Some of the associations staging padya natakams

Sri Srinivasa Natya Mandali (Nellore) : Started in 1976 by founder secretary Thirupathi HaraGopal and co-artists.Since then the mandali has staged the following dramas, many times throughout the state.
1. Annamacharya – won Best child artist at Nandi Nataka Parishath in 1999
2. Sri Veera Brahmendra swamy Charithra – Won the jury production and best music award in Nandi Nataka Parishath in 2002.
3. Sri Ganpathi mahathyam -Won the jury award for role of narada at Nandi Nataka Parishath in 2003.
Annamacharya drama brought great recognition to HaraGopal, who is known as “Abhinava Annamayya”. All these dramas are still staged throughout the state. This writer is closely associated with the mandali for 30 years.

SathyaSai kalaNikethan(Hyderabad): Founded by Gummadi GopalaKrishna. The details of awards and performances can be found here.

Meera Jyotsna kalaNikethan(visakha patnam): Founded by Dr.Meegada Ramalinga swamy

Srinivasa Natya Mandali(Hyderabad):Founded by Emani Uma Maheswara Rao, a registrar in AP high court ,and his co-artists. He acts in the main roles in all dramas which are staged throughout the state and in competitions.
1. Venkateswara mahathyam
2. Sri Krishna Rayabaram
3. Pandava Vijayam
4. Subhadra Vijayam – Won best production and other awards in Sri Venkateswara nataka kala Parishath(tirupathi) in 2005.

Malladi Suryanarayan memorial Arts: Founded by the sons of the famous actor Sri Malladi Suryanarayana Sastry. All the members of this mandali are his sons. They are all actors with clear diction in rendering the dialogues and verses with emphasis on sahithya and bhava. They are not adept in singing padyams with correct shrithi. But their acting talents and performance are appreciated by the elite audience. They are staging the following dramas.
1. Aswathama -Staged in nandi parishath in 2003 and 2004.
-Won the best actor award in 2004 for the role of Duryodhana
2. Jai Bharath (story of prithviraj)

Ramakrishna natya Mandali(Nellore): Founded by Ponnala RamaSubba Reddy. All the dramas were staged as one single unit. Dramas staged are
1. Chitra naliyam
2. Sathya harishchandra
3. Paduka Pattabhishekam
4. Sathi Savithri
5. Bhaktha Ramadasu
6. Tara Sashankam
7. Sarangadhara

Sahithi Art Teaters(Guntur): Founded in the early fifties by late BK Visveswara Rao , GSN Sastry and Late ASR Anjaneyulu (drama writer and actor) and other co-artists. This association comprising of amateurs is active since its formation. Dramas staged are
1.Sri Krishna Rayabaram
2. Veni samharam
4.Srikrishna Thulabharam
5.Balarama Vijayam (written by ASR Anjaneyulu) Story of lakshana parinayam
6.Dharma Vijayam (Written by ASR Anjaneyulu)Story of Ghosha yatra
BK Visveswara Rao, the founder and organizer of this association for about 50 years expired in 2006. This writer was a member of this association from1968 to 1975 and was introduced to the padya natakam field in 1968 in the character of Bhima.

Kaja Krishna Murthy Smaraka Kala Samithi: Formed in 2004 by this writer as secretary and family members in memory of their father late Kaja Krishna Murthy. This writer is in the field of Padyanatakams since 1968 as an amateur actor in the roles of bhima, duryodhana. Mayasabha (mono action), Karna(Veni Samharam), Sakuni (Maya Bazar), Visharada (balarama vijayam), Vasanthaka (tulabharam),Akrura(gayo pakhyanam), Vishnu sarma (Sathi Savithri),Dhrita Rashtra and other side roles. He acted in roles requiring delivery of dialogues with clear diction and action. Te natakams arranged by the samithi in Hyderabad since inception are
1. Sri Veerabhrahmendra Swami Charithra
2. Annamacharya
3. Sri Krishna Rayabaram(scene)
4. Sampada (social play)
5. Gayo Pakhyanam (Dr meegada ramalinga Swamy as Krishna)
6. Chinthamani (this writer acted as Subbi Setty, Burra Subhrahmanya Sastry as chinthamani and HaraGopal as Bilvamangala)
Samithi would like to promote new dramas which were not staged inspite of good scripts. Samithhi would also like to encourage children’s Dramas.

Competitions(parishats) in which padya natakams are held

Procedures for selection of dramas

Applications in printed form are called for from intending organizations through newspaper advertisements or by sending applications to the troupes fixing the last date. After receipt of applications the troupes will be intimated in writing about the dates of scrutiny of their performances at their places. Two or three famous artists/critics will be nominated as scrutiny judges. The judges will travel to all the places to witness the performances (with or without make-up) as per the choice of the troupe. After the completion of scrutiny, the judges will select the dramas, eligible for performance in the parishath. The number of eligible dramas will be fixed by the parishath. The selected troupes will be intimated in writing , the actual date and time of their performance in parishath held at a fixed place. Each troupe will be provided free boarding and lodging on the date of their performance. Awards: Each troupe will be paid a fixed amount for performance. Cash prizes and mementos will be awarded for first and second productions, best actor, best actress, villain, supporting actor/actress, child actor, best music, make-up, lighting, script, sets etc as fixed by the organizing committee. Railway Concession: All the performing troupes will be eligible for railway concession of 75% of the charges from their station to the parishath station return fair ,on production of the invitation to participate.

About some Parishaths of padya natakams:

Nandi nataka parishath: This parishath was started in the year 1999 by the govt. of AP and conducted by the Andhra Pradesh State Film, TV and drama development corporation.(FDC).

Ten padya natakams will be selected for the parishaths. For performances, Rs.15000 will be given to the troupe. For the winners, cash amounts and Nandi plaques coated with gold, silver and bronze will be awarded .For best production, Gold nandi Plaque and Silver nandi for second best production and broze nandi for jury production, best actor, actress, villain, comedian, character actor/actress, director, script-writer, child actor, make-up, sets, lighting and other awards decided by committee.

Year Place Dates
1999-2003 Ravindra Bharathi,Hyderabad May 28 – June2
2004 Ravindra Bharathi,Hyderabad 7 days in Jans
2005 Thummalapalli Kalashetram,Vijayawada 7 days in Jan
2006 Mahathi Auditorium,Tirupathi 7 days in Jan
2007 Rajiv Gandhi Auditoreum,Nizamabad 7 days in Jan

In 2008 it is scheduled to be held in Anam Kalashetram ,Rajamundry from 19th jan 2008 to 25th jan 2008.Scrutiny of dramas is now in progress. The drama organizations and artists consider the participation and winning of prizes in nandi parishath as prestigious and coveted reward for their talent.

Sri Venkateswara nataka Kalaparishath, Tirupathi: This parishath is held each year from 1955,continuously at thirupathi sponsored by TTD and others. This parishath includes mono actions, one act of one hour duration based on historical, mythological or folklore themes. Full length padya natakams(two and half hours duration), should be based on mythological and devotional subjects only. Scrutiny and prizes/awards are similar to Nandi natyothsavam. This parishat, will be held between last of may and first week of June.

The unique feature of this parishat is that, the full length padya natakams staged in the parishaths will be staged in Tirumala (Sri balaji Temple), the next day with cash remuneration.

NTR natakaparishath , Ongole: This parishat in commemoration of the Late NT RamaRao, is held each year on January 18th(Death anniversary of NTR) for a week at Ongole. In addition to full length dramas, one hour padya natikalu (on any theme) will be staged. Scrutiny and prize are similar to above mentioned parishaths.

Pantham Padmanadham Memorial nataka parishat, kakinada: This was started in memory of pantham padmanabham Ex MLA and a popular leader. This is organized by his sons and and friends. In this parishath, full length padya natakams will be staged and cash prizes and awards are given similar to above mentioned parishaths.

Jakka Ranga Reddy memorial Nataka Parishath, Nellore: This parishath is held in memory of late Jakka raga Reddy, a land lord and drama lover, by his sons each year in September. In this parishath, one hour padya natikalu (based on any theme) will be staged with the condition that at least one scene therein should consist of 5 actors on stage out of which minimum 3 should render padyams. The selection of natikalu is made through scrutiny. Cash prizes and other awards are given as per the decision of the committee.



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