FRIDAY REVIEW

Absorbing play

POETIC DRAMA `Ramanjaneya Yuddham' proved to be an engaging fare.  

The 133rd monthly schedule of Sri Sai Kala Niketan, a body, dedicatedly serving the cause of poetic drama, a unique contribution of the Telugu people to the firmament of theatre, featured the play Sri Ramanjaneya Yuddham, here in Visakhapatnam recently .

Scripted by Badireddy Koteswara Rao with most of the dialogues in versified form, it depicted the circumstances in which Sri Anjaneya and His Lord Rama were forced to fight each other.

It was all because of the simple mistake committed by the king, Yayathi who got tired after his hunting spree, and after getting refreshed on the banks of the Sarayu river first paid his respects to saint Vasista in preference to Viswamitra.

Angered by this, Viswamitra made Rama to take a vow to kill Yayathi. On the advice of elders like Naarada, Yayathi without revealing the facts got a promise from Anjaneya that he would be protected by him at all cost.

Finally all ended well as it turned out to be a purposefully created episode to establish the supremacy of the Lord.

Well directed by Gudivada Pydiraju and produced effectively under the able management of Choudari Appa Rao, the cast comprised - K. Parvatheesam (Rama), G.P. Raju (Anjaneya), G.S. Naidu (Yayathi), N.S. Naidu (Narada and Angada), P. Srinivasa Rao (Lakshmana), A. Narasimham (Satrughna), B. Jagannadham (Bharata), B. Sambamurthy (Sugreeva and Viswamitra) and K. Lakshmayya (Vasista).

The backdrop of music had expert play on harmonium by V. Srirama Murthy and tabla by Rambabu.

The credits for make-up, stage decor, lighting and co-ordination were shared by U.A. Naidu, P.V.R. Murthy, Simhadri, Kesava Raju and Ramu.

Director, Pydi Raju was felicitated by guests of honour (noted patrons of poetic plays), V. Durga Prasad, P. Sasibhushana Rao and M. Adinarayana on the occasion. The organisation's president , Ganta Appala Naidu was in the chair.

A.R.S.