It was a day of talent display for the State legislators at the end of the Assembly session.
Padmaja Reddy enthralling the audience.
AFTER THE month long budget session, it was time for the legislators to relax by participating in a cultural event. The annual feature has always been a real entertainer packed as it is with humour and fun. The notable performers included ministers -- Santosh Reddy, Kanna Lakshmi Narayana and Geetha Reddy, legislators Dharmasri, Balaraju, Pratap Reddy, G. Kutuhalamma, Magunta Parvatamma, Swarna Sudhakar and Satyavatamma who took part in various events including rendition of patriotic songs. .Santosh Reddy had his own style of keeping the auditorium in good humour with his narrative bits and mimicking the late Channa Reddy, NTR and Sundarayya. He also recalled some real life events that elevating the greatness the three individuals. Kutuhalamma displayed her histrionics by donning the role of a vegetable vendor. The programme which got delayed in the evening went on till midnight, as the Chief Minister, ministers and legislators were still in the midst of an assembly session . The Chief Minister stayed back till the entire programme was over.
The most attractive and purposeful programme of the evening was a new ballet staged by noted Kuchipudi exponent, Padmaja Reddy, daughter-in-law of the Nizamabad MLA, Ganga Reddy, on the rare subject of "Bhruna Hatyalu" .which focussed on female infanticide. The ballet condemns the attitude of men in forcing the women to undergo such ordeals. Padmaja, narrated the theme very well through her expressive dance format.
The ballet sought to highlight the fact that great personalities like- Jhansi Lakshmi, Meera Bai, Rani Rudrama, Mother Theresa and Indira Gandhi were all women. Legislators - Gade Leelavati and Balaraju, played wife and husband, with Padmaja coordinating the entire show. Parvatamma, Swarna Sudhakar, Padma Devender and Sujatha played important roles in the ballet.
The Chief minister, Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, was reportedly so impressed with the theme that he might use the same for spreading message against the foetus killings.
The story of Ravana trying to abduct Sita was converted into a comedy by interpolating it with a scene, showing Sita, on being dragged by Ravana, pleading that she was not the real Sita, but his servant maid, sending the auditorium into peals of laughter. Pratap Reddy and film actress Kinnera played the two roles.
The "Gireesam" played by Tirupati MLA, Venkataramana, in the company of Madugula MLA, Dharmasri, turned out to be another highlight, more because of its political content than the imitation of Gurajada's "Gireesam." The "Gireesam" here claims that it was because of him American President, George Bush, YSR, Dasari Narayana Rao were holding their present positions. The rendition of Annamayya compositions by Dharmasri, while Geetha Reddy donned the role of "Telugu talli" was impressive. There were group rendition of film songs and folk songs too. Christine Lazarus and Narayana Swami performed a magic show. The mono action of Duryodhana, by minister Kanna Lakshminarayana, was interesting.
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