Veteran performer of multifaceted roles

Veteran performer of multifaceted roles
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Rajamahendravaram, the cultural capital of Andhra Pradesh \'is the hub of many musicians, dancers, artistes, scholars, singers etc. Many cultural organizations host programmes in some part of the city every day.  

Kameswara Suryanarayana

Rajamahendravaram, the cultural capital of Andhra Pradesh 'is the hub of many musicians, dancers, artistes, scholars, singers etc. Many cultural organizations host programmes in some part of the city every day.

This historical city is the birth place of stage plays and playlets. The first stage play was written and presented by noted social reformer Kandukuri Veeresalingam Pantulu.

Turaga Kameswara Suryanarayana, a stage artiste of the city, proved his mettle by portraying various characters in many stage plays over six decades.

In addition to bagging many awards given by various organisations he was recently honoured with Kandukuri Visista Puraskaram by Legislative Assembly speaker Dr Kodela Siva Prasad.

Suryanarayana performed his first stage play 'Pillala Kattubatu' in the year 1954, while studying eighth standard and since then there was no looking back for him. Later, he obtained job in Central Tobacco Research Institute (CTRI) and continued acting until his retirement in the year 2001.
Speaking to The Hans India, he said his character 'Chavalaiah' in Bhajantrilu was written by noted director Jandhayala. Recalling his earlier plays, Suryanarayana said that he has acted in Radhachakralu, Vytalikudu, Potti Sriramulu, Telugu Velugu, Gayyaleeyam, Kaza, Asrayam, Pranam Khareedu, and other stage plays.

Suryanarayana says that the female character in Gayyaleeyam received appreciation from the audience. Commenting on the present scenario, he said staging programmes have become costlier and an amount of Rs 25,000 is required just for rehearsals alone.

“Female artistes today should be paid Rs 3,000 for performing in stage plays,” he added and expressed the view that the government should come forward to encourage stage plays and playlets.

By SS Chary

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