In this age when multiplexes and hi-definition television have redefined viewing experiences, the age-old theatre continues to hold sway.
This was amply proved by the multitude of people who thronged the Venkateswara Vignana Mandiram, where a three-day playlet competition was held by Guntur Kala Parishad ended on Sunday.
The playlets were marked by the diversity of social themes and the practical solutions offered to the people.
The first playlet which was performed was ‘Siri', performed by Nagarjuna Kala Parishad, Kondapalli.
Written and directed by P.N.M. Kavi, it was sponsored by Pitchi Reddy in memory of his father Bhimavarupu Veera Reddy.
This was followed by ‘Chenchulakshmi,' performed by Saraswati Natya Mandali, Nellore.
On Saturday, a playlet titled ‘Dharithri Rakshiti Rakshita' was performed in memory of Kondepudi Srinivasa Rao by Gurumithra Kala Samithi, Repalle.
Parishad vice-president Nayudu Gopi and secretary Kolla Venkata Krishna Rao and Gummadi Nageswara Rao outlined the salient features of the three-day event during the inaugural.
This was followed by staging of ‘Antha Branthiye', (the whole thing is delusion) by Ganesh Arts Theatres, Guntur, highlighting the illusion and emptiness pervading modern times. This was followed by Abhinaya Ongole, ‘Talangu Takadhimi'.
On Sunday, a playlet titled, ‘Sambhavami Padepade' was performed by the New Stars Modern Theatre, Vijayawada.
In the meeting which followed, Praja Natya Mandali president Nalluri Venkateswarulu, former MLA Eedara Hari Babu, Parishad honorary president Alokam Peddabbaiah spoke.