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What Is Chintamani Natakam?

What Is Chintamani Natakam?

 

Earlier this year, the Andhra Pradesh government banned a 100-year-old play named ‘Chintamani Padya Natakam’

  • Chintamani Padya Natakam’ was written in 1920 by playwright Kallakuri Narayana Rao, who was also a social reformer.
  • The play is about Chintamani, a courtesan and a devotee of Lord Krishna, who finds salvation by singing bhajans.
  • She is courted by Subbi Shetty, a businessman from the Arya Vysya community, who loses his wealth and family due to his attraction to Chintamani.
  • The original play had a social message, but over the years, it has been modified purely for entertainment.
  • Much of the play sees central character Subbi Shetty made fun of, especially for losing all his wealth to his vices.
  • The Arya Vysya community has been petitioning governments for several years to ban the play, saying it portrays them in a negative light.
  • The play is exhibited across the state, mainly in rural areas, during festivals and fairs.
  • After reviewing the contents of the play, the state government had banned it on January 17 this year.

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