Patience was definitely a virtue that the saint preached, but it was getting cold
outside, too. And so most of the audience that stayed for the whole length of
this play was probably doing it more out of devotional obligation - the others,
with due apologies to their God, left for the warmth of their homes before the
chill really set in.
This full-length performance based on the story of Shirdi Sai Baba tested the patience of the onlookers with the long gaps between the scenes. Though the artists from Sri Shankari Kala Niketan, Guntur, did strive to do their best, there were a lot of technical defects that could have been avoided to make the production crisp. Surprising, considering that these were not débutantes. But, well, all of us have our bad days. Like we said, the guys were earnest.
Scripted by Kariyam Nageswara Rao and directed by Nadimpally, the play had Basavaraj
Jai Shankar in the lead role of the preaching saint. There was a host of other
supporting artists like Venkat, Prem, Sudhakar, Ramakrishna, Uma and musician
Ashok. The performance was one of the series of month end programmes organized
by the Cultural Department of Andhra Pradesh.