The handful of college friends that started Sundaram in 1957 may have been a little hesitant, but their goal was clear.
Founder member, dramatist, actor Manoj Mitra recalls: "We knew we wanted to do something different. Bengali theatre had then reached stagnation point, we wanted to stir it to life again."
With Mitra on that first evening of August 15, 1957, were late Partha Pratim Chaudhury, Prasanta Bhattacharya, Dulal Ghosh and others. Soon many more came to be associated with the group.Luminaries from various fields contributed to its productions, the likes of Kali Banerjee, V Balsara, Gyanesh Mukhopadhyay, Tapan Sinha, Tapas Sen, Aparna Sen, Hoimanti Shukla and countless others.
At 55 with many new members Sundaram has an awesome history of immensely popular original productions. Directors like Ratan Thiyam, Rajinder Nath and Mamanul Rashid have reproduced some of these plays.
Sundaram's current repertoire has some fifteen plays written and directed by Manoj Mitra each offering a fresh perspective to the socio-economic problems of our times. Sundaram has also organised regular workshops, seminars and play reading sessions.
Sundaram has won many, national and state-level, governmental and non-governmental awards and has, more importantly, won the support of countless theatre lovers.
- West Bengal Natya Academy Best Production Award 1990 for Alokanandar Putrakanya
- Asian Paints Siromoni Purashkar for Best Production 1990 for Alokanandar Putrakanya
- West Bengal Natya Academy Best Actor Award 1995 for Galpo Hekim Saheb
- Asian Paints Siromoni Purashkar for Best Production 1995 for Galpo Hekim Saheb
Sundaram has performed with equal success in prestigious urban and rural festivals.
Sundaram was invited by the Sangeet Natak Akademi for the Desh Parva festival conducted by the Ministry of Culture during the Commonwealth Games.
Sundaram's Ja Nei Bharatey at Sri Ram Centre on October 6, 2010 at the Shri Ram Centre, Delhi, was greeted with a standing ovation. We were able to cut across linguistic barriers by providing English subtitles in power point.
Sundaram was invited by Impresario to perform Ja Nei Bharatey and Sajano Bagaan in Delhi on November 13 and 14, 2010.
Sundaram was invited by the ICCR to give cultural performances in Bangladesh from November 26 to December 3, 2010 at the Ananda Jagya, Mini India Festival. Sundaram's Ja Nei Bharatey was performed on November 28 at the National Theatre Stage and again on December 1, 2010 at Chittagong.
Sundaram performed at Toronto at the Banga Sanskriti Sammelan in 2008 and in UK IN 2010. Sundaram was invited to Agartala for the Fifth Secretariat Recreational Club and at Allahabad Roopkatha theatre festival in 2012.
Sundaram is also one of the selected groups for Theatremotion project which will see it performing in Delhi, Mumbai and other major metros in 2013.
Sundaram has performed in Shillong, Hyderabad, Mumbai and participated in theatre festivals in Dacca, Jessore and Chittagong.
- Sajano Bagan at Shri Ram Centre, Delhi 1978.
- Mesh-O- Rakshash at Gandhi Auditorium, Delhi, 1982, sponsored show.
- Sajano Bagan at Chennai, 2000, EZCC sponsored.
- Sajano Bagan at Multi lingual Theatre Festival, 2000, in Bhubaneswar, sponsored by Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre.
- Parabas, Sajano Bagan and Alokanandar Putraknaya at Habitat Centre, Delhi, 2001, hosted by Impresario India.
- Ranger Haat and Galpo Hekim Saheb at Satya Sai Auditorium, Delhi, on April 7 and 8, 2007, hosted by Impresario India.