The Telugu Kala Samiti of Kuwait (TKS-K) to honour Telugu drama writers has recently organised a national-level competition for Telugu playwrights, who have settled in different parts of the country. In all, 59 entries were received. The entries were judged by noted stage actor from Ongole Rayapati Aashirwadam and stage expert from Hyderabad Gundavarapu Subbarami Reddy.
Stage and film actor S.K. Mishro wondered as to how Visakhapatnam could be called the ‘cultural capital of AP’, when most of the ancient auditoria were put to disuse. Barring Kalabharathi auditorium, there were no other proper venues for staging plays. He said that stage plays reflect reality and appealed to the public to patronise the same and contribute to the survival of the art.
Popular actor Kallu Chidambaram appealed to the government to promote stage plays. He said the plea for construction of an auditorium for staging plays at the Old Central Jail site went unheeded and underlined the need for good auditoria in the city. Trade union leader V.V. Rama Rao and stage actors K. Vijayalakshmi and P. Sivaprasad were present.
Kalasamiti coordinator Y.S.K.N. Swamy said that the objective of the Kalasamiti was to promote Telugu art and culture. The first prize was bagged by Chunduru Sriram Murthy of Kakinada for his play ‘Sphoorty’, the second prize went to K.G. Venu of Visakhapatnam for his ‘Ananda Taandavam’ and the third prize was bagged by Raavinutana Prem Kishore of Hyderabad for his ‘Kaadi’. The consolation prizeswent to Raavinuthula Bharadwaj (Prakasam district), Bharatula Ramakrishna (Tanuku) and Tulasi Balakrishna (Hyderabad).