A play fest gives a cultural high.
A three-day drama fete titled Kalabharati - A. S. Raja Naatakotsavam was organised byVisakha Music and Dance Academy last week. Out of 30-odd scripts from all over the State, 8 including two from local troupes were selected and were given Rs. 5000 each for staging them at Kalabharati. It attracted overwhelming response and all out appreciation from the houseful audience all through. The fete was inaugurated by A. S. Raja and his wife Mangala Gouri who provided fillip along with funds for the successful conduct of such events in future as well. Akella's Aambothu directed by Naidu Gopi for Gangotri of Pedakakani, highlighting the need for the united fight against rowdism, Vasireddy Sita Devi's Gaali directed by Patro for Yuva Kala Vahini Hyderabad, stressing on the need for an all out campaign against writers of fictitious and diabolical literature and Midhunam of Snigdha directed by M. Prasada Murthy for Kalaavani from Rajahmundry, depicting the sanctity of the unique longing of a wife to live longer than her husband at least for a few days more, were staged on the first day. Kiraataka Prasna script by V. Suryanarayana, direction by Pilla Sanyasi Rao, for BHPV Fine Arts, comparing the bestial way of sustenance in the ancient period with that of the current craze to become richer and richer, Prudhvisooktam of Veerapalli Veenavaani directed by V. Rajakumar for Saagari, Chilakaluripet highlighting the total lack of concern for the future in the present day process of forced acquirement of agricultural lands for the development of industry for immediate financial gains and Desaaniko Kaanuka scripted and directed by P. T. Madhav for Visakha Modern Theatres were staged on the second day. The third evening witnessed Bahuroopi of Sistla Chandrasekhar directed by K. V. Prasad for Sadgurunilayam of Guntur highlighting the neglect of traditional arts and Terenaam scripted and directed by N. V. S. Haranadha Rao of cine fame for Abhinaya Ongole unfolding the sacred attribute of universal brotherhood. All the plays, thanks to the exhibition of fair enough histrionic talent, made their watching a pleasant experience and attracted good applause. The presentation of Prudhvisooktam embellished with meaningful stage decor and aesthetic showcasing of acting talent the most refined way by all actors under the expert guidance of their director, no wonder repeatedly attracted reverberating applause. A. RAMALINGA SASTRY