MAHALAKSHMI LADIES DRAMA GROUP CHENNAI was launched in October 1989 and stepped into its Silver Jubilee Year in 2014 with a totally unique presentation of a religious theme based play ‘Sri Bhagavan Naama Bhodendral’.
‘Sri Bhagavan Naama Bhodendral’ is a play that MLDG dedicated to the memory of Shri A Balasubramanian, whom we used to call as Baluli. Husband of Bombay Gnanam, he was our bulwark, our adviser, mentor and prime cheer leader and our Chief Priest who performed the puja before our plays were staged.
‘Sri Bhagavan Naama Bhodendral’ was Baluli’s idea, his passion and his dream. It was given shape by Bombay Gnanam and through this play, the group paid homage and tribute to our dear Baluli.
This play was not been easy to stage. It was a unique concept and required much, much more effort than a social drama needed. The story was based on the popular life of a great guru, the 49th Pontiff of the Kanchi Mutt. He was a guru who gave the simple solution to all the troubles and tribulations that beset us human beings...the chanting of the name of Sri Rama that can wipe away tears, give solutions to insurmountable problems and bring peace of mind to troubled minds. The creating of this drama and telling the tale of the noble soul greatly helped our members in their performances and personal lives.
As one of the 50+performances, the saint’s blessings helped us to stage his story in Govindapuram, Tamil Nadu where his Samadhi is situated. The play was staged as part of the yearly Aradhanai that commemorated his Jayanthi and the show was a great success with not even standing room left for audiences!! This itself was a miracle for us.
In ‘Sri Bhagavan Naama Bhodendral’ MLDG experimented with pre-recorded dialogues and lip syncing on stage by the artists. The story was written by retelling incidents from various sources...and as with legendary personalities there can be different versions about the details of their life. MLDG presented our version with great sincerity, faith and humility.
At the end of fifty and more shows, the audience invariably joined us in chanting ‘Rama Rama, Rama’ and celebrated with joy the life of ‘Sri Bhagavan Naama Bhodendral’!