Adding charm to Kalabharati
On Friday evening, Kalabharati witnessed a glittering function specially got up for unveiling the works of art in oils on canvas depicting the seven classical styles of Indian dance (permanently mounted by the side of the paintings of Navarasas on the walls of the corridor of the auditorium) by the chief guest, Dadi Veerabhadra Rao, Anakapalle MLA.
The copies of the studies by renowned artist Bapu were presented to the Visakha Music and Dance Academy by the doyen of the Telugu theatre and cinema, T. Nutan Prasad, who had also gifted the Navarasa paintings to VMDA a couple of years ago.
Mr. Veerabhadra Rao, who also inaugurated VMDA's new venture of regular staging of plays on the first Friday of every month, was all praise for its fonder-president, C.S.N. Raju, for his ardent efforts in promoting culture in the city. The MLA also offered help, both personal and governmental, to VMDA.
Presenting an album of the paintings in miniature as a token memento to VMDA, Nutan Prasad said that he was particularly happy that the project of staging plays on a regular basis had been launched by VMDA with a pouranic ballet, and said: ''Pouranic play is the mother of theatre, cinema on the big and the small screens as well.''
He announced that he would be prsenting dance paintings to all auditoria in the 23 districts of the State as he did earlier with the studies of Navarasas of Bapu. He suggested that VMDA be henceforth called 'VMDDA' (Visakha Muasic Dance and Drama Academy) in view of the new project, drama.
Sunkari Prabhakara Rao, member on the programmes committee, detailed the format of the drama project and Perala Balamuralikrishna went ecstatically poetic in his compering. P.V. Sarma proposed a vote thanks.
Staging of the pouranic play, 'Aswathama', scripted and directed by Meegada Ramalinga Swamy, who was also in the lead and who had won the Nandi Award recently, marked the inaugural.
A. RAMALINGA SASTRY
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