Pracheena Sampradhaya Natya Nataka Mandram - Thepperumanallur
Thepperumanalur, a small ancient village with a population of about 10000 people, situated near kumbakonam of Thanjavur District and it is very near to famous Uppiliappan Temple and Raghusthalam Thirunageswaram. This village was once called “Dhevarajapuram” and Dhakshinakanchi”.
The famous “Annadhana Sivari” who was born and lived in this village., was adored by Sri Sri Paramacharya Chandrasekara saraswathi swamigal of kanchi kamakoti peetam. The village is famous due to the performance of Pracheena Sampradhaya natya natakas, a set of bhagavatha mela dramas conducted at varadharaja perumal sannadhi since more than 300 years. Once sarabhoji maharaja of thanjavur had summoned the people of these drama artists to perform the praklatha charitharam drama at this palace at thanjavur. But they refused due to the traditional principles. While the artists performing the drama at palace based on the order of Maharaj , they found lot of scorpions (in tamil, it is called “Thel”) in the drama costume baggage. From onwards, the name of this village is being called “Thelperumanallur or Thepperumanallur”. After that they conducted the drama in this village itself.
Originally, the bhagavatha mela dance dramas were conducted by the village artists, containing ten dramas such as praktha charithram ( two days) , Rukmangatha charithram, Ambarisha charithram, devaki Kalyanam, Krishnavathararam, kamsa vadham, usha Bharaniyam , seetha kalyanam and rukmini kalyanam,. Now due to financial constraints and also migration of artist’s families to different parts of India, only two dramas including the main drama namely “praklatha charithram, and rukmini kalyanam are being performed during Narasimha jayanthi day, without break in the last more than 300 years. The yester year generation headed by late Sri T.V. Natesa Bhagavathar, follwed by Late Sri N . Muthumani Iyer had conducted the dramas, had been honoured the prestigious “kalaimamani” award by the Tamil nadu Government for his services on bhagavatha mela dramas. Now, the dramas are being staged under the guidance of Sri N. Narashimhan, Retired Railway Employee, the son of Late Sri T.V. Natesa Bhagavathar and well versed with these dance dramas and he is assisted by Thepperumanallur Sri N. Ramachandran who is taking care the music section with a set of prominent bhagavathas and Sri. M. Kalyanaraman is assisting in training the drama artists.
The specialty of this “Praklatha Charithram” dance drama, is handled by three languages, which includes songs (dhipathai) in telegu language, Slokams in Sanskirit taken from Bhagavatham and dialogues in Tamil. The highlight of this drama is conversation between Praklatha & Hiranya at the climax scene before the Narasimha avatharam, is adored by lot of devotees from all over India who gathered here to watch this beautiful dance drama.
Apart from varadharaja perumal temple, vedhanthanayaki sametha sri viswanatha swami temple and Kaliamman temple where kaliamman Utsavam and Theemidhi utsavam are being performed every year during the tamil month panguni, are adding famous to this village.
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Pracheena sampradhaya Natya Nataka Mandram Agraharam Thepperumanallur , Kumbakonam, 612 206
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