From Left: Dr K Neeharika, Dr Shashirekha, Sujatha, Dr Anantha Krishna Rao, T Madhusudan Rao, Santanu Mukherjee, KSV Krishnamachari, K Saraswati Pradeep, K Pradeep
Sabha Parva - A Study written by Dr A Anantha Krishna Rao was launched on Sep 22, 2015 before a nearly packed audience in the auditorium of Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram, Hyderabad. The book is a monograph in English interspersed with apt quotations of Sanskrit slokas, based on the dissertation of his M Phil (Sanskrit) after which he did his PhD as well, his doctoral thesis being ‘Jurisprudence in Ancient India.’
Santanu Mukherjee, Managing Director of State Bank of Hyderabad who was the chief guest talked of the unfolding significance of the Sabha Parva what with the interlocking of all the key characters.
T Madhusudan Rao, former Officer Director of SBH presided and spoke of the values enshrined in the Sabha Parva, quoting many a Sanskrit sloka. KSV Krishnamachari, former MD of SBH recalled his association with Dr Anantha Krishna Rao who was an ideal leader in the SBH/Bank Officers movement.
Prof P Shashirekha, Head of the Sanskrit Department, Osmania University spoke of the meticulousness with which Anantha Krishna Rao worked on the book, and how its reading would dispel the wrongly broadcast notions. For example it was said that it was Draupadi’s laughter at Duryodhana’s fall in the Maya Sabha that provoked him into humiliating her in the open royal court, whereas the fact of the matter was, Draupadi was not in the scene at all. Dr Shashirekha clarified that the Sabha Parva by Dr Anantha Krishna Rao could be read independently and it would illumine the readers in various ways.
Dr Anantha Krishna Rao, the author, acknowledged the guidance given by Dr Shashirekha and also the direction provided by late ‘Padma Sri’ Dr Pullela Sri Ramachandrudu who incidentally had done the Foreword to the book. He brought home how the study of Sabha Parva, though not the entire Mahabharata, would make the readers feel that the incidents and situations in the epic would have a lot to relate to our contemporaneity. He also, contextually, underlined the importance of learning Sanskrit; and demonstrated, by speaking quite a few intelligible Sanskrit sentences, how it was a very easy language especially for the Indians.
The programme coincided with the birthday of Sujatha, the better half the author and both of them were duly felicitated.
The proceedings were preceded by a fare of entertainment. Tenali Pantulu sang some classical poems and rendered dialogues from the stage plays of Mahabharata. Reputed mimic & ventriloquist Srinivas fascinated the gathering with his expository and enlightening performance. Trained in the USA, he got appointed in the railways under cultural quota with no test, by virtue of his artistic talent.
The programme was ably emceed by TV anchor K Saraswati Pradeep and Dr K Neeharika, daughter and granddaughter respectively of Dr Anantha Krishna Rao.
Sabha Parva - A Study| Saraswati Publications | Pages 208 | Price Rs 150 | $ 15
Report by: U Atreya Sarma, Editor (News & Events), Sep 26, 2015
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