Thursday, March 15, 2012



 

Rekandar Nageswara Rao popularly called as Babji who has been an enterprising young man, actor and director with lots of new ideas for the consolidation and purposeful continuity of the system.
 

Contact Us

Sri Venkateswara Natya Mandali (Surabhi)
# 12-8-236/7/1/2
Surabhi Buildings,
Mettuguda, Hyderabad,
Andhra Pradesh(state), INDIA
PIN : - 500 017
Phone : +91 40 6528 0739
Mobile: +91 9912924723


The honorable PADMA SHREE award from the Govt. of
India Mr. Surabhi Rekandar Nageswara Rao (Babji) received the award from the President of INDIA ,2013
 



SRI VENKATESWARA NATYAMANDALI(SURABHI)
-GROUP OF -
R. NAGESWARA RAO (surabhibabji)padmashree awardy
Recently successfully performed in frace tour







History
The theatre group has inherited a legacy and is considered to be one among the traditional art forms of Andhra Pradesh. Many compare it with Kuchipudi, the traditional dance form of Andhra Pradesh, and say that the Surabhi genre of theatre arts has become the pride of Andhra.
The Surabhi theatre took its roots in the village called Surabhi (originally called Sorugu) in the Kadapa district of AP in the year 1885. “Till then our ancestors were into the art of Tholu Bommalatta (a shadow show using puppets made of leather). In the year 1885, they were invited to host a live drama by the village elders of Surabhi on the occasion of a wedding. Our ancestors transformed the play ‘Keechaka Vadham’ which was till then depicted using leather puppets, to a live drama. That was the beginning of the theatre movement and our family settled down in Surabhi. And that’s how the drama company came to be known as Surabhi Natakalu Company,” says Babji. The Surabhi theatre group is made up of one family and the baton of stage shows has been transferred from one generation to another. What started off in a modest way in 1885 has over 3,000 family members working in the Surabhi theatre at present. Over the years, due to logistic problems, the group has split into a number of smaller theatre groups. Today, there are about five Surabhi Theatre groups in the state and the biggest among them is the Sri Venkateshwara Natya Mandali which was started by R. Venkata Rao, father of Babji, in 1937, in Jimidipeta village of Srikakulam.
The family-run concept makes the theatre company a unique one. A member of the family is probably baptised into the realms of stage acting on the day he or she is born, and the tenure ends with his or her death. “Everything is done within the family. One is taught to act, sing, play some musical item, prepare the sets and handle the lights. It is a family profession and everyone should be an all-rounder. To keep it as a close-knit family, even the marriages are performed within the larger family. Getting into acting does not mean that studies should be neglected. The present generation is well educated and a few of them are doing their M.Phil in theatre arts,” says he. 
The Surabhi theatre is unique in its style when compared to other theatre companies. It’s a genre on its own. Its visual and special effects makes it stand out from the rest. A lot of importance is given to the sets, lighting and special effects.
“Most of our plays are based on mythological stories and Puranas. And that needs creation of huge sets. We have to effectively depict scenes like Vasudeva carrying Lord Krishna across the Yamuna to Gokulam or Krishna taming the five-headed serpent Kalindi or the killing of Kamsa on the stage. The depiction calls for effective costume designs and sets and timely synchronisation of the special effects in combination with the light arrangements,” says Mr. Babji. If Surabhi theatre were to be described in one word, it would be ‘a visual treat’.Despite inheriting a legacy, the Surabhi theatre has been struggling to make both ends meet. The expenditure has gone up by a 1,000 times, but the collection and the patronage has dwindled over the years. “At the moment, to remake a set, the minimum expenditure would be Rs.2 lakhs compared to Rs.2,000 a couple of decades ago. On the contrary, the collections have not improved. Cinema, television and other forms of entertainment have eaten into our medium. In the present day, more than the collections, we need patrons and sponsors. The success of any entertainment show depends on the sponsors. Earlier, it was the Rajahs and Maharajahs who were our sponsors. In the current scenario, we need some support from the corporate world for a decent survival,” laments he. Mr. Babji says that the Surabhi theatre received a fillip from B.V. Karanth, the former Director of National School of Drama, who took the theatre to the national and international audience by conducting national level workshops and exposing Surabhi at various theatre festivals across the country. The theatre also received a boost from the former Director of Department of Culture K.V. Ramanachary and the present Director R. Kavitha Prasad. “Mr. Prasad set up a theatre complex at the Public Gardens in Hyderabad and has allowed us to stage our shows throughout the year,” he informed.
But the ‘boss’ of Surabhi feels that the government has to draw a concrete plan for the survival of the art form, in the long run.

Sri Venkateswara Natyamandali (Surabhi) is a rare institution of family theatre with 65 family members that has unbroken record of 75 years. It is famous for its Padya Natakam (The classical verse play) performances adorned with colorful illusionary backgrounds, sets and trick scenes. The interesting thing about this troupe is that all artists/technicians of this troupe are from one family, dedicated their lives to drama. There are no age limitations or retirements for the artists of this family

Sri Venkateswara Natyamandali (Surabhi) is an institution of family theatre with morethan 65 family members that has unbroken record of 75 years. It is famous for its Padya Natakam (The classical Telugu verse play) performances adorned with colorful illusionary backgrounds, sets and trick scenes. The interesting thing about this troupe is that all artists/technicians of this troupe are from one family, dedicated their lives to Rangastal (Rangmanch/Stage). There are no age limitations or retirements for the artists of this family.


The troup SVNM-Surabhi is a small world by it self. With in-built democratic principles and administration. The families of artists live on the other side of the theatre structure in small apartments built for them. Women and children have always been integral part of its productions. There is a seperate workshop to produce sets and other necessary objects. The artists do moulding, curtain painting, cut-out designs, and other works by themselves. Surabhi takes resource to a lot of gimmicks, recreating old worl charm on stage. The audience witness to their delight, Lord Vishnu materialising on the stage to bless a devotee and Narada traversing through the air, rendering 'Narayana Keertana.' Gatotkacha pours fire in stage and Krishna dances on Kaliya, the five headed sanke.

Children, as they watch their elders’ performance, learn themselves and they are ready to play the role anytime. Almost all artists are technicians too. Women not only play female and male roles too. It would excite the audience that the audience can watch different age groups of artists in the same play that the babies, children, youth, middle aged and old, are all from one family. There are different roles regarding the drama such as making the stage, curtains, stitching, painting, making of the wigs, ornaments, designing costumes, electrical works, lighting works, etc., All these roles are performed by the family.
 Surabhi Parnika Varma D/O Surabhi jayachandra Varma and Harika, She started her performances from her 3rd month



Sri Venkateswara Natya Mandali (Surabhi) is performing at several National and International theatre festivals. Including the shows (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at Lalitha Kala Thoranam(Public Gardens, Nampalli, Hyderabad -Andhra Pradesh) from six years.
The principle of success of the exiting plays is the team work. Audience could see only two artists performing on the stage; but behind the screens, there would be the whole family thats working out to make the instant set on the next scene.



SRI VENKATESHWARA NATYAMANDALI (SURABHI) PARTICIPATED IN NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVALS: viz.,

INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, New Delhi and NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DRAMA jointly conducted and marked as INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL for a fortnight period along with Exhibition in the same time (Exhibition means the weapons, curtains, instruments used by OUR ANCESTORS i.e., nearly 90 to 100 years back) during the year 2010

INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, New Delhi again invited us to participate in MAHABHARATHA FESTIVAL during 2011

Participated in NATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL jointly conducted by NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DRAMA, NEW DELHI and Government of Assam at Tejpur and Gawhati

Participated in NATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL conducted by NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DRAMA, NEW DELHI for a period of 15 days (duly erecting our Temporary Theatre by us in New Delhi)  as we erect at our camp.

PARTICIPATED IN NATIOANL THEATRE FESTIVALS IN INDIA:

New Delhi Redfort, N.S.D., New Delhi, I.G.N.C.A., New Delhi, Bihar, Rajasthan, West Bengal, U.P., Madhya Pradesh, Goa (theatre erected on the sea), Orissa, Bangalore, Chennai, all over India we participated in all the NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVALS.

OUR ORGANISATION RECORD BREAK PERFORMANCES:

Three Dramas each day for three days at EVAM ENTERTAINMENT, Chennai with Rs.1500/- and Rs.1000/- per head ticket (on line booking) with houseful for entire shows.

Three Dramas each day for three days at RANGA SHANKARA, Bangalore with Ticket
Rs.500/- and Rs.300/-per head (on line booking) with houseful collection (Two times participated in BANGALORE in RANGA SHANKARA THEATRE) with three Dramas per day for THREE DAYS

Famous Cine Actors/Actresses participated in our Dramas with us duly making reharssals for one month – performed at our camp and at RAVINDRA BHARATHI, Hyderabad on number of times.

Since seven years we are giving our performances at IN THE VICINITY OF TELUGU LALITHA KALA THORANAM, PUBLIC GARDENS, NAMPALLY, HYDERABAD with the sponsorship of Department of Culture, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad (duly erected our Temporary Theatre with zinc sheets) with ticket and with 65  members of artists belongs to one family group

On the occasion of 125 YEARS OF SURABHI BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS conducted by Kala Foundation, Hyderabad for a period of 10 days daily 300 members participated in the programme.

Our organization SRI VENKATESHWARA NATYA MANDALI (Surabhi) celebrated DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS (75 years) during last month for THREE DAYS during the period of celebrations renowned personalities attended the programme viz.,. Shri B.PRASADA RAO,I.P.S., Chairman and Managing Director, A.P.S.R.T.C., Shri B. VENKATESHAM, I.A.S., Chairman and Managing Director, ANDHRA PRADESH T.V., THEATRE AND FILM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, Dr.K.V.Ramana Chary, I.A.S., (our Chief Advisor), Smt.Suneetha Bhagavathi, I.F.S. Director, Department of Culture, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad and also uncountable officials/non-officials/politicians/M.L.As./M.L.Cs/Ministers attended the programme.





Sri Venkateswara Natya Mandali (Surabhi) involved into new vistas of experimentation with a purpose to put its huge popularity into effective use for addressing social issues in the rural areas of Andhra Pradesh. 
MORE INFORMATION:::::


 Children ARAMGETRAMS with Elders blessings, Culture of SURABHI

Sunday, December 11, 2011

SURABHI DRAMA THEATRE



127 YEARS FAMILY BASED THEATRE GROUP
Donate Us
Donate to SVNMSurabhi
If you wish to support SVNMSurabhi and let the traditional theatre to survive, please reach us through the below phone/email.
Phone : +91 40 6528 0739
Mobile: +919949026386 & 98490 26386 &
Email : rnageswararao.surabhi@gmail.com
Surabhi theatre
Sri Venkateswara Natya Mandali (Surabhi)
telugu lalithakalathoranam
Pubcil gardens
Nampally
Hyderabad
Andhra Pradesh(state), INDIA
Postal Address
Director,
Sri Venkateswara Natya Mandali (Surabhi)

# 12-8-236/7/1/2
Surabhi Buildings,
Mettuguda, Hyderabad,
Andhra Pradesh(state), INDIA
PIN : - 500 017
Desclaimer:
All the donations would be drawn against:
SREE VENKATESWARA NATYAMANDALI  SURABHISOCIETY
H.No. 12-8-236/7/1/2, Surabhi Buildings,
Mettuguda,
Secunderabd,
Andhra Pradesh (state),
INDIA. PIN: 500 017


The honorable award from the Govt. of India:
Sangeet Natak Akademi (New Delhi) Puraskar - 2012
Mr. Surabhi Rekandar Nageswara Rao (Babji) received the award from the vulnerable President of INDIA on 9th-Oct-2012.

 It is not simply recognizing a person. It is recognizing the culture, art, and a system that is surviving from past 125 years despite of the challenges to survive.
  ADITYA VIKRAM BIRLA KALASHIKHAR PURASKAR received the award from Hon'ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra SHRI PRITHVIRAJ CHAVAN


   French Minister for Culture, AurĂ©lie Filipetti, and Indian Embassy officer witnesses Bhakta Prahlada by Sri Venkateshwara Natya Mandali Surabhi in Passages Festival in Metz (France)