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‘Ashtavadhanam' impresses one and all

Staff Reporter



At ease!:M. Aparna (left) and P. Naga Shanti Swaroopa at the ‘ashtavadhanam' organised in Vijayawada on Saturday.

VIJAYAWADA: Two women — Muppavarapu Aparna and Pullabhatla Naga Shanti Swaroopa — mesmerised the student audience with their dexterity at ‘Ashtavadhanam' (multi-tasking skill in literature) here on Saturday.

The duo won the accolades with their one and half hour performance at a programme organised by Sri Vasavi Kanyakaparameswari Vignana Vedika.

One of the ‘pruchhakas' V.V. Bhanu Murthy welcomed the gathering. Once the prucchakas were in place, Mr. Bhanu Murthy invited the ‘avadhanis' on to the stage, and for the next one and half hours the audience witnessed the amazing expertise of the duo.

They came up with poems with good speed and as per the norm (chandobaddhamu), based on the queries, requests, and themes put forward by the ‘prucchakas'.

The audience was awestruck with their ability in ‘ghanta nadam' (a kind of sign language). In ‘ghanta nadam', one of the ‘avadhanis' has to tell the sentence written by Ghanta naada pruchhaka in code language and the other one has to decode it.

A big round of applause was witnessed when Ms. Aparna decoded the sounds made by Ms. Swaroopa on a plate with a spoon. And it was turn of audience to ask. They were spellbound when Ms. Swaroopa decoded their sentence and said: “Janta kavayitrilaki abhivandanam.”

Mr. Bhanu Murthy tried to distract the concentration and absorption of the avadhanis with his ‘aprasthuta prasangam' (unnecessary talk). Notwithstanding, Ms. Aparna's witty answers made the audience burst into peels of laughter.

Another interesting skill was telling the day, when date was told. “What day was January 1, 2005?” was a question from Dakshayani, Vaara gnanam pruchhaka. The duo immediately replied: Saturday. The Prucchhakavargam consisted of Dhulipala Mahadevamani (Nishiddhakshari), mentor of Avadhani duo, J. Chalapathi Rao (Samasyapuranam), S. Venkateswara Rao (Dattapadi), Godavarathi Nagaraja (Varnana), S.P. Muralikrishna Sarma (Nysthakshari), Bhanu Murthy (Aprasthuta prasangam).

Vedika convener Singamsetti Peda Brahmam, co- convener Gunda Gangadhar, committee members S. Radhakrishna Murthy and V. Nageswara Rao were present.

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