On the occasion of its 71st anniversary, Sri Venkateshwara Natya Mandali in association with the Department of Culture, is presenting one of the most popular padyanatakas, Patala Bhairavi, from 10th to 14th July, at the Telugu Lalitha Kala Thoranam.
Patala Bhairavi is one of the sensational telugu matinees produced by Vijaya Pictures in 1951. The story is adapted from Kasi Majilee Kathalu, written by Madhira Subbanna Deekshitulu.
The son of the gardener Thota Raamudu falls in love with the princess of Ujjain. When he faces resistance from the king, he approaches a Mantrika (Sorcerer), who actually plans to sacrifice this young and brave man to the goddess Pathala Bhairavi to attain the magical power, through which he can be the master of the universe. Raamudu finds about this plan and sacrifices the sorcerer and obtains Paataala Bhairavi power.
The play starts at 6.45 pm and the entry fee for the program is Rs. 20 for each individual.
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 is Sri Venkateshwara Natya Mandali, which is the biggest of them all, was set up in 1937. Today, their troupe has 62 members.
For further details, please contact R Nageswara Rao on 98490-26386/99490-26386/6528-0739.