Curated by Leela Samson

Bhamakalapam/Navajanardana parijatham, is a story about Sri Krishna and Satyabhama. Satyabhama is a distinct prabandha nayika (key female protagonist) in Telugu literature. The role of Satyabhama as Krishna’s consort counters the tradition of featuring Radha as the companion, which is prevalent in the other regions. In Nattuva mela tradition, the Bhamakalapam was performed for nine nights outside the temple and thus was called Navajanardana Parijatham. Earlier it was performed for nine consecutive nights at Kunti Madhava Temple by Late Smt. Pendyela Satyabhama and artistes from the same family of Pithapuram.

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