Theatre

Gripping mythological

A scene from the play.  

But for plays written on Mahabharata episodes, rest of mythological themes, appear to have taken backseat more because of lack of opportunities or absence of able performers. Breaking that stalemate, Savera Arts from Kadapa presented last week at Ravindra Bharati Bhakta Markandeya, also called ‘Maha Gnani Markandeya’.

This is one of the pristine and rare themes that go to nullify the powers of Lord Yama, by Lord Siva, who blessed the childless couple Mrukanda Maharshi and his wife with this child. And the very Lord Siva stops Yama from taking the life of the boy in final scenes saying he was his devotee born with his blessings.

The play is loaded with verses and almost all the artistes displayed excellence in their rendition. Stage work was marked by some trick scenes, well handled by Surabhi crew. The title role was played by Mallu Bharadwaja, who looked perfect in that role and his ability to deliver Sanskritised text in dialogue and verse form was interesting. Obulesu Yadav and R. Saradavani played his parents Mrukanda and Marudwati. V. Subba Rayudu as Bhrugu Maharshi, C.V. Krishna Reddy as Vasishta, Gangadhar as Narada were in the opening part of the drama and Narada’s presence was there all through. In the brief role of Yama Dharmaraja, S. Naganna made a fearful appearance. The play was written by Palleti Kulasekhar an experienced hand. Nagamuni was in the prime role of Lord Siva and suited it well. Alluri Venkatayya directed the play that already won many awards including state government’s Nandis. This staging was organised by Akhila Bharata Padmasali Sangham.

Y. Krishnmurthy on harmonium and Y. Anjaneyulu on tabla gave good support to the vocalists. Balagangadhara tilak lent playback singing.


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