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Mythological treat for film goers

Suresh Krishnamoorthy
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For movie buffs: The week will start with ‘Maya Bazar' starring N.T. Rama Rao, Savitri, S.V. Ranga Rao and Gummadi.
For movie buffs: The week will start with ‘Maya Bazar' starring N.T. Rama Rao, Savitri, S.V. Ranga Rao and Gummadi.

Film lovers are in for a treat from Sunday with the a slew of mythological films that won acclaim all over the country as trendsetters, slated to be screened in the city to mark the 80{+t}{+h}year of Telugu cinema. The week will start with ‘Maya Bazaar', ‘Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam', ‘Lava Kusa', ‘Pandava Vanavasam', ‘Bhakta Prahlada' (that is the first talkie and was released in 1931), ‘Seeta Rama Kalyanam' and ‘Sri Krishna Tulabaram'. Interestingly, six of the seven have the legendary NTR in the lead role.

The mythological cinema treat is an initiative of the Kamma Sangam and Yuva Kala Vahini (YKV), a cultural organisation. At a press conference, Paruchuri Hanumantha Rao and Y.K. Nageswara Rao of the two organisations, respectively, said it was imperative for the younger generations to be told of the glory of Telugu cinema and how it portrayed art, culture, tradition and societal values.

A journalist who started work in 1961 and who completes five decades, S.V. Rama Rao will analyse the seven films, apart from telling the audience of important aspects. As if to give a glimpse of the analytical sessions, he said five of the seven mythological films were produced more than once since the year 1931. While ‘Bhakta Prahlada' was produced four times, ‘Sri Krishna Tulabaaram' was made thrice. If ‘Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam' made in 1939 and 1964 was directed by P. Pullaiah, ‘Lava Kusa' was produced in 1934 and 1963, with C. Pullaiah wielding the megaphone for both of them.

Mr. Hanumantha Rao, who owns Pragati Printers and has bagged national and international awards for excellence in quality, started his career as production manager in the Telugu film industry and is associated with several hit films. He said the Kamma Sangham in which he heads the Cultural Committee was all about service activity and giving back to society.

This year alone, he said scholarships to the tune of Rs. 50 lakh were given away to deserving students.

Kamma Sangam and Yuva Kala Vahini take the initiative of screening seven mythological films starting Sunday


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