Theatre: A playlet with a strong social message was presented. P. SURYA RAO

A thought-provoking playlet was presented by Vijayawada Cultural Academy was presented as its monthly programme at Velidandla Hanumantaraya Grandhalayam. The programme was inaugurated by Manepalli Lakshmikumari, vice president of State Arya Vysya Mahila Sangham.

The subject of the social playlet was how the craving for awards and shields is demeaning the standards and ethics of the drama field, as well as the dignity and quality of the Parishat festivals. The story also stressed that the Parishats should by encouraged. The powerful script written by late Peesapati Umamaheswaram was efficiently directed by P. Bramhananda Rao. Admirable performances came from Arla Reddy, Nandagiri, K.Syamprasad, K.Mallikharjuna, S.S.Varma, S.Jaganadha Rao and Hasini.

Musical talent

Swarajhari Sabha of Vijayawada presented a vocal concert by Divi Prameela who hails from Vizianaram and is a disciple of Vidwan Malladi Suribabu. She got her M.A. in music with distinction and won several awards in many prestigious competitions. Recently Prameela was awarded the first prize in the state-wide competitions conducted by the Abhyudaya Foundation of Kakinada.

Her concert began with Saveri varnam followed with Parvathi Kumaram of Dikshitar in Natakuranji and finished with fine kalpana swaras. Next she sang Manasuna, a rare keertana in Begada. Peela took up Poorvikalyani as the main piece of the concert. She did ample justice to the keertana of Ramanadhapuram Srinivasa Iyengar with her sumptuous raga elaboration and good kalpana swaras.

Prameela showed good diction and fidelity for tradition. Though too many items were squeezed into the concert, the total effect was satisfactory. Another highlight was the detailed delineation of Abheri for Bhajare Re Manasa. Towards the close Prameela sang Ramapahi, a divyanama keertana of Thyagaraja and a thillana in Khamas. She was supported by G. Satishbabu on violin and B. Sureshbabu on the mridangam.