32 plays, playlets and `padya natakams' to be staged during at the weeklong festival
NIZAMABAD: The State-sponsored weeklong `Nandi Natakotsavalu' got off to a colourful start here on Thursday.
A renowned Telugu matinee idol of yesteryear P. L. Kantha Rao lit the lamp to mark the inaugural of the mega cultural festival at the Rajiv Gandhi Auditorium.
The venue, which was given a facelift in connection with the drama fete, was tastefully decorated with flowers and flowerpots besides other attractions.
There was a festive mood all over the venue with a number of artistes, drama lovers, jury members and VIPs arriving at it since morning.
Among those who attended the inaugural function included Member of Parliament Madhu Goud Yaskhi, Commissioner, Information and Public Relations C. Partha Sarathi, Collector I.S. Sri Naresh, Joint Collector G. Ramnarayana Reddy, I and P.R Director A.L. Kismath Kumar, Film Development Board Director B. Sayi and AP Telugu Akademi former Chairman and a noted writer Parchuri Gopalakrishna.
In his address Mr. Kantha Rao said as an artiste from Telangana, he was very proud as Nandi Natakotsavalu were being conducted in the region (outside Hyderabad) for the first time.
He likened the stage play to a tiger in a forest as cinema to a tiger in circus.
In stage plays, there was no scope for an artiste to correct mistakes and therefore the artiste must be very proficient.
He wished the `Natakotsavalu' a great success.
Later, staging of plays began with "Sri Krishna Tulabharam" (padya natakam) by artistes of Sri Soujanya Kala Mandali, Kadapa.
In all, 32 plays, playlets and `padya natakams' would be staged at the weeklong festival.