The Kalaradhana Samskrutika Chaitanya Mandali is organsing a Padya Natakam Festival, on 9th August, at Sri Thyagaraja Gana Sabha. The festival will have four back-to-back mythological dramas, including a one-act play.
The program starts with a one-act play recital by V J Nayak as Duryodhana in Maya Sabha. This is a sequence in which Duryodhana gets insulted by Draupadi after he falls into a pool of water. When alone in Hastinapura, he recollects this incident and feels embarassed. This prompts him to avenge the insult.
The second padya natakam is the Dwaraka scene in which L Venkatachari plays the role of Lord Krishna, Akella Prabhakara Sarma plays Duryodhana and Dr Akkiraju Sundara Ramakrishna plays Arjuna. This sequence is about the hiring of Lord Krishna's services in the battle of Mahabharata. As Arjuna cleverly prefers the Lord, Duryodhana prefers the mammoth army of the Yadavas which subsequently proves no match.
The third is the Rayabaram scene in which Lord Krishna tries his best to stave off the war, in a last effort. For this he decides to be a peace messenger and goes to Hastinapur, where he is insulted by Duryodhana. The play ends with Krishna showing his Vishwaroopa (cosmic form). The roles are played by Komaravolu Srinivas Rao as Krishna, Akella Prabhakara Sarma as Duryodhana, Purnachandra Rao as Karna, K Madhusudan Rao as Dhritarashtra, Y Shivaji as Ashwaddhama, Sirimalle Murali as Bheeshma, and V B Chari as Drona.
The final play of the day is the Karna Sandesha scene. Here before the battle of Mahabharata, Karna comes to know that Kunti is his mother and the Pandavas his brothers. He falls in a dilemma between his friendship with Duryodhana and siding with his brothers. He comes to meet Krishna who tries to solve this problem. Dr Renuka Devi plays the role of Krishna and Dr Kotte Venkatacharyulu plays Karna.
Kalaradhana Samskrutika Chaitanya Mandali was established 3 years ago by Ch Krishna Rao, a Sanskrit lecturer in Narayana College. All the members of this association are theater artistes, and together, they stage various mythological dramas round the year.
Please contact V Venugopalachari at 94409-86612 for further details.