They've staged 1,900 plays in 13 years. They do it to protect Telugu theater. They've got Raavi Kondala Rao and Sutthi Velu among other luminaries today. Will you pay Rs. 10?
Rasaranjini, as part of its ongoing Comedy Plays Festival from 4th to 9th November, is staging a play called Nalugilla Chavidi today.
The play is about the daily lives of four joint families living in a small house - their misunderstandings, petty quarrels and their settlements, affection, friendship, togetherness and so on. It ends with a moral that if there is no unity and bondedness in this small house of four families, it's hard to expect it among the people of this country.
The play was written by Raavi Kondala Rao in 1961, and was first screened during the 1962 China War, at Madras Children's Theatre in the Akashvani Club premises. It received the best writer, best actress and best supporting actor awards when it was staged during the Andhra Nataka Kala Parishad Competition in 1962 at Ravindra Bharathi. It was subsequently screened at Vijayawada, Guntur, Eluru, Bellary, Madras and other places, and received appreciation all over.
Also directed by Raavi Kondala Rao, it is being presented by R K Arts from Hyderabad, and has Raavi Kondala Rao, Radha Kumari, Sutthi Velu, Ananth, Jyothi, Allu Ramesh, S R Gandham and Master Karthik as its characters.
Raavi Kondala Rao has written and directed for, and acted in about 350 Telugu movies. He also has 25 plays to his credit. Kukkapilla Dorikindi, Pattalu Thappina Railu and Professor Parabrahmam are some of his best plays. He has won several awards for his movies and plays.
Rasaranjini was established in March 1993, with a staging of the famous play, Kanya Sulkam. During these 13 years since its inception, it has staged about 1,900 plays. It stages a play every month at Sri Thyagaraya Gana Sabha, to promote this neglected form.
The association not only stages its own productions, it also gets groups from outside and pays for their staging. It also trains in acting and mime. K V Ramana, IAS, is its president. Most of the members are renowned theater personalities.
The entry to the play is by tickets of Rs. 10 only, available at the venue. For further details, please contact D Someshwara Rao at 94401-42266.