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Chintamani Padya Natakam

  • IASbaba
  • February 11, 2022
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Chintamani Padya Natakam

Part of: Prelims and GS-I Culture

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

What is Chintamani 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.

Objection

  • 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.

News source: IE

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