Monday, May 04, 2015

Know Your Babu: Sports ministry’s new joint secretary V Venu is also a stage actor

VENTURING into acting is not an easy "file" to handle, at least for veteran administrators. But newly-appointed joint secretary in the department of sports and 1990 batch Kerala cadre IAS V Venu is also an actor. It was January 2010 the then Kerala tourism secretary Venu donned the role of a shrewd contractor who tries to manipulate bureaucracy and politics! He acted in a...
Malayalam play ‘Palangal’, (bridges), an adaptation of the work of noted poet K Ayyappa Panicker. The play was staged as a part of Bharat Rang Mahotsav, a theatre festival organized by the National School of Drama in New Delhi.
Directed by D Reghoothaman and staged by Abhinaya theatres, Thiruvananthapuram, ‘Palangal’ depicted the events that surround the proposed construction of a bridge. In a way, the bridge was a metaphor for human relationships. The play was a sketch narrating the nexus between corrupt politicians, bureaucrats and contractors, and how money and muscle power take aam admi for a ride.
Venu studied medicine surgery before getting into IAS. In fact, he was an actor during his college days. But he was forced to discontinue his passion because of mounting work pressure. The actor in him resurfaced when he joined the culture department in the state of Kerala. In Central deputation,  he worked as deputy secretary in the ministry of tourism and culture in 2003-04. Later, he was promoted to a director level post, deputy director general, in the ministry of tourism in New Delhi.
As tourism secretary in Kerala, Venu also initiated a programme under which a number of Kerala’s award-winning theatre directors performed plays in UK, South Korea, Japan and Russia.
Another IAS officer (of 1994 batch) Srivatsa Krishna sang “Vishnu Sahasranamam Mantra” in Dibakar Banerjee’s film “Shanghai”, released in June 2012. Interestingly, actor Abhay Deol in that movie plays the role of a Tamilian IAS officer!


  1. Dear BOI,

    Please understand. Nobody is interested in such shitty posts about any officer. None are interested in knowing what these people do in their day to day life. Stop posting these articles called 'Know your Babu'. Who cares? Post some useful and interesting articles about officers or offices. Dont waste tour time and our time. This website has become one of the worst hypocritc sites.

  2. I think it is nice to see multi dimensional talent of people