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Modern theatre also reached the other states in the south by the beginning of the 19th century. Ramashankar Roy, Basanta Kumar Mahapatra and others were the pioneers of the Odisha Theatre. In Tamil Nadu, the early exponents of theatre were Prof. Sundaram Pillai, Sankardas Swamigal, Sambananda Mudaliar and others. In the recent times, V. Gopalakrishnan won the respect and admiration of the audience and his fellow artistes for his talent. Along with Suchalatha Reddy and Thambi Kadambavanam, Gopi had started the Madras Players troupe in 1952 under the auspices of the British Council and had acted in quite a few English plays.  He also founded the Gopi Theatres in 1971, which staged nearly 30 plays, which included Nittham Oru Yuddham.  

The Malayalam theatre began as an offshoot of Tamil theatre. Ochira Velukutty, Thoppil Bhasi and N.N.Pillai are among the contributors of Malayalam theatre. Manipuri theatre has been benefited a lot by the traditional folk dramas and modern theatrical techniques of Ratan Tiyam. In the current times, the dynamic duo of Crazy Mohan and Maadhu Balaji has produced several comedy plays under the banner of Crazy Creations.  Some of their plays are Allaudin and 100 Watts Bulb, Kishkinda Kaandam, Marriage Made in Saloon, Return of Crazy Thieves, Beware of Maadhu, Middle Class Murder,  Madhil Mel Maadhu, Oru Babyin Diary Kurippu and Maadhu MLA.

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