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Sony Sab to carry jester poet Tenali Rama series

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NEW DELHI: The wit and humour of jester poet (Vikatakavi) Tenali Ramakrishnan had first been telecast in a serues by T S Nagabharana on Doordarshan in 1990 with Vijay Kashyap playing the title role. It has since come as a series on YouTube.

A newer version of Tenali Rama will be telecast from 11 July on Sony Sab with some of his stories that are part of popular folklore. The series will be telecast every Monday to Friday at 8.00 pm.

Tenali Rama will take the audience back in time to the 15th Century and prove that intelligence and presence of mind can be used deftly to solve any problem or to deal with any demanding situation.

Tenali Rama was a witty poet in the court of King Krishnadevraya. With his acumen and humour, it did not take much time for him to become the King’s favorite. However, his popularity bred contempt in Tathacharya, the head priest of the darbaar, who worked relentlessly to dishonor Tenali. The way Tenali handles tricky situations created by Tathacharya will be a great treat for viewers to watch and they will end up learning from it as well!

The premise of the show centers around Tenali Rama, played by Krishna Bharadwaj who gets appointed as the poet and one of the eight wise men in the court of King Krishnadevraya, played by Manav Gohil. Tenali Rama always uses his shrewdness and unique methods to solve the craftiest and trickiest of all problems. His swaggering success makes his rival Tathacharya played by Pankaj Berry, supremely jealous and wants to throw him out of the court.

Some of the other important people in Tenali’s life are his mother, Laxmi played by Nimisha Vakharia, his wife Sharda, played by Priyamvada Kant. Tenali is often stumped by the peculiarities of his mother and wife as his mother is a religious woman who has taken a wow of lifetime silence and his wife is the only one who understands her sign language but interprets it according to her own will, often adding a little spice and drama.

The show begins with 25-year-old Tenali Rama who is an ultimate procrastinator and too lazy to pursue his dreams, but at the same time he also wants to become rich and famous. An honored saint asks him to go to the village temple and recite a powerful mantra. Tenali does the same and manages to impress Goddess Kali played by Barkha Bisht. Goddess Kali appears in front of him with a bowl of milk and a bowl of curd. She asks him to pick one but Tenali ends up gulping both which leaves Kali fuming. The very astute Tenali reasons by explaining that there is no use of one without the other. She gets impressed by his wit and blesses him saying that he will become a Vaikatavi, a jesting poet in Krishnadevaraya’s court. Later, Tenali Rama leaves for Hampi with a desire to be a part of Krishnadevraya’s court.

 

Senior vice-president & Head, Channel SAB and MAX cluster of channels Neeraj Vyas said: “India has a compelling tradition of both written and oral folklore. Our epics are treasures that teach life-lessons via stories. Tenali Rama was a legendary poet of the 15th century who has remained immortal; his wit being admired and relevant even in today’s times. With Tenali Rama’s adaptation on SAB, we intend to offer a restored and renewed version of this classic chronicle.”

Contiloe Pictures CEO Abhimanyu Singh added: “Tenali Rama is a show full of wit and humour. Krishnadevaraya's kingdom was the richest during the Medieval times and we have taken utmost care to show this opulent kingdom with rich sets, costumes and tradition. Tenali Rama is a classic comedy made on a grand scale and we are very confident that the audience will like it.”

Star Cast Details:
 
Tenali Rama - Krishna Bharadwaj                       
Chinnadevi - Sonia Sharma
King Krishnadevraya - Manav Gohil
Thirumalamba - Priyanka Singh
Tathacharya - Pankaj Berry
Mantri Timmarasu - Jiten Mukhi
Laxmi - Nimisha Vakharia
Dhani and Mani - Sohit Vijaysoni and Sanny Kishan
Sharda - Priyamvada Kant
Goddess Kali - Barkha Bisht Sengupta

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