P.C. Ramakrishna

P.C. Ramakrishna

P.C. Ramakrishna is a theatre actor and a communications professional based in Chennai, long associated with The Madras Players, the oldest English theatre group in India, as an actor and administrator. He served as its president for two decades and has acted in scores of its theatrical productions since 1969.

Ramakrishna has been instrumental in shifting the focus of English theatre in the South to Indian writing in original English or in translation/ adaptation. He recently directed Water, in translation from Komal Swaminathan's Tamil play Thanneer Thanneer.

Ramakrishna is a professional voice-over artist, who has lent his voice to documentaries, corporate films, children's talking books, and heritage films. He is one of the most recorded English language voices in India today.

Ramakrishna did his schooling in Kolkata, India, and completed his undergraduate education at the Loyola College, Chennai. Ramakrishna's early accomplishments included learning the mridangam from Palghat Mani Iyer in Chennai and Tanjavur. He played the instrument for 18 years from age 3. Instead, he joined the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and after graduation worked in the corporate sector from 1967 until voluntary retirement in 1993.

Ramakrishna worked on his first play as a director in 1969, which was also the only play he directed. Later, he played a part in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible by The Madras Players. While working in the industry, he hosted programmes on the All India Radio, and was one of the first English news readers in Indian television.

Ramakrishna's notable plays include Anna Weiss, in which he played the role of a man accused of sexual abuse by his daughter, Mercy, a monologue based on a novel by the Tamil author Sivasankari and Mahesh Dattani's Dance Like A Man.