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Pinisetty Sriramamurthy's `Palle Paduchu', is considered the playwright's best work till date.

Pinisetty Sriramamurthy is respectable name in theatre and cinema. He was playwright and actor who ran a theatre group named Adarsa Natya Mandali in 1946 and staged his own plays. Though born in Narsapur in west Godavari district, he made Palakole his base for theatre production and staging of plays. He is said to be a writer who can perfectly interpret rural life, especially of peasantry, using those Mandalikas (colloquial) in his dialogue.

Though he penned a dozen plays Palle Paduchu stays till now as his best work. That is the reason why this play made place for itself in the present festival of rare plays of previous generation, being staged at Ravindra Bharati.

The structure of this play looks more like that of a cinema. Because of that facility, this subject also had found its film version and made Pinisetty as one of the leading film scriptwriters of the day. He penned script for more than 60 films. This play was now staged by noted theoretical troupe Gangotri of Peda Kakani, exposing the present generation to the play.

It is the villainy played by the brother-in-law of an honest farmer Surayya that the drama narrates. Rangayya not only grabs the property of his brother-in-law, but also separates his son Chandram from his lover Kantham, Surayya's daughter, ignoring the promise he made to his sister (Surayya's wife) that he would get his son married to her daughter. He also masterminds the murder of the local zamindar and captures his widow Ramadevi and her property. The rest is reserved for repentance drama and union of all the family members.

Nayudu Gopi, the play's director, donned the main role of Surayya. Madhu and Vijayalakshmi as lovers turned out good performance . Even the widow of the zamindar was given a song to render to express her happiness in the company of her lover Rangayya, the villain of the show. S. Lakshmi performed Ramadevi's role perfectly.

Husein as Khasim, a police officer in disguise, Hari as mentally handicapped Kamesam, Sivanageswara Rao as Gangulu too offered good performances. Pokala Narasimha Rao who played the role of Gangulu in the very first production of this play, in Forties was felicitated by M. Satyanarayana Rao, Minister for Culture .

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