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Agnivarsha is an event that took place between 16-Oct-2000 and 18-Oct-2000 in Hyderabad.
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The premier theater company Rasaranjani staged this quality production. The theme is an extract from the epic Mahabharata, and was originally scripted in Kannada by playwright and thespian Girish Karnad. Dr D S N Murthy, in a most thought provoking manner, forcefully directed the version translated into Telugu by Dr Bhargavi Rao. The fable in a gripping choreography and composition sustained the interest of the audience through out.

The scene takes off when Dharmaraja, in his exile, meets sage Lomasa who tells him the marathon of 'Yavakreethopakhyanam'. Bharadwaja and Raibhya are two close friends who've studied at the same gurukul. Raibhya has 2 sons, Paravasu and Aravasu, both very educated and disciplined. Bharadwaj's son is Yavakrita, and he's jealous of the 2 sons of Bharadwaja. Deciding that he wants education easily, he does penances to propitiate Lord Indra, and despite advice to get educated through a guru, he coaxes Indra to give him knowledge without any effort. This makes him pretty egoistic as well.

Now Paravasu has a very beautiful wife called Visakha, and Yavakrita covets her. A king invites Paravasu to be the adwaryudu for a yagna that he is performing, and when Paravasu is there, Yavakrita tries to molest Visakha. In the nick of time, Raibhya creates a demon that kills Yavakrita.

There is also the hero Aravasu, the second son of Raibhya, who rises above egocentricity and chooses to propitiate Indra, who offers him a boon, to grant rain in the famine lands instead of the life of his beloved tribal woman.

This touching play has many twists and turns that the actors carry so naturally that the audiences are engrossed in the theme. The play further illustrates generic human tendencies - weaknesses, strengths and emotions. G B Ramakrishna Sastry donned the lead role, while Padmapriya, Gouri, Murthy and others made a well-knit cast. This swift yet pondering play is worth watching.
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