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A literary treat

Ashtavadhanam was performed by two eminent poets Kadimella Varaprasad and Vaddiparthi Padmakar recently.

The programme was a real feat for the avadhanies

As part of the ‘Sataroopa’ festival held at the Ghatasala Pranganam of Ravindra Bharati, Ashtavadhanam was performed by two eminent poets Kadimella Varaprasad and Vaddiparthi Padmakar. Varaprasad had in his company eight pruchakas (questioners), who asked questions on various topics in the formats of Nishiddakshari, Samasya, Vystakshari, Dattapadi, Asuvu, Kavyapathanam, Aprastuta Prasangam and Varnana. All these words reveal what kind of a question an Avadhani would be asked. Aprastuta Prasangam is the only feature that provides relief among these formats. In this case, humorist Sankaranarayana was doing that job. Even Avadhani Varaprasad recited some verses with humour. The subjects had a wide range - from classics and romance, social and political issues to recitations from kavyas and epics. Varaprasad’s answer to each of the questioners received good applause.

There was a poem about an apsarasa taking to politics. The rendition of a verse from a particular chapter and situation in Allasani Peddana’s Manucharitra, Varaprasad wove verses extempore in the form of answers to all the questioners. The Nishiddakshari, is the most difficult section of Avadhanam that demands memory but for. Varaprasad this was a cake walk.

Vaddiparthi Padmakar of Eluru too presented another Ashtavadhanam on the following day. It had the same kind of set-up but with a different set of scholars on the stage as pruchakas. Padmakar is known even to perform Avadhanas in Sanskrit and Hindi. He proved brilliant in Varnana and compared flower to a woman (Inti-Chamanthi).

G.S.

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