Ibrahim Vengara - From a struggling life to an award winner
Kannur: ‘I looked at myself when in my 80s during the pandemic and respected myself for being beyond what I could be. I'm my favourite playwright.' This year's SL Puram Sadanandan Award winner Ibrahim Vengara humbly claims himself to be the number one playwright.
“In front of my eyes is a 12-year-old beedi maker who ran away from home because he was beaten up at home for watching a play. After spending four years in Coimbatore where I was wandering around the Madras Moor Market with stinking trousers, I recovered from that trash. I met AKG by chance and got a job at Gemini Circus Company. Later in Mattancherry. Meanwhile, I became a dramatist. Looking back, it seems my life and myself is a play,” Vengara said, still active in writing and reading at the Muttom house.
I have not received the SL Puram Award because of the pandemic. Of all these awards, I remember fondly receiving the All India Radio Drama Award in 1989 and 1992 in Delhi. Despite being an uneducated fellow, the Government of India gave me an award twice. Kozhikode 'Chiranthana Theaters' introduced me to the world of professional drama, he said.
Ibrahim Vengara who has worked in over 50 radio plays and 25 stage plays, was in the process of the play 'Avadhoothan' during the beginning of the Covid times. The recording of the song has been completed. About 60 actors were selected. But the rehearsal could not begin.