Religion is about celebrating feats of God that were performed millennia back, since there's nothing much to talk about in the last century, much less your lifetime. Here's another of those.
Shilparamam, in association with Sri Venkateshwara Natya Mandali (Surabhi Group), is organising a 9-day Surabhi Drama Festival, from 21st to 29th April. Today, the sixth day, a famous Telugu mythological drama called Bhakta Prahalada will be staged.
Prahlada is a character from the Puranic texts of Hinduism. He is famed for his exclusive devotion for Lord Vishnu. His father Hiranyakashipu treats Vishnu as his enemy and wants to eliminate Him, as in His previous avatar (Varaha), Vishnu killed a rakshasa known as Hiranyaksha, who was the brother of Hiranyakashipu.
To kill Vishnu, Hiranyakashipu needs mystical powers, for which he propitiates Brahma, who offers him a boon that he cannot meet death from any of the living entities created by Brahma, nor by any weapon, human being or animal, indoor or outdoor, or during day or night.
When his son Prahalada becomes a great devotee of Vishnu, Hiranyakashipu becomes so angry and upset eventually that he decides to kill him. But each time he attempts to kill the boy, Prahlada is protected by Vishnu. Eventually, Vishnu in the form of Narasimha kills Hiranyakashipu.
Surabhi is the oldest theater group in India, started sometime in the 1890s by Vanarasa Govind Rao, who had three sons and ten daughters. As the size of the family expanded, several sub-groups were formed, one such being Sri Venkateshwara Natya Mandali. Initially there were 50 companies, which dwindled to 16 in 1974 and only 4 in 1982. Currently, there are 5 functioning across Andhra Pradesh, all under the umbrella of Surabi Nataka Kala Sangam. Sri Venkateshwara Natya Mandali, the biggest of them all, was set up in 1937. Today, their troupe has 62 members.
For further details, please contact the venue at 2310-0455.