Recently, from Jan 18th to Jan24th 2009, Nandi Nataka Parishath 2008(నంది నాటక పరిషత్తు) was held in Nellore. This is a prestigious event conducted by Government of Andhra Pradesh every year. Ten best natakams in each of the category (Padya natakam, Sanghika natakam, Sanghika natika) will be selected for the final performance,which will be held in a different place every year.The most recent event was conducted in Potti Sriramulu Nellore district.

The first prize (బంగారు నంది) in the పద్య నాటకం category was awarded to “ప్రథమ స్వాతంత్ర్య మహా సంగ్రామం 1857”. This padya natakam was staged by Sri Saibaba Natya Mandali of Vijayawada.The second prize in the పద్య నాటకం category was awarded to “అల్లసాని పెద్దన”. This padyanatakam was staged by The Young Mens Happy Club of Kakinada.

The first prize in the సాంఘిక నాటకం category was awarded to “బొమ్మలు చెప్పిన భజగోవిందం”. This Sanghika Natakam was staged by Suchitra Arts of Hyderabad. The second prize in the సాంఘిక నాటకం category was awarded to “జజ్జనకరి..జనారే జనకుజనకు జనారే”. This Sanghika Natakam was staged by New Star Modern Theatres of Vijayawada.
The full details of the awards,best actor,best actress can be seen by clicking this link “నంది నాటకోత్సవం 2008

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Jan 28 – 30, 2008 – Hasya Natika Parishath, were held at Tirupathi from 28th to 30th January, 6 Hasya Natikas(less than 1 hour) are staged. More information, hasya natakam videos coming up soon …… stay tuned.

Jan 18 – 24, 2008 – Nandi Natakotsavam is held from January 18 to 24 for the first time in Rajahmundry at Anam Kala Kendram, 32 dramas were selected by the scrutiny committee(breakage below) and 800 artists from all over andhra pradesh are expected to take part in the drama festival. Nandi Natakotsavam videos coming up soon …stay tuned.
In total 192 entries came, 49 were padya natakalu, 45 sanghika natakalu, 98 sanghika natakila out of which 10 padya natakalu, 10 social sanghika natakalu, 12 natikalu were selected by the scrutiny committee

Nandi Natakotsavam 2008 awards
Padya Natakam Vibhagam (Division)
* P & T Cultural Association, Kakinada East Godavari Dist for ‘Bhakta Potana’ received First Prize Gold Nandi and Rs 25,000
* Pallavi Arts, Proddutur, Kadapa district for ‘Bhishma’ padya natakam received Second Prize Silver Nandi and Rs. 20,000

Sanghika Natakam Vibhagam (Social Drama Division)
* Vamsi Niranjan Kala Kendram, Hyderabad for ‘Punaadi’ social drama received first prize Gold Nandi and Rs.20,000
* Arts Co Kala Samstha, APSRTC, Hyderabada for ‘Mrutha Sanjivini’ received second prize Silver Nandi and Rs.15,000

Sanghika Natika Vibhagam (Social Natikalu Division)

* Aravind Arts, Tadepalli, Guntur district for ‘Dwansa Rachana’ received first prize Gold Nandi and Rs.15,000

* Mayuri Arts Creations, Warangal for ‘Rendo Bhartha’ received second prize Silver Nandi and Rs.10,000

Jan 22 Performances
Sri Kala Prakasam samithi, Ongole performed Nartanasala padya natakam,
Aravinda Arts, tadepalli, guntur dist performed ‘Bahu jana hitaya’ social drama
Jaya kalaniketan, vizag performed ‘narakam’ natakam
New Stars Modern Theatre, vijayawada, krishna district presented ‘gili gili gili gili dunta nakka’ social dram
Lalitha kala samithi, kurnool performed ‘Sri krishna abhimanyu’ padya natakam

Jan 21 Performances:
P & T Cultural Association, Kakinada performed ‘Bhakta POtana’ padya natakam
Paper mill cultural association, Rajahmundry performed ‘bottu’ social drama
kalpana kalaniketan, narasarao peta, guntur district presented ‘seshardham’ sanghika natika
Gurajada kala mandir, vijayawada, krishna district staged ‘gabbilam’ social drama
Saarvani fine arts, srikakulam performed ‘rela’ social drama
Amrutha varshini cultural association, hyderabad presented ‘nishi’ social drama

Jan 20 Prformances:
Miryala guda sanskrutika kala kendram, Nalgonda district performed ‘krishna paksham’ padya natakam
Vamsi Niranjan kala kendram, performed social drama ‘Punaadi’
Mayuri Arts creations, warangal, performed ‘rendo bharta’ natika
BDL Cultrual Committee, hyderabad staged social drama ‘Athma soundharyam’
Jaya kalaniketan, vishakhapatnam, presented ‘Srikantha krishnamacharya’ padya natakam

19 Jan Performances:
Udaya Bhaskar Natya mandali cultural association, raajaam, Srikakulam district performed ‘ashwathama’ padya natakam
Idaravalli Arts, Rajahmundry, East godavari dist, presented ‘Santhi yantra’social drama
Nava jyothi arts, kaavali, Nellore dist performed ‘Mrutha yaagam’
Gita kalamandir bharathi associates, tanuku performed ‘raali poni aaku’
sumitra youth association, madhira, khammam dist performed ‘paaduka pattabhishekam’




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