And in the 29-day Telugu drama festival, today, the tale of how, er, Subhadra kidnapped and married Arjuna.
On the occasion of its 29th anniversary, Kinnera Art Theatres is organising 29 days of Telugu stage dramas from different parts of the state, at Sri Thyagaraya Gana Sabha, from 9th November to 7th December. As part of the 17th day of celebrations, Subhadra Vijayam is being staged today.
Arjuna decided to spend the last part of his term of exile at Dwaraka, the residence of his cousins Balarama, Krishna and Subhadra, who were the children of his maternal uncle Vasudeva. Here, he and Subhadra fell in love with each other. This was encouraged by Krishna, who had always been particularly attached to Arjuna, and wished nothing but for the best of his sister Subhadra.
Knowing that the entire family would view with disfavor, the prospect of Subhadra becoming the 4th wife of Arjuna, Krishna facilitated the eloping of the couple and their departure for Indraprastha. In a twist to the tale, at Krishna's advice, it was Subhadra who drove the chariot from Dwaraka to Indraprastha. Krishna used this fact to persuade his family that Subhadra had not been abducted; on the contrary, it was she who had kidnapped Arjuna.
Kinnera Art Theatres was started in 1977, and has since organised various programs, including musical nites, classical dances and vocals, felicitations and releases of books. It has served as a platform for many upcoming artistes and has at the same time provided recognition and appreciation for established ones. Dr R Prabhakar Rao, IPS, is the chairman of the association, while M Raghuram is its dedicated secretary.
Please contact M Raghuram of Kinnera Art Theatres at 98660-57777 for further details.