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Srikrishna rayabharam staged

Written in simple lucid language, the play was well received.



PLAY FOREVER The `Rayabharam' episode is an all-time popular with theatre lovers

Rarely we come across an organisation in the twin cities that goes for staging a mythological play in a temple complex with an environ that looks semi-urban. C.S.R. Kalamandir, who has specialised in the staging of Mahabharata and other mythological plays , took initiative to stage the ever popular Srikrishna Rayabaramu last week at a specially erected stage inside in the huge Vinayaka temple complex at Jaamai Osmania, near Osmania University. The kalamandir thus took the play nearer to the lovers of traditional theatre, but living far off from the regular venues like Thyagaraya Ganasabha or Ravindra Bharathi. The effort was more like moving to a rural area and staging the production.

Tribute to CSR

This marked the 99th jayanthi celebrations of noted thespian and film actor C.S.R.Anjaneyulu, who played Krishna's role both on stage and screen. A prime episode of the Mahabharata the play was written by the poet-duo - Tirupati Venkatakavulu. There was also a brief meeting at which Mudigonda Siva Prasad, writer of historical novels, spoke of CSR and his unique style of presentation mythological plays. Two artistes - Akkiraju Sundara Ramakrishna (in Dwaraka scene) and veteran Ayyadevara Purushothama Rao in the (upaplavyam and rayabaram scenes) played the role of Srikrishna. The other important roles - Duryodhana (P.Parthasarathi), Arjuna (Puli Seshayya), Karna (Kasibhatla Krishna Sastry) and Drutharashtra (Tangirala Venkata Subba Rao) - are well balanced in getting the appropriate theatrical effect through rendition of prose and verse. Though the play deals with the ambassadorial role played by Lord Sri Krishna in the court of the Kauravas , the play has other interesting sequences like Duryodhhana and Arjuna seeking Sri Krishna's help in the impending Mahabharata war , the treachery played by Duryodhana to bind Krishna with rope right in the royal court and the sequence in which Krishna reveals his His Viswaroopam. The play attracted audience for its poetic beauty.

Parthasarthi excels

Some artistes give more time in rendering raga part of the verse, which can be shortened. The poet duo wrote the verses in simple language that could be easily understood even by the rural audience. The play began with a Mayasabha scene in which a bewildered Duryodhana encounters Draupadi. Cine and TV artiste, Parthasarathi, excelled not only in the soliloquy but also dominates in various other scenes as Duryodhana . Sri Krishna's role played by Akkiraju and later Ayyadevara, was the role most applauded. T.V.L.N.Sastry as Dharmaja, K.Rameswara Sastry as Bhima, Puli Seshayya as Arjuna and K.Krishna Sastry as Karna figured in other important roles. The artistes put in a well-coordinated effort. The play is worth repeating with the same cast.

G.S.

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