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Nandi Natakotsavam, the premier event conducted by Andhra Pradesh Film, TV and Theatre Development Corporation at the TTD’s Mahati auditorium in Tirupati last week did not just provide a feast for the eyes, but also offered a lot of food for thought.

The social plays centred on themes pertaining to contemporary society, some more relevant today than ever before. While the mythological and poetic plays ( Padya Natakam) added to the grandeur of the theatre ambience that symbolised exuberance, the social plays contributed common sense.

The bane of technology in the form of gizmos that connect the world, while alienating us from our neighbour, the nuclear family setup that robbed the bonding with the elders, the trend of the competitive world causing insatiable obsession to be in the reckoning and woes of senior citizens, i.e., their growing alienation from the mainstream society were some of the themes that were deliberated upon by the social plays. There were of course, other contemporary themes like state-supported intolerance and shackles on individual freedom, the youth increasingly attaching more significance to caste and religion than the previous generation and the growing relevance of organ donation.

Mee Vente Memuntam’ by KV Memorial Arts, Visakhapatnam flayed the attitude of the younger generation to elope in the name of love, causing sorrow to their parents. When the protagonists returned home after infatuation faded and reality dawned, the parents exhibited magnanimity in accepting their children. ‘ Kshamagunam’ by Ushodaya Kalaniketan, Tirupati, showed how married couples make their lives miserable by failing to accept, tolerate and pardon the mistakes of their life partner. ‘ Sssh.. Evariki Cheppakandi’ by Bahuroopa Natya Samakhya, Visakhapatnam, portrayed the blatant indifference exhibited by sons to finance the treatment of their ailing father. In fact, there were child-specific plays ( Balala Natakam), where the acting prowess of child actors was on display.

The messages in the plays were received well by the audience. The winning troupes received the prizes from the Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. Later, at a felicitation function conducted for the artistes, Member of Parliament (Chittoor) N. Sivaprasad, himself a theatre artist, acknowledged the need for state support to theatre artistes to perpetuate the art form. Taking a cue, Chittoor district Collector Siddharth Jain announced he would conduct drama competitions for school children by the end of February.

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