The cast of Sri Ramanuja at Namadwaar.

Indian historical play on March 4

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The cast of Sri Ramanuja at Namadwaar.

The cast of Sri Ramanuja at Namadwaar.

Houston theater group, Meenakshi Theaters, in association with Pearland-area nonprofit, Global Organization for Divinity, will present an Indian-themed historical play on the life of a famous Indian saint, “Sri Ramanuja.” The unique play, commemorating 1,000 years since the saint’s birth, will be presented on Saturday, March 4 at Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts Center, Building 15, San Jacinto College South, 13735 Beamer Road, Houston TX 77089. Social hour, refreshments and seating will begin at 3:30 p.m.

India is a land that has given birth to great philosophers who have helped nurture rich spirituality, culture, social awareness and upliftment of the human race. Sri Ramanuja is one such celebrated saint, philosopher, theologian and leader who did much for society. He is considered to be one among the foremost Indian spiritual preceptors. Born in 1017 AD in southern India, Sri Ramanuja struggled through many challenges in his 120 years of life, and yet stayed firm in true knowledge, and in his deep, unswerving faith and devotion to God. His life is one that is filled with a number of divine, interesting incidents, some of which will be portrayed in this play.

The play is directed by Dr. Kas Saranathan, a cardiologist and passionate veteran director and actor, whose Meenakshi Theaters has been producing theatrical plays in Houston for the last 30 years. The script for this presentation has been historically researched and written by Mr. Chandramouli, a prolific writer who has written numerous plays of various genres for Meenakshi Theaters for over 8 years. The 35+ cast drama will feature several Meenakshi Theaters veteran actors as well as a few debut performers from the Houston community.

The play will be in the Indian language of Tamil, but as it depicts the life events of a great historical personality who has touched the lives of people around the world, it can be appreciated by audiences of all cultural backgrounds with an interest in Indian history, culture and spirituality. A booklet with information on the saint’s life will also be given to all attendees.

Ticketing levels are at $20, $50 and $100. Children under 12 receive free entry. Donor/VIP passes with preferred seating are also available for donors. Proceeds will go towards the construction and remodeling of Global Organization for Divinity’s prayer house, Namadwaar, in the Pearland area. To buy tickets online visit www.godivinity.org or call 281-402-6585.

This project is supported by a City of Pearland cultural arts grant through the Pearland Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

The weekend of March 4 and 5 will also mark the 7th anniversary celebrations of Houston Namadwaar Prayer House. Global Organization for Divinity and sister organization, Love to Share Foundation America (LTSF), have planned a few community events for the occasion. School supplies will be donated to EC Mason elementary school of Alvin ISD and LTSF’s “Body, Mind and Soul” initiative will conduct a “Walk with a Doc” community 1K walk/run sponsored by Texas Medical Association. Contact 281-402-6585 for more information.

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