The enduring Sri Venkateswara Surabhi Theatre strikes on-line with a month-long programme


Theatre group, Sri Venkateswara Surabhi Theatre, Hyderabad, is shifting on-line with a month-long programme


Thirty days, 9 performs and 180 exhibits — a deal with awaits theatre lovers as the enduring Sri Venkateswara Surabhi Theatre walks the digital streaming route. The month-long streaming occasion options two pre-recorded movies of its standard performs every day, with performs similar to Mayabazar, Jai Pathala Bhairavi, Bhakta Prahlada, Sri Krishna Leelalu, Sri Venkateswara Udbhavam and Balanagamma amongst them. The 136-year-old household theatre group collaborates with BookMyShow for this digital chapter.

Struggling to make ends meet, extra so through the pandemic, members of the Surabhi household troupe switched to the digital platform in 2020 and introduced round 15 performs through Zoom and Fb Dwell. Jaya Chandra, a scion of the Surabhi household says, “Producer Shobu Yarlagadda (CEO, Arka Media) despatched a crew to provoke us into the digital platform. Because the performs have been dwell, we confronted a couple of technical glitches and the video high quality was not on top of things.”

Jaya Chandra considered a ‘Dranima’ an idea shared by Mamidi Harikrishna, Director, Division of Tradition and Language, Telangana Authorities that goals to create a ‘cinema expertise’ for Telugu natakam (drama) viewers.

This iconic Hyderabad family theatre group is taking an online streaming route

“He [Harikrishna] questioned if we might shoot performs with a inexperienced matte background in order that it may be broadcast throughout villages. That didn’t occur however we picked up on-line streaming from that concept,” remembers Jaya Chandra including how Achyuth Nagubothu (assistant supervisor, BookMyShow) gave the technical assist and in addition guided them on designing visually enticing posters.

Three excessive definition cameras have been arrange at their house in February at Lingampally, Hyderabad, and the video and modifying have been dealt with by Sanjiv Patel and the crew. Round 30 years in the past, the then Andhra Pradesh Authorities allotted homes to Surabhi artistes at Lingampally, which was named Surabhi Colony.

Adapting to a brand new norm

In the course of the pandemic, greater than 50 households vacated their houses at Public Gardens and shifted to Surabhi colony. Because the Colony is near a loud railway monitor, the taking pictures would happen after 9 pm when the evening fell silent. A two hour-play staged by seasoned theatre artists needed to be shot for six hours owing to quite a few retakes and close-ups for the digital medium. Actors learnt to adapt by making use of much less make-up than what they usually do for a daily play, and the lighting was enhanced with 10 LED lights.

Jaya Chandra remembers how the filming created a full of life environment on the set. “An artiste’s wig got here off throughout a scene in Bhakta Prahlada and the five-minute scene needed to be shot once more. If that had occurred throughout a dwell present, the viewers would have laughed and the play would nonetheless have continued.”

The group spent ₹5 lakh for the web train together with artists’ remuneration. Their readiness to adapt to the newer format and self-discipline is what made it attainable, believes Jaya Chandra. “Our performances by no means relied on the viewers; we had the identical vitality and enthusiasm, whether or not it was for a single particular person or 100 individuals within the viewers. Our efficiency has remained the identical in entrance of a digital camera too.”

He hopes this digital experiment will create extra curiosity in Telugu natakam. “Surabhi theatre lovers can watch the efficiency from anyplace on this planet. Relying on the response, we are able to have new performs each month with newer themes. The following era of Surabhi members can discover this digital choice.”

Sri Venkateswara Surabhi Theatre performs are on until April 27 and tickets are priced at ₹100. For particulars, go to:



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