Vizag To Host National Festival In Commemoration Of Kanyasulkam In August

A great literary feast called Kanyasulkam is going to enthral the people of north coastal Andhra and people from the two Telugu States on August 26 at Vizag and Vijayanagaram.

Visakhapatnam: A two-day national festival to mark the 125th anniversary of the play ‘ Kanyasulkam’ authored by legendary writer late Gurajada Apparao is going to be held in Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram on August 26 and 27. The Mosaic, a Telugu literary organisation in collaboration with the Language and Culture Department of Andhra Pradesh is hosting the event.

As part of celebrations, a host of events will be organised both in Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram. On the eve of the festival, a bronze plaque will be erected at Gurajada’s residence in Vizianagaram. Eminent literary persons from Bengal, Odisha and Assam, besides the Telugu States, will speak on Kanyasulkam and the writings of that age published in their languages.

Lauded as the earliest architect of modern Telugu literature, Gurajada Apparao as early as in 1892 had written ‘Kanyasulkam’ in which he tore into the then prevalent social evil Kanyasulkam (price paid for the bride), apart from many other vices that plagued the Indian society for many centuries then.

The marathon-like play, which is still felt relevant to the contemporary social issues, Kanyasulkam had an indelible mark in the Telugu literary world. Being a long play, its abridged version was played on the stage by many theatre artistes including JV Ramana Murthy. The film version of Kanyasulkam was cast by NT Ramarao, Savithri and many renowned artistes like C.S.R. Anjaneyulu, Gummadi Venkateswara Rao, Suryakantham, Chaya Devi and Hemalatha. Directed by Pullaiah, the movie was a huge success then.

For the first time, Kanyasulkam was played full-length at jam-packed Kalabharathi auditorium in Visakhapatnam on 21 September 2012. This time around the three-hour abridged version would be played at VUDA auditorium. The organisers will also bring out a souvenir.

A poster designed for the occasion was released on Friday at a media conference by the Advisor for the AP State Government Parakala Prabhakar, Language and Culture Department Chief Vijaya Bhaskar and the Commissioner of Information Department S.Venkateshwar.

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