The story of a man created to demoralize humans across generations. Today on stage by some of the most famous theater artistes of AP.
Annamayya Kalapeetham, on the occasion of its 18th anniversary, is staging a famous mythological play, Satya Harischandra, by some of the renowned stage artistes of Andhra Pradesh, this Thursday, at the Ravindra Bharati auditorium.
Satya Harishchandra is the story of a king who abdicated his throne and even his family for the sake of truth. Upon a wordy duel with sage Vasishta, Viswamitra once accepts the challenge to make the righteous and honest King Harischandra utter a lie. In one such sticky situation, he corners the king and leaves him with 2 options - either to resort to the immoral act of telling a lie or to leave his throne. The king prefers the latter and leaves the country as well.
As fate starts haunting Harischandra, his son dies of snake bite. Accusing Harischandra's wife Chandramati of child murder, the local king sentences her to death and orders Harischandra, working in a cremation ground, to execute her. The righteous Harischandra obeys the order and attempts to hack his wife. Just when he is about to execute the order, Lord Shiva appears and blesses him by bringing his son back to life and returning his throne.
The 1st character of Harischandra will be played by Gana Gandharva Uppala Rajeshwara Rao of Balijepally, and the 2nd Harischandra by Bala Gandharva Jr D V Subba Rao (grandson of the great stage artiste D V Subba Rao). Kala Kaushika will be enacted by Hasyaratna K Kutumba Rao, Nakshatrakudu by Gana Kokila P Prasada Naidu of Tenali, Veerabahudu by Rangasimha K V Ramana Reddy, Kesava by Kondapaneni Satyanarayana Choudhary, and Chandramati by Ganasudhanidhi Kilari Laxmi of Srikakulam.
Annamayya Kalapeetham was established in 1988, by famous theater personality Kanigala Kutumba Rao. Since then, the association has organised many cultural programs every month of the year - plays, dramas, music, dance, felicitations and recognitions to artistes. It also organises music and theater workshops, spreading awareness to many eager learners.
The entry to the drama is through donor passes of Rs. 200/Rs. 100, or Rs. 50 per head. For further details, please contact K Kutumba Rao at 98488-23597.