Hyderabad: For over 135 years, onstage live performances have been Surabhi (also known as Sri Venkateswara Surabhi Theatre) group’s thing. But the pandemic changed all of it and the artists couldn’t perform live for their audience.
Now, the group is geared up to play for their audience once again in Ravindra Bharathi for four days from July 7 to 10.
The plays will be performed by Sri Vinayaka Natya Mandali, Bhanodaya Natya Mandali, Sri Sarada Vijaya Natya Mandali and Sri Vijaya Bharathi Natya Mandali.
In addition, a national conference on music, dance and drama will be held on July 22, 23 and 24. Attempts are being made to publish three essay volumes on musical dance plays.
Formed in 1885 in a village called Sorugu (later became Surabhi) in Kadapa district in Andhra Pradesh, Surabhi theatre artists were pioneers in dramas. They also inspired many great movies like Paatala Bhairavi, Bhakta Prahlada and Maya Bazaar through their fantasy dramas in those days.
The socio-fantasy stories that they present on stage – mostly based on mythology – that involve amazing graphics employed by the group were a major attraction to the young and the old alike.
After the formation of Telangana state, there have been several activities undertaken by the Department of Language and Culture to encourage artists in the state.
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