Anyone for some folklore? Bhuvana Vijayam is a popular stage play written
by Divakarla Venkatavadhani, a Telugu professor of the Osmania University, in
the 1960s. It has been performed on numerous occasions on stage in Andhra Pradesh,
with ex-PM P V Narasimha Rao having taken part in it in the 70s. And C S R Kalamandir,
started by the film actor of the yesteryears C S R Anjaneyulu in unison with Vignana
Deepika, has staged it around 200 times in the 70s in the US alone.
Vignana Deepika, a cultural organization founded by A Purushottam Rao around 40 years ago, has always promoted this play. Rao himself is a veteran stage player who has enacted the roles of Krishna and Rama 1,000 times each, and claims to be the only person in and around Hyderabad to have acted in 2,000 stage plays.
Bhuvana Vijayam is a literary feature and is famously known as Sri Krishna
Devarayala Sahiti Sadassu. It has Allasani Peddana and Tenali Ramakrishna arguing
about which one of them is the greater of the two, and has Srikrishna Devarayulu
intervening to settle the battle of egos.
Vignana Deepika is staging the play again today. The play will be followed by the celebrations of Sardar Gobalapuram Keshava Rao's 48th death anniversary. Keshava Rao was the first Andhra Congress President and a freedom fighter. He is also known as Telangana Veerakesari. He was an active member and in-charge of the Kandi Andhra Maha Sabha held in 1946.
Please contact Purushottam Rao at 707-1122 for further details.