FRIDAY REVIEW

The actor’s character

Play act A scene from the social play ‘Rasa Rajyam’.

Play act A scene from the social play ‘Rasa Rajyam’.   | Photo Credit: Photo: V. Raju

P. SURYA RAO

The play spotlighted the hubris of an actor.

The growth or downfall of an artiste is in his own hands



The Vijayawada Cultural Academy presented a novel and effective social play titled Rasa Rajyam.

The play, written by Diwakar Babu, and directed by E.S.R.K. Sastri was presented by Sastriyam of Guntur.

The cast included seasoned stage and film actor Kota Sankar Rao, who played the main role (Kireeti), Chada Sarma (Maharshi), V.V.N. Patrudu (Abhimanyu), K. Vijayalakshmi (Sita) and T. Vanibala (Tara). The main character Kireeti is an accomplished actor but a self-centred man who always thinks that the audience is not recognising his greatness.

Kireeti refuses to budge even an inch from his known stand even after the exit of his innocent wife Sita. Vanibala in the role of Tara gets close to Kireeti, enacting her role with great involvement. The play finally conveys the message that an artiste should never forget or ignore his roots.

The growth or downfall of an artiste is in his own hands. The artiste should not deceive himself. Fine performances also came from Sarma, Patrudu, Vijayalakshmi and Vanibala. Diwakar Babu’s plot and script were off the beaten track with powerful impact. The play staged at Gokaraju Laila Gangaraju Kala Vedika attracted a very large crowd which sat through with rapt attention. Kota Sankar Rao’s superb performance was the highlight of the play. In fact, he lived the role of Kireeti.

Adequate musical score was given by P. Raju and the credit for elegant stage props and makeup goes to Adivi Sankara Rao.



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