Na Muthuswamy
Died (aged 82)
OccupationArt director
AwardsSangeet Natak Akademi Award

Padma Shri Na Muthuswamy (1936 – 24 October 2018) was the art director of Tamil folk theatre group Koothu-P-Pattarai, which is based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu in South India.

Muthuswamy has been described by The Hindu as "the master of the avant-garde".[1] Muthusamy also made his first film appearance in Vaazhthugal (2008).[2]


Muthuswamy first achieved prominence as a result of the play "Kalam Kalamaga", which has been described as the "first modern play in Tamil".[1]
He won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award from the Government of India for year 1999. He was awarded as Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award by the Government of India in 2012.[3]

He died on 24 October 2018 at the age of 82.[4]


  1. ^ a b Santhanam, Kausalya (28 November 2008). "Master of avant-garde theatre". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 2 December 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  2. ^ Toto (26 September 2016). "Koothu-P-Pattarai's Na Muthusamy in Seeman's film". Cinesouth. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  4. ^ Staff (24 October 2018). "Renowned playwright and theatre artist Na Muthuswamy of Koothu-p-pattarai fame no more". The News Minute. Retrieved 24 October 2018.