Theatre

Message driven play

A scene from the play  

S rikaram is a short and sweet play, nailing its message into our mind. This play was staged at Tyagaraya Gana Sabha last week to celebrate noted theatre personality Duggirala Someswara Rao entering into his 80s.

Srikaram means ‘a beginning' by lovers who are intending to elope. Neeraja and Pradeep, both typical cases, elope that leads to the death of Neeraja's mother out of shock and caused pain to her father. Days pass by and Neeraja, a working woman, gets pregnant. On the presentation side, the stage set had two portions, one occupied by the couple and the other by girl's father Rammohan .

Pradeep starts playing hide and seek, despite occasional verbal parleys with Rammohan. He sees to it that Neeraja and her father don't see each other. Pradeep's paternal uncle, responsible for bringing the lovers together into wedlock, enters the scene later. Off and on he was seen arguing with Rammohan on the issue of love marriages and elopements. A pregnant Neeraja starts missing her father. To fulfil the ritual of taking the blessings of parents, she approaches her elderly neighbour. Almost when Rammohan is about to place akshintalu' on Neeraja, he suddenly realises that this girl is his daughter.

He withdraws from blessing her as he holds his daughter responsible for her mother's death and bringing ignominy to the family. He decides to leave the place despite her apology. Pradeep and his uncle also fail to convince Rammohan to pardon Neeraja. Rammohan then bursts out and reveals a father's agony. He leaves the place.

The play was received with thundering applause, more for its convincing dialogue, never panning into needless display of verbosity. Playwright Bhavani Prasad takes the credit for this.

The play was well handled by director Goparaju Vijay, who also figured in the role of Pradeep, rightly underplaying it. Goparaju Ramana as Rammohan gets the lion's share of the play's impact. Madhavi in the role of Neeraja aptly projected the role of an errant girl and apologetic daughter as well. K.V. Subbarayudu played Pradeep's ‘ babai'.


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