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‘Allasani Peddana’ bags Golden Garuda

A.D. RANGARAJAN

All India Theatre Festival concludes, with ‘Allasani Peddana’ bagging the coveted award.

Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

Winning team Artistes from Young Men’s Happy Club receiving the Golden Garuda award from D.K. Adikesavulu.

The 54th All India Theatre Festival 2009 came to a grand close last week, with Allasani Peddana, a mythological play by The Young Men’s Happy Club of Kakinada, walking away with the ‘Garuda award’, the rolling shield and a cash prize of Rs.30000. Similarly, Evaro Okaru by Helapuri Cultural Association of Eluru bagged the award among social plays.

The nine-day event, jointly conducted by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) and Sri Venkateswara Natyakala Parishat, concluded with a glittering prize distribution function, when the TTD chairman D.K. Adikesavulu gave away the dazzling statuette of Garuda to the winning team. Theatre artist-turned-politician, N. Sivaprasad, who is presently the MP from Chittoor, was the chief guest.

The prize winners are as follows:

Mythological plays: Allasani Peddana (first prize) and Jeevanmruthudu by Sri Kalaprakasam, Ongole (second prize). D.S.P. Rao, who portrayed the role of the protagonist in Allasani Peddana won the best actor award, while Meegada Ramalinga Swamy as Aswathama came second. Anuradha won the best actress award for her role in Uttara Ramayanam, followed by Aruna Kumari in Tarasasankam. J. Arjun (best comedian), A.V. Naidu (best villain), P. Lakshmi Gunasekhar (best story) and C.V. Sivaprasad (best direction) were the other winners.

Social plays: Evaro Okaru (first prize) and Kotha Sainyam by JP Theatres, Hyderabad (second prize). Trinatha Rao won the best actor award for his serious role in Devudu Daga Chesadu, while M.V. Rajarshi came second for Evaro Okaru. Lakshmi struck gold with her effective portrayal in Asalu Nenu, followed by Mani Bala in Kshatagatra Ganam among the actresses. The other winners were Poorna (best villain), Ramakrishna (best story) and Md. Khajavali (best direction).

Playlets: Putradiccheth by Srikala Prakasam (Ongole) and Sati Sumati won the first and second prizes respectively among the playlets. K. Janardhana Rao and C.V. Prasad won the first and second best actor awards, Sumati and Indira Devi won the first and second prizes among the actresses, while C.K. Venkateswara Rao (best comedian), Sarada Prasanna (best story) and Dalavai Sudhakar (best director) shared the honours.

The portrayal of Sakuni fetched M. Arjun Rao (Hyderabad) the first prize in mono-action category, followed by Anjaneyulu (Nellore) for the role of Anjaneya. Raja of Chodavaram and Sundaram of Tirupati won prizes in the light music category.

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