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Alla Baksh of ‘Harischandra’ fame was awarded Pratibha Puraskar and also staged on the occasion was a play on Partition.

This year’s Pratibha Puraskar of Chatla Sriramulu Theatre Trust went to septuagenarian Loddipalle Alla Baksh Molla, a Telugu verse theatre personality.

He was felicitated at a function organised by the Trust at Surabhi Kala Pranganam, Lalitha Kala Thoranam, last week.

Alla Baksh hails from Kurnool district and was a child prodigy. He took to theatre when he was very young. His maternal grandfather was known for staging Sanskrit and Telugu mythological plays and folk drama. Alla Baksh is particularly known for his portrayal of Harischandra in the play, Satya Harischandra. He also played main roles in many a mythological. His presentation is likened to the style of the late Hari Prasada Rao, a great name of in this field. He launched Sri Andhra Nataka Kala Parishat in 1953 and took part in many verse plays during 55 years of stage life.

Awards galore

Recipient of many prizes, including a golden bracelet at Tanguturu and Dharma Nindhi puraskar of Telugu University, Alla Baksh also served as a judge for Nandi Nataka Mahotsavas for the verse section.

While thanking the Trust, Alla Baksh rendered a verse from Harischandra on the request of the audience.Vamsee Niaranjana Kala Kendram presented a play titled Cheekati Konam, written and directed by B. V. Prasad, who also played the main role of a soldier. The theme has the backdrop of Partition with a woman, Nalini (Vijayarani), as a victim of circumstances. She has to sell her chastity for survival.B. V. Prasada Rao stressed the need for unity. This soldier exposes those passing on defence secrets to the enemy nation. The play also had a comment on terrorism, reflecting the contemporary scene. Vijayavani’s portrayal of Nalini was brilliant. Ramaswamy and M. Venkateswara Rao were in other roles. Prasada Rao gave a laudable portrayal of the soldier.

G.S

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