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The legacy of Sri Vinayaka Natya Mandali (Surabhi) began in 1925. ESTD,1885.

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Rekandar Family: Such a beautiful theatre has got a golden son, he was name of one Sri Rekandar Narasimha Rao, took a tremendous lead to enrich the theatre. He was a good actor, director and organizer. R. Narasimha Rao was the writer of "Pathala Bhairavi" play which is still running in the theatre. His father Koteswar Rao wrote very popular dramas, like Chenchulaxmi, Gunasundari Katha. Even today the old scripts are very standard and having dramatic values. After R. Narasimha Rao's period, the entire theatre was on shoulder of his sons Sri R. Mohan Rao and R. Venu Gopal Rao taking full responsibility and management of Sri Vinayaka Natya Mandali.

R. Narasimha Rao, was not only actor and director and painter and writer. For his best appearance as "Harish Chandra", he was awarded by Rs.5,000/- by the then Chief Minister Late B. Gopal Reddy and also felicitated as "Nata Simha".

He has got ten children – two wives. Savithri Devi and Sarojini Devi. Sarojinamma was daughter-in-law of Rangoon-Parvathamma. She was good "Singer and Actor". Her famous roles were Savithri, Sangu, Yashoda, Rukku, Anasuya etc., has five children – Three male and two were female. Now, the Manager of Sri Vinayaka Natya Mandali Sri Venu Gopal Rao, is son of Sarojinamma, Savrithri Devi has three males and three females. Mr.R. Mohan Rao also the Manager of Sri Vinayaka Natya Mandali is son of Savithri.


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