In an attempt to encourage the theatre arts, the Paruchuri Raghubabu Memorial Trust is organising the 18th All-India Theatre Festival from 27th April to 1st May, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. 21 Telugu plays from all over the country will be staged during the 5-day festival, as under:
3:00pm - Gandhi Jayanthi, play written by D Vijay Bhaskar, directed by Nirmala Reddy and staged by Akhil Art Theatres, Hyderabad
5:15pm - Made In India, playlet written by Paramatmuni, directed by Jetti Haribabu and staged by Kala Varshini, Hyderabad
6:30pm - Kottha Sainyam, playlet written by Akella, directed by T V Jaiprakash Reddy and staged by J P Theatre, Nalgonda
7:45pm - Punadhi, play written and directed by B P Prasada Rao and staged by Vamsee Niranjan Kala Kendram, Hyderabad
3:00pm - Pothugedda, play written by Palleti Lakshmi Kulashekhar, directed by N Ganga Maheshwara Rao and staged by Jyothi Kalamandir Fine Arts Association, Nandyala
5:15pm - Okka Kshenam, playlet written by Varikooti Sivaprasad, directed by Cherukuri Sambasiva Rao and staged by Ushodaya Kala Niketan, Hyderabad
6:30pm - Anjigadu, playlet written by G Appala Swamy, directed by Swapan Mandal and staged by Shudraka, Hyderabad
7:45pm - Mrutasanjeevani, play written by Akurati Bhaskar Chandra, directed by J Ramana Prabhu and staged by Natya Mandali, Hyderabad
2:00pm - Rela, playlet written and directed by K K L Swamy and staged by Sarvani Fine Arts, Borivanka, Srikakulam
3:15pm - Kallunnayi ...Kanneelle Levu, play wirtten and directed by Akurati Bhaskar Chandra and staged by Kalaniketan, Veerannapalem
5:30pm - Kanuka, playlet written by Y Sai Baba, directed by M Prasada Murthy and staged by Kalavani, Godavari districts
6:45pm - Apartment, play written by Sai Brahmanandam Dorthy, directed Y S Krishneswara Rao
9:00pm - Dhwansa Rachana, playlet written by Valluri Shiva Prasad, directed by Gangotri Sai and staged by Aravinda Arts, Tadepalli
3:00pm - Bharatamlo Seeta, playlet written by Y Sai Baba, directed by T Sai Kumar and staged by Ravindra Kala Bharathi, Kharagpur, West Bengal
4:15pm - Kasturi Ranga Ranga, playlet written by Y Sai Baba, directed by M K Nagabhushana Rao and staged by Nataraja Arts Creations, Visakhapatnam
5:30pm - Gili Gili Dhoomtanakka, play written and directed by M S Choudhary and staged by New Stars Modern Theatre, Vijayawada
7:45pm - Lagabhus Lacchanna, playlet written and directed by Kasi Viswanath and staged by Kasi Viswanath Creations, Visakhapatnam
9:00pm - Shatamanam Bhavati, playlet written by Kasturi Rajshekhar, directed D V Chandra Shekhar and staged by Sri Krishna Telugu Theatres, New Delhi
3:00pm - Boyavani Vetalo, playlet written by P T Madhav, directed by P Shiva Prasad and staged by K V Memorial Arts, Visakhapatnam
4:15pm - Sheshardham, playlet written by Nagaraju Gandham, directed by S M Basha and staged by Kalpana Kala Niketan, Narsaraopeta
5:30pm - Rakshabandanam, play written by Kasi Viswanath, driected by K Venkateswara Rao and staged by Jaya Kala Niketan, Visakhapatnam
At 8pm on May 1, comedian Dr. Brahmanandam will be felicitated on the occasion of entering the Guinness Book Of World Records for acting in the highest number of movies. The guests for the evening comprise a galaxy of film stars, such as Babu Mohan, AVS, M S Narayana, Tanikella Bharani, Mallikarjuna Rao, L B Sriram, Krishna Bhagwan, Shivaji Raja, Sunil, Venu Madhav, Raghubabu, Ganesh, Uttej, Kondavalasa, Shiva Reddy and Gundu Hanumantha Rao.
Participation cash prizes will be given at Rs. 6,000 for a play and Rs. 5,000 for a playlet. In addition, cash awards will be given for the 1st and 2nd best plays, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd for best playlets and the 1st and 2nd best actor, best actress, best comedian, best character actor and actress, and best supporting actor and actress. There will also be two special jury awards for best script, best direction, best stage set arrangement, best music and best make-up.
In memory of his late son Paruchuri Raghubabu, cine actor and writer Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao established the Paruchuri Raghubabu Memorial Trust in 1990, and organises theatre competitions every year. The trust promotes theatre by giving monetary aid to ailing groups.
Entry is free for everybody. Please contact Srinivas at 97049-61400 for further details.