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Event Surabhi staged ‘Srinivasa Kalyanam’ at Raj Bhavan.

‘Srinivasa Kalyanam’ by Surabhi’s Vinayaka Natyamandali was staged at Raj Bhavan recently.

The play presentation was particularly known for Surabhi’s trick works like Narada descending from above on the stage rendering a Sankeertana on Mahavishnu, then the discovery of a baby in a lotus by king Akasaraju — all very impressive.

The story is well known as it is set on the popular Sthala Purana of Lord Venkateswara.

The first artiste who appeared on the scene was Venugopal portraying the role of sage Bhrugu, who kickstarted the main story that narrates why and how Mahavishnu descended onto earth and the events that led him to marry Padmavati and how he later settled down on the hills as Venkateswara.

The presentation was packed with drama bringing into picture, characters of Akasaraju, who brings up Padmavati as his own daughter and Vakula Mata to whose hermit Mahavishnu reaches and is named by her as Srinivasa.

Among the many scenes the final scene of how Srinivasa and Padmavati get into wedlock with festivities around, was the best sequence with all the characters in the play brought on to the stage to witness ‘Srinivasa Kalyanam’.

A 40-member troupe participated in the ballet.

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