamil Magazine “Naradhar”
S.Ve. Shekher’s Natakhapriya so far has produced 24 stage plays and performed more than 5200 shows on stage completed 90 films in Tamil. He was the Regional Chair person of Central Board of Film Censors in Tamil Nadu. Has staged plays at all important towns, villages in Tamil Nadu and many state capitals and union territories. On invitation from Tamil population from USA, Canada, Dubai, Abudhabi, Srilanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangkok he has staged full length plays successfully. He has created history in staging full length dramas with all the members of his troupe in United States of America (Bay to East Coast) - a total of 28 shows in 32 days.
Sattanathapuram Venkataraman Shekher
PERFORMED MORE THAN 5600 STAGE SHOWS IN TAMIL THROUGH OUT THE WORLD..
MOST OF THE PLAYS FOR LIONS,ROTARY ,SCHOOLS,COLLAGES & FOR SOCIAL WELFARE ORGANISATIONS.
SHOT TELE SERIALS FOR BLOOD DONATION,EYE DONATION, JUVENILE DIABETICS.,RAIN HARVEST & TREE PLANTING.
WON ALL INDIA BEST RADIO PROGRAMME PRODUCER AWARD FOR FOUR TIMES.
BEST COMEDIAN AWARD FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE YEARS FROM MYLAPORE ACADEMY.
KALAIMAAMANI & KALAIVANAR AWARD FROM TAMIL NADU GOVT.
BLOOD DONOR FOR MORE THAN 50 TIMES.
DOING MASS BURIAL OF UNCLAIMED BODIES FROM GOVT.GENERAL HOSPITALS.
ENTERED IN LIMCA BOOK OF RECORDS FOR THREE TIMES.
CONFERRED DOCTORATE FROM AMERICAN TAMIL UNIVERSITY,WASHINGTON
TITLES : DRAMA SUPERSTAR,NAADAGA ULAGA VASOOL CHAKRAVARTHI,NAGAICHUVAI NAYAGAN, RATHATH THILAGAM,MAKIZH KALAI VENDHAN,VEDHA NAYAGAN,NATAKHA RATHNA,NATAKHA KALA SARATHY, NADAGA CHODAMANI, VANI KALA SUDHAKARA, MANITHA NEYA MAAMANI ,HASYA PRAKASA, TELUGU ACADAMY'S UGATHI PURASKAR ,VISION GUARDIAN & NAL NAGAICHUVAI ULAGA NAAYAGAN by Rotary.
S. V. Sekhar Playwright, Producer, Director, Television, Film and Theatre artiste playing lead roles, S.VE.SHEKHER is a household name with Tamil connoisseurs, popularly known for his punch, quick wit and humor. His hold over the realm of performing arts since 1974 is commendable.
SATTANATHAPURAM VENKATARAMAN SHEKHER, known as S.VE.SHEKHER, is a Diploma holder in Mechanical Engineering with Post Diploma in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. He is also a Sound Recordist, Programme Producer, Still Photographer, Videographer, Editor and Director. He was the editor for the Tamil Magazine “Naradhar” S.Ve. Shekher’s Natakhapriya so far has produced 24 stage plays and performed more than 5200 shows on stage completed 90 films in Tamil. He was the Regional Chair person of Central Board of Film Censors in Tamil Nadu. Has staged plays at all important towns, villages in Tamil Nadu and many state capitals and union territories. On invitation from Tamil population from USA, Canada, Dubai, Abudhabi, Srilanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangkok he has staged full length plays successfully. He has created history in staging full length dramas with all the members of his troupe in United States of America (Bay to East Coast) - a total of 28 shows in 32 days.
Skekhar was awarded KALAIVANAR AWARD for 1991 and ‘KALAIMAMANI’ in 1993. The Mylapore Academy adjudged him as THE BEST COMEDIAN for three years in succession; Magazine Wisdom chose him as the 1990’s best comedian; the Jaycees honoured him as the OUTSTANDING YOUTH. Some of the titles accorded to him by sabhas and other organisations are: DRAMA SUPER STAR, COMEDY KING, SIRIPPALAI SIRPI; NATAKA VASOOL CHAKRAVARTHI, NAGAICHUVAI THENDRAL, NAGAICHUVAI ILAVARASAN, NAGAICHUVAI NAYAGAN, SIRIPPUCHCHELVAN NAGAICHUVAI VEDHA NAYAGAN, VANI KALASUDHAKARA NATAKA KALASARATHY and NATAKHA RATHNA.
In 1985 he staged eight full length plays at one go (from 07.47 a.m to 01.49 a.m of the following day) and this was acknowledged as unsurpassed feat of a stage artist in the LIMCA BOOK OF RECORDS. With his technical proviso along with histrionics he produced an unique television show, a real treat, S.Ve.SHEKHER meets S.Ve.SHEKHER”, wherein he is both the interviewer and interviewee (Also Entered in Limca Book of Records). Shekher is a regular BLOOD DONAR, and donated more than 50 times. He has been a willing fund raiser for a number of campaigns by the Jaycees, Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs and several other social organizations. He has associated himself with the NIIT in their EACH ONE TEACH ONE computer literacy program.
Through his drama shekher could collect Rs. 2 Lakhs and donated the same to the Neurology department of General Hospital TO BUY RESPIRATOR Through his play, Air Cargo Club of Madras had collected Rs. 12,34,567.89 for the KARGIL WAR FUND. Also donated to the Chief Minister’s Welfare Fund at the right time Rs. 1.5 lakh for Tsunami Fund (2004) and Rs. 1 Lakh for flood relief fund (2005). Donated Two months MLA Salary for Srilankan Tamils & Nilgiri Land Slide Victims.
Dr. J. Jayalalitha had released a total of 32 Books (complete Story & Dialogue of all his stage plays, Joke Book, Answers to the Questions asked by his fans, his social Views) all in his own inevitable humorous way on 17.10.2004, which is the first of its kind in this field. In 1994 Shekher and his plays entered the website / internet field first of its kind for a dramatist. All his plays are available in the internet www.sveshekher.com.
Amercian Tamil University conferred him with DOCOTRATE for his Theatrical and Social Services. From 1995 through his Trust, SRI SUKAR PUBLIC CHARITABLE TRUST (EXEMPTED UNDER 80 G IT ACT), he is helping poor students ,Cancer Patients, Physically handicapped, Oldage Homes, Orphanages, Mentally Retarded people, and conducting Awareness programmes for Diabetes, Blood Eye Donations, Juvenile Diabetics, Animal Welfare, greening against Global warming & Doing mass burial of unclaimed deadbodies collected from Government Hospitals under ‘Serve the Dead’ Project. S.Ve.Shekher is an elected Member of Legislative Assembly Tamilnadu from Mylapore constituency. An extrovert, he easily mixes with others. Shekher is happily married to Uma Maheswari, and the Shekhers have a daughter Anuradha Shekher, a Son Ashwin Shekher and son-in-law Bharath Sundarrajan.
S Ve Shekher’s stage career began in 1974 when he acted in his first stage play. Encouraged by the success of a Singapore drama tour in August 1973 headed by Late S.V.Venkataraman, he formed his drama troupe Natakhapriya which has so far staged about a score of plays, commanding over 5200 shows. He has produced 24 stage plays. In 1991 he was awarded KALAIVANAR award and KALAIMAMANI in 1993. The mylapore academy adjudged him as THE BEST COMEDIAN for three years in succession. Magazine wisdom chose him as the 1990’s best comedian: the Jaycees honored him as an OUTSTANDING YOUTH.
Few of the titles accorded to him by various sabhas and organizations are: Drama Super Star, Comedy King, Sirippalai Sirpi, Natakha Vasool Chakravarthi, Nagaichuvai Thendral, Nagaichuvai Ilavarasan, Nagaichuvai Nayagan, Siripuchelvan, Nagaichuvaivedhanayagan, Kalasudhakara, Natakha Kalasarathy, Natakharathna
In 1985, S Ve Shekher staged eight full length plays from 7.45 in the morning till 1.49 AM the subsequent day. This feat was acknowledged in Limca Book of Records. With his technical excellence and histrionics, he produced a unique television show – S Ve Shekher meets S Ve Shekher where-in he is both the interviewer and interviewee.
Honourable Puratchi thalaivi Dr J.Jayalalitha had released a total of 32 books, complete Story and Dialogue of all his stage plays, joke book, his social views and answers to the questions asked by his fans, all in his own inevitable humorous way on 17.10.2004, which is the ultimate of its kind in this field (Also entered in Limca Book of Records). Pleased with his service to the Tamil stage and at his request, the government of Tamil Nadu has extended to drama troupes half traiff concessions for travel in government transport corporation buses. He has created amazing history in staging full length dramas with all the members of his troupe in United States of America (Bay to east coast) – in total 28 shows just in 32 days.