Children presented a bouquet of desi tales from five states.
Ram Mohan Holagundi, known for some popular plays in English and Telugu, presented a children's drama in Telugu. The presentation, Chitti Chinnarula Kathalu, a compilation of dramatised versions of desi tales from five Indian states was staged at Ravindra Bharati.
The play was staged to pay tribute to noted theatre costumer and make-up wizard P. Babu Rao. The audience enjoyed every bit of the presentation by the children of varying ages, displaying tremendous ease and spontaneity in their act.
The ingenious ways used to change the set were made by a couple of boys with healthy pranks and mimetic skills, which was laudable. The first story was picked up from West Bengal's folk tales about a thief and an old lady.
The tale from Gujarat explains what ‘Gnanam' (wisdom) means. An impoverished young man puts his ‘Gnanam' to sale using which the ruler of the area solves many problems.
The importance of a song is narrated in a folklore form by Madhya Pradesh'.
‘Sharing' pleasure and money with others is the next subject, taken from Uttaranchal's folk tales. An intelligent and impoverished boy moves out in search of wealth. A king is building a palace but the walls are not standing firm. The boy offers to help and in the process earns ‘nidhi' and gets to marry the princess.
The fifth story is from Andhra Pradesh and is part of popular stories of Maryada Ramannaknown to resolve issues. Later, PBR art Creations gave away youth awards to T.V. and cine artiste Vinod Bala, stage and TV artistes P. Narsing Rao and Bh. Venugopala Rao and a member of Hyderabad corporation M.P. Sriramachander. Purses were also presented to makeup artiste V.R. Kumar, stage technician Surabhi Nagendra Prasad and senior stage artiste N. Raja Jayalakshmi.