Theatre Twelve short plays with various themes were presented at the state-wide four-day drama festival
‘Akkineni Nageswara Rao Nataka Kala Parishat’ launched 18 years ago, held a four-day long state-wide drama festival at Ravindra Bharati, where 12 short plays were featured. Yuva Kala Vauhini’s Y.K. Nageswara Rao organised this festival with the financial support of industrialist and philanthropist Saripalli Kondala Rao, who is also Parishat’s president.
Each of the participating play production units was given Rs. 10,000 to meet their production expenses whether they win or lose. The chosen best production was to receive an addition of Rs. 15,000 and a trophy. The second best was to receive Rs. 10,000 and a trophy as well. There were awards for performers, directors and script writers as well. The jury was comprised of Vanga Narasimha Rao, B.Vedayya and K.G.Venu.
Srikaram staged by Sri Sai Arts of Kolakaluru of Guntur district won the best production award. The play was about the current trend of boy and girl falling in love and eloping with no second thoughts. Written by Bhavani Prasad and directed by Goparaju Vijay, this play won the award purely for its message and dealing with contemporary social conditions.
This play also won best playwright and best actor awards to Bhavani Prasad and Goparaju Ramana respectively.
Bhoomi Gundrangavundi (Earth is Round) staged by Kalanjali won second best production award also treads the same track of girl’s preferences regarding marriage. It’s written by Akurati Bhasker and directed by Kolla Radhakrishna. Malladi Sivannarayana was awarded best character award for playing a crucial role of Srisailam in this drama. The other award winnrs were M.S. Chowdari for his handling of production Sambhavami Pade Pade , its direction and also technical support; Surabhi Prabhavati, as best actress in Lifeline and B. Ganesh as the best villain.