Staff Reporter

In all, 14 playlets from different parts of the country will be staged

Jandhyala award to be conferred on noted actor AVS

Performances by film comedians will be the highlight

VIJAYAWADA: The festival of humorous playlets organised every year by Sumadhura Kala Niketan will begin on Friday at Tummalapallivari Kshetrayya Kalakshetram. In all, 14 playlets from different parts of the country, including entries from New Delhi and Kharagpur, will be staged, according to A.V. Subba Raju, president of the cultural organisation.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Mr. Subba Raju said that over 50 entries were received and screening committee had finalised 14 entries for performance. “Sumadhura Kala Niketan, which is celebrating its 36th anniversary, has been conducting this playlet festival for the past 14 years. This year the festival has acquired national status with entries coming from outside Andhra Pradesh. Popular film actor AVS will be conferred with the Jandhyala Memorial award, while Pisupati Umamaheswaraam memorial award will be given to senior stage artiste, writer and director Y. S. Krishneswara Rao,” he explained.

All are welcome

Parishath committee chairman N. Murali Krishna said though there was recession all over the world, the world of comedy had not been affected. “In between the playlets on Sunday, film artiste Raavi Kondala Rao and members of Vizag Humour Club will enthrall the audience with their rib-tickling performances. The entry is free for all. We are also planning a photo exhibition,” he said.

Sumadhura vice-president M.C. Das said that the committee had received a wide range of scripts, which were novel and different. “There are spoofs on television serials and sequences between wife and husband in a humours manner.”

Organising secretary P. Mohan Ram Prasad said that each playlet team would be paid a remuneration of Rs. 10,000, double the amount paid last year. “Performances by film comedians Kallu Chidambaram, Jayaprakash Reddy, AVS and Raavi Kondala Rao will be the highlights of this year’s event,” he said.

Welfare activities

Explaining the welfare activities of the organisation, Mr. Subba Raju said that 30 students of economically backward artistes were paid scholarships and 20 poor senior artistes were being given old age pension every month.

The festival will unfold on Friday evening 6 p.m. with the performance of “Mandujana Sukinobhavanthu” by Bhimavaram-based Gurazada Kalaniketan. Mayor M.V. Ratna Bindu will be the guest of honour, while film comedian Sutti Velu and others will be present.