Prayogam Theatre Group pays tribute to senior journalist GLN Murthy and hopes to have interaction the viewers with totally different content material

How usually will we see theatre teams honour a critic/cultural reporter by way of a theatre competition? Hyderabad-based Prayogam Theatre Group’s ongoing nationwide theatre competition is a tribute to senior journalist GLN Murthy who handed away not too long ago resulting from COVID-19. “Theatre directors and actors are always recognised but there is no place for critics. We thought this is a good opportunity to recognise GLN Murthy, and celebrate his passion for theatre. He was also a member of our group and an inspirational figure,” says Siva Prasad Tumu, who based the group along with his pals. Siva Prasad and Venkat Naresh Burla, assistant professor, Department of Performing Arts, Central University of Jharkhand are competition administrators.

The 12-day on-line nationwide theatre competition from September 5 to 16 started with Aao Sathi Sapna directed by Bollywood lyricist and singer Swanand Kirkire. Apart from Hindi and English performs, the competition additionally options Gujarati, Telugu and non-verbal performs in gibberish. Interestingly, the Telugu performs are experimental ones. Siva Prasad, assistant professor on the division of Dramatics in University of Rajasthan calls it a medley from throughout India. He says, “We have tried to incorporate different styles, performances, stories and languages. That’s how a critic like GLN Murthy would have liked it. We also want to force the audience to look at different content.”

Directed by Rajiv Velicheti, a multilingual play Yavanavvanam (based mostly on a Telugu story written by Chalam) was additionally staged. Siva Prasad, who had an extended affiliation with GLN Murthy remembers, “He (GLN Murthy) told me that Telugu theatre was stuck at one point and should come out of it and borrow from other languages and production houses. We have kept that in mind when inviting new directors. Telugu audiences are habituated to look at theatre in a way. This festival will engage them with fresh perspectives,”

Siva Prasad observes this on-line theatre competition is a chance for theatre practitioners to remain related and proceed their exercise. “Many-a-time a good play is lost as it reaches only a limited audience. Here we can have the maximum reach and keep alive a vibrant art form,” he provides.

The performs being streamed are recorded performances and are uploaded without spending a dime on; the hyperlink to every play is open for twenty-four hours after it goes on-line.


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