Veedhi Natakam



  • A form of rural theater in the southern Indian state of AndhraPradesh, where the tradition can be traced back at least as far asthe 16th century. The name means 'street drama'. The travelling playersperform in any open space, such as the square in front of a temple,with the acting area surrounded by rugs and mats for the spectators.The audience is segregated by sex. Songs are performed to the accompanimentof a harmonium and tabla (drums), although film music has virtuallyreplaced traditional folk melodies.