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This film deals with the Virata Parvam (Book of Virata) of the epic Mahabharatam dictated by Vyasa Maharshi.


Samudrala Raghavacharya (adaptation), Samudrala Raghavacharya (dialogue)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Savitri ... Draupadi / Malini (Sairandhri)
Taraka Rama Rao Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Nandamuri ... Arjuna / Bruhannala
Rajagopal Dandamudi Rajagopal Dandamudi ... Bheema / Valaludu
S.V. Ranga Rao S.V. Ranga Rao ... Keechakudu
Mikkilineni Mikkilineni ... Dharmaraju / Kanku Bhattu
Relangi Venkatramaiah Relangi Venkatramaiah ... Uttara Kumarudu
Mukkamala Mukkamala ... Viraata Raju
Rajanala Rajanala ... Duryodhana
L. Vijayalakshmi L. Vijayalakshmi ... Uttara
Sandhya ... Sudheshna
Dhulipala Dhulipala
Prabhakar Reddy Prabhakar Reddy ... Karna
Suryakantham Suryakantham
Kanchanamala Kanchanamala ... (guest role)
Allu Ramalingaiah Allu Ramalingaiah ... Valatulya


This film deals with the Virata Parvam (Book of Virata) of the epic Mahabharatam dictated by Vyasa Maharshi.

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11 October 1963 (India) See more »

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Nartanasala See more »

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Fascinating! Movie making at its best.
5 January 2006 | by ravindragadeSee all my reviews

Possibly the best movie I ever saw, Narthanasala (Virata Parvam or the Book of Virata from the Mahabharatha) tells the story of the Pandavas final year of exile.

Having lost the game of dice against their Kaurava cousins, the five Pandava brothers and their wife Draupadi must spend 13 years in exile - 12 in vanvas (life in the forest) and the thirteenth in agnatvas (open but incognito living.) They enter the court of King Virata under various disguises - the two prominent are Arjuna as Bruhannala, the eunuch dance teacher, and Draupadi as Sairandhri serving Queen Sudeshnadevi.

The story follows the predictable triumph of the Pandavas over the amorous Keechaka who seeks Draupadi's hand, and over the Kauravas as they attempt to out them to force a new cycle of exile. The storytelling is very operatic with several songs, and the characters breaking into recitative to emphasize emotion.

The cast is a who's who ensemble of the Telugu industry of the time. SV Ranga Rao (as Keechaka) is absolutely brilliant. NT Rama Rao (as Arjuna and Bruhannala) is awesome. L Vijayalakshmi's (Uttara) dances are absolutely stunning, easily the reason for my repeat viewing. Other prominent actors include Savithri (Draupadi), Relangi (Uttarakumara), Kantarao (Sri Krishna), and Sobhanbabu (Abhimanyu - the one jarring note.)

Go rent/buy the DVD and watch it now.

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