Can a playwright be a sage?

It may not be inappropriate for me to strike an autobiographical note, before I start this column on theatre.

I joined Pondicherry University as the Director of the Drama School on an invitation from the dynamic and innovative first vicechancellor of the university, the late K. Venkatasubrahmanyan in 1988. The Registrar and some members of the teaching staff expressed their surprise that I accepted the post despite my three decades of academic experience as a teacher of a real subject in a reputed university! Their objection to ‘drama’ as one of the disciplines in the university curriculum was that it was not ‘honourable’.