It's Christmas, and you probably know what it means. Yes, it's a holiday. To know a little more - like, for instance, who a Jew is, and who killed Jesus and why - here's some award-winning Telugu theater.
Shilparamam, as part of the ongoing All-India Crafts Mela from 16th to 31st December, is organising a drama called Siluvadhari, based on the life of Jesus Christ, today, the 10th day.
To coincide with Christmas, the Telugu Samskruthika Samithi is staging the mega drama with 30 artistes. Based on the life of Jesus Christ, it follows the sequences starting with the angels advising Mary to marry as the Lord himself will give birth through her, the marriage of Mary with Joseph, the birth of the Christ, his preaching of peace, his healing of the ailing, the capture and torture under the Romans, and the ultimate crucification.
The roles in the drama will be enacted by N B S Chakravarthy as Balayesu, N Arjuna Rao as the Christ, P Ramesh as Joseph, M Nirmala Devi as Mary and others in the remaining roles. It's been written by Rama Shankara Sarma and directed by G Sudhakar Babu, and the music has been composed by Madhu.
The Telugu Samskruthika Samithi was founded by G S S Sastry in 1975. It stages dramas, dances and competitions, and has a trained set of artistes. Sastry has even won a Nandi Award from the Government of Andhra Pradesh for his drama Mahakavi Kalidas in 2000. He also acted in a telefilm Sri Thyagaraya, which won another Nandi. He has directed and acted in many plays, having performed for the Department of Culture at many places.
For further details, please contact the venue at 2310-0455.