Glimpse into history

From history A scene from ‘Veera Pandya Katta Brahmana’.

From history A scene from ‘Veera Pandya Katta Brahmana’.  

ART The three day historical Telugu plays festival was enlightening.

Like many patriots and patriotic rulers, Veerapandya Katta Brahmana, a ruler of Tanjavur, who fought against the British and laid his life due to treachery played by his own colleagues in the ruling class of neighbouring kingdoms, became part and parcel of India's Freedom movement literature. This story and other stories in both North and South depict how the invaders including the British, French and Dutch, exploited the internal bickerings between the neighbouring rulers of small fiefdoms and finally annexed them into their ultimate British Raj. A glean of light in this story also tells the way they could unite all the splinter lands in the hands of hundreds of warring rulers, into a huge kingdom called Maha Bharat. The art of `divide and rule' of the British was also in full view even in this story of Katta Brahmanna. The subject became popular more because of the film with Sivaji Ganesan playing this great ruler, the Telugu dubbing of which was also released.The three day historical Telugu play festival was held at Ravindra Bharathi with the presentation of Veera Pandya Katta Brahmannaas the first production. The play depicts the fight of 18th century king Veera Pandya Katta Brahmana, a chieftain of the Tanjavur region of the South India, with the British East India Company The performance given by Kali Subbarao as Katta Brahmanna was the highlight of the histrionic part. We could see the traits of both NTR and Sivaji Ganesan in him. It was well got up production and the element of patriotism was well focused both dialogue and action. Eeranki Subba Rao as Ettappa, Ratnakar as Veera Pratap Nagabhushanam as a dumb Dora, Kali Rambabu as Tanapati, L.Krishnamurthy as Jackson, Rajyam as Jakkamma Mercy, Suguna Rao, Kutumba Rao, Nehru and Lakshmi in other roles. The play has plenty of verses, which were rendered well by him and others. E Subbarao, B Ratnakumar, PNagabhushanam, Kali Rambabu, Krishnamurthy, Rajyam, Mercy, Lakshmi and others were in the main cast. The unit displayed a tremendous team work and understanding. Rallabandi Kavita Prasad, Director of Culture, who was the chief guest, stressed the need for coming up with plays that underlined patriotism and the Indian struggle for Independence right from 1857, which he said would receive the support of the AP Department of Culture.G.S

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