ChintaamaNi

Sudhakar Chelikani (sudha@spectre.med.yale.edu)
Wed, 10 Jul 1996 11:09:01 -0400 (EDT)


I recently happened to come across a reference to the slightly maligned
play ChintaamaNi.  Consequently, I mulled over the topic for some time,
and recollected three instances that I had seen it.  

The first was a dramatization by a local group in Kakinada, done with much
enthusiasm, but with little flair.  

The second was by 'SankaraabharaNam' J.V.Somayaajulu's brother (I can't
remember his name of the top of my head, though I remember some trivia: he
is known for playing Gireesam; played a role in a movie where he was the
main lead and G sang for him).  This enactment was more professional and
theatrically superior, but bordered on the vulgar, with bawdy dialogue
between Subbisetty and ChintaamaNi.  

The third, is the movie with NTR and Bhaanumathi.  It is a substantially 
sanitized version than the stage plays, but I best remember it for G's 
wonderful verses.  

Regards,
Sudhakar.  

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