Badarika Vanam

Telugu -2010

Written & Directed : G Udayabhanu

Mahasutha Soma Jataka, the last tale of Jataka tales, written centuries ago lends itself so aptly to comment about the present day social situation. The story is dramatized, without any significant changes, to make a serious critique of the present day  politics. Set in the ancient times, using powerful music and imagery , the play had impressed the audience, both literate and illiterate.

BulliPette Boochadu

Telugu- 2009

Wr & Directed : G Udayabhanu

The irresponsible and unscrupulous methods the so called fourth pillar, The media, both print and electronic, adapt to improve their circulation and the TRP ratings is the focus of this play. The death of a teenage girl in a freak accident is blown out of proportion and sensationalized, without any regard to the facts. In the process the parents of the girl are harassed and their lives turned topsy turvy.

Moodokannu

Telugu -2008

Wr &Direced : G Udayabhanu

Bhoodevi, the Goddess Earth asks a boon from Lord Siva, to see that there is no crime committed on earth. And Siva allows it and total chaos ensues on the earth, where the entire machinery is oriented at crime and prevention. The play done in a folk format is a satire on the contemporary society, where crime is rule than an exception.

Anjigadu

Telugu – 2007

Wr& Direced : G Udayabhanu

Anjigadu is the Telugu adaptation of the play Azeer, written by Smt Mahaswetha Devi in Bengali. The play juxtaposes the plight of a bonded labor and that of the wife of the landlord who owns the bonded labor. The play, done in a non realistic form is serious comment on the society where the women and the rural poor are treated.

O Cine Bhasmasura

Telugu- 2006

Wr& Direced : G Udayabhanu

The play “ The Man Who Came to Dinner” written by Hart and Kaufman is adapted and staged in the year 1993.The play was popular success at that time. The play is revived and successfully staged at Hyderabad in February 2006

Memu Atavikulam

Telugu -2006

Written : DV Sridhar

Directed: Swapan Mondal

“Memu Atavikulam” is play about environment protection with children as the target audience.

In a non realistic form the play explores the problem, that is facing the mankind: global warming. It uses simple imagery and symbolic characters to narrate a fable to children, to bring awareness among the children about the environmental degradation that is causing the global warming.

Behula Ek Nadi Ka Naam

Hindi -2006

Wr & Direced by Swapan Mondal

Mahaswetha Devi’s story “ Behula Ek Nadir Naam” is dramatized and directed by Sri Swapan Mondal. The play deals with the tribal people, who are being exploited by the non tribal money lenders. The play is performed in the month of July 2006. at Rail Nilayam is appreciated by one and all. The play done in Hindi is later performed at ELS / Lalaguda open air auditorium.

Azeer

Hindi -2005

Written & Directed : Swapan  Mondal

Mahaswetha Devi story of the same title is adapted in to Hindi. It is about the plight of bonded labor and is juxtaposed to that of the land lord’s wife. The play is a depiction of the Indian rural society, where the women are no different from the bonded labor.

Udutha Ramayanam

Telugu – 2004

Written & Directed : G Udayabhanu

Udutha Ramayanam is based Sri BV Karanth’s kannada play. Ramayana from the point of view of a udutha (squirrel), who helps Rama in her own humble way to build the bridge on the ocean to reach Lanka to defeat Ravana. The play comments about the plight of the children and the pressures the parents exert on the children

Maryada Ramanna

Telugu -2004

Written : Nyayapathi Raghava Rao,

Directed : DV Sridhar

“Maryada Ramanna” a children’s play written by Sri Nyayapathi Raghavarao, popularly known as Radio Annayya. He is a pioneer in Children’s Theatre movement in Andhra Pradesh. On the occasion of his birth centenary a competition plays written by him was held.

DROUPADI
Telugu – 2003
Director: Udaya Bhanu

The play is produced with financial assistance from Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. It is done with inputs from Veedhinatakam, a popular folk theatre form of AP. Droupadi Vastrapaharanam the episode of Mahabharatham is reinterpreted from a feministic point of view.

ESUROMANI MANUSHULUNTE
Telugu – 2001
Written & Directed by: Udaya Bhanu

The play is about a country where the people never see the light of the day. The ruler, who rules the country according to his whims and fancies is dethroned by the by his own foolishness.

DIBBA DESAM DATAAKA
Telugu – 2000
Director: Udaya Bhanu

Hattamala ke Us Paar is adapted in to Telugu. The play is staged in rural areas of AP. Not only the play is thoroughly enjoyed by the people but it initiated a debate among them.

HATTAMALA KE US PAR
Hindi 1999
Director: Udaya Bhanu
Writer: Badal Sircar

It is about two thieves entering Utopia. They find that their trade has no place in that country, since everything is available just for the asking. The play won Best Play award in Rail Natyotsav, All India Railway Hindi Drama Competitions.

NANDANAVANAM
Telugu – 1998
Witten & Directed by: Udaya Bhanu

The play is commissioned by People’s Initiative Network, an NGO, working with slum dwellers of Twin Cities. Folk tale is adapted to express the problem of displacement of the slum dwellers by the city fathers. The play is the product of a workshop with slum dwellers.

NAGAMANDAL
Hindi – 1998
Director: Udaya Bhanu
Writer: Girish Karnad

Using only two actors and with about 14 girls doing different roles as lamps, chorus, crowd etc. the play is done a stylized manner.

INSAAN HO THO LEEK SE HATO
Hindi – 1997
Director: Udaya Bhanu
Writer: Bertolt Brecht

An Adaptation of Brecht’s “Exception and the Rule”. The songs in the play are set to some popular tunes from Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh.

CHARANADASU
Telugu – 1997

Written & Directed by: Udaya Bhanu

An adaptation of Habeeb Tanveer’s Charan Das Chor. The play won 3 Nandi awards in 1998 as second best play, and for its Music and Direction. The play was performed in many places in AP.

RAJ DARSHAN
Hindi – 1996
Director: Udaya Bhanu
Writer: Manoj Mitra

The production is done by adopting some folk elements of Chindu Bhagotham, a vibrant folk form of Andhra Pradesh.

CHARANDAS CHOR
Hindi – 1996
Director: Udaya Bhanu
Writer: Habeeb Tanveer

Habeeb Tanveer’s play based on a Rajasthani folk tale is another important production in Bhoomika’s career. A functional set design, simple costumes and properties along with popular Bhojpuri folk tunes used in the play have helped in reinterpreting the ancient folktale to the contemporary audience.

SUBBARAO KI SHAHADATH
Hindi – 1995
Written & Directed : Udaya Bhanu

An adaptation of Slavomir Mrozec’s polish play “Martyrdom of Peter Ohey” is about the relation of an average citizen vis-à-vis the Government. It is one of the important productions of the group.

TELLA SUNNA
Telugu – 1994
Director: Naripatta Raju
Writer: V.Rajeev

The Caucasian Chalk Circle is the first ever major work of Bertolt Brecht to be produced in Telugu. The production is set in an open hall with audience sitting on both sides of the acting area. The music and the production style have been successfully blended to take Brecht to the audience.

ARUNA
Telugu – 1994
Director: Naripatta Raju
Writer: V.Rajeev

Gudipati Venkata Chalam is one of the greatest Telugu writers. His literature is known for his concern for women. “Aruna” a novel, one of his important works is adapted to stage and made into a successful production.

O CINE BHASMASURA
Telugu – 1993
Written and Directed by: Udaya Bhanu

A hilarious comedy set in a realistic back ground, the play is about the popular craze for celebrities and getting eventually disillusioned when seen from close quarters. Based on Hart & Kaufman’s “ The man who came to dinner”. The production is a popular success.

CHAWANNY
Hindi – 1993
Written and Directed by: Udaya Bhanu

A touching play about poor rural folk dealt in a lighter vein written by Ganesh Pathro is adapted into Deccani dialect, spoken in Hyderabad.

DAMMIT KATHA ADDAM THIRIGINDI
Telugu – 1993
Director: Chatla Sri Ramulu
Writer: Yendamuri Veerendranath

An adaptation of Peter Shafer’s “Black Comedy”. Yendamuri Veeren- dranath’s successful adaptation and an innovative design has made the hilarious comedy a popular success among Telugu speaking audience.

ANDHER NAGARI
Hindi – 1993
Director: Udaya Bhanu
Writer: Bharatendu Harischandra

Bharatendu Harischandra has written the play during the days of freedom struggle. In this play a popular folk tale is very successfully used to ridicule the foreign rule. The present production successfully attempted to reinterpret the play to the contemporary audience.

SWATHANTHRA SAMARA BHERI
Telugu – 1993
Written & Directed by: Udaya Bhanu

Produced on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations of Quit India movement, the play uses the popular songs written during the days of freedom struggle. It celebrates the lives of those heroes and heroines who are lesser known to the present generation. With music, dance, slides, commentary and audio clippings… the play is a documentary, celebrating the freedom movement.

PUTHRA KAAMESTHI
Hindi – 1992
Written & Directed by: Udaya Bhanu

A very popular Telugu play written by Ganesh Pathro is about family planning. The target audiences for this play are the under privileged section of the rural society. The script and the deft handling of the production have succeeded in getting the message through.

MAHANAGARAM
Telugu – 1991
Director: Udaya Bhanu
Writer: D. S. N. Murthy

The troubles of the citizens’ of concrete jungles are the subject matter of the play. Using folk tunes the play is performed in streets and public parks.

YAMARAJ BOLE SOU SAL JIYO
Hindi – 1991
Written & Directed by: Udaya Bhanu

The play aims at propagating better awareness about industrial safety among workers. The production’s novelty is its innovative use of communication skills of performers through their bodies and voices. The popular folk tunes used in the play’s narration has added to the production’s richness.

GANDHI DARSHAN
Telugu – 1991
Director: Udaya Bhanu
Writer: Dr. C. Narayana Reddy

Based on Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology and his concern about society, the play is produced in a lawn with audience sitting on three sides . The various episodes are linked with songs and choreography.

58 NOT OUT
Hindi – 1991
Written & Directed by: Udaya Bhanu

A person after leading a very active life for 58 years, suddenly feels useless, ignored and depressed after his retirement from his employment. The play is set in a realistic locale and dealt in a lighter vein.

JOR LAGA KE HAISSA
Hindi – 1991
Director: Udaya Bhanu
Writer: Md Abdulla

“Rayi” a very popular Telugu play by A. Gopala Raju, is about the exploitation of the under privileged section of the rural society by the village lords with the active involvement of the establishment. The Deccani adaptation of this play is produced in theatrical style.

EMO GURRAM EGARA VACHU
Telugu – 1991
Director: Udaya Bhanu
Writer: Jagannath

“Manus Navanche Bet” is one of the earlier plays of Vijay Tendulkar. It was adapted into Telugu 3 decades ago. A touching play about an average youth’s struggle to live fighting against so many odds.

KISSAA EK AJNABHI LAASH KA
Hindi – 1990
Director: Udaya Bhanu
Writer: Md. Afzaluddin

The play is a Deccani adaptation of a popular Telugu play by M.Diwakar Babu. Set in a realistic locale, the play is a satire on the total lack of human values in the contemporary society.

MAREECHIKA
Telugu – 1990
Director: Udaya Bhanu
Writer: Sivajee

Produced under Sangeetha Nataka Akademi’s scheme of “Assistance to Young Theatre Workers”, the play is a pungent comment on the public institutions like Judiciary, Executive, Legislature… which lost their relevance to the common man. The play extensively used the folk tunes popular in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh.

CHAL CHAL GURRAM
Telugu – 1989
Director: Udaya Bhanu
Writer: Tanikella Bharani

A breezy comedy written by Tanikella Bharani about alcoholism in middle class families. The play is very popular in Andhra Pradesh.

KAKIBANGARAM
Telugu – 1989
Director: Udaya Bhanu
Writer: S. Hanumantha Rao

An adaptation of Vijay Tendulkar’s Marathi play “Pahije Jathiche” is the first major production. The play performed in non realistic and functional set, is about the struggle of the youth trying to adjust and succeed in a society with its archaic beliefs and norms.

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