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A scene from `Gayopakhyanam'

A scene from `Gayopakhyanam'  

SRI SAIKALAANIKETAN staged a major portion of the popular play `Gayopakhyanam' in Premasamajam Hall last week.

The stage show, scripted by renowned playwright Chilakamarthi, was directed by B.V.A. Naidu, many-time Nandi Award winner and founder secretary of the Association.

Tuneful and melodious rendering of the versified dialogues of the character Krishna by Cheekati Rama Rao, who donned the role, was the highlight of the play, which lasted a little over two hours.

The felicitous extension of the raga in which the poem was rendered attracted repeated applause.

K. Ravikumar as Arjuna, I.S.N. Murty in the title role, D. Jagga Rao as Balarama, B.A. Naidu as Dharmaja and A.V. Raghavan as Bheema made a laudable effort sustaining the tenor and tempo of the situation in which they figured.

L. Joga Rao as Satyaki, Narada and Akrura, T. Dali Naidu as Nakula and Bagadi Vijaya Sai as Sahadeva, even in their brief spells, made their presence felt, exhibiting histrionic talent.

The credits for music were well shared by Bagadi Vijaya Saradhi, Ella Appa Rao and Noor Saheb for their excellent support on harmonium, clarinet and tabla respectively.

Make-up by D.V. Narasinga Rao Naidu, stage decor and lighting effects by M. Akkunaidu and P.V.R. Murty and coordination by N. Simhadri and R. Kesava Rao under the supervision of Chowdary Appa Rao also deserve a mention.

A. RAMALINGA SASTRY

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