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Naramalli Sivaprasad, 66, is a Telugu Desam Party MP from Chittoor. He is also an actor, director, professor and doctor. But that is not why he has been drawing attention in Parliament for the last month. He had the photographers to him in droves, as every day he slips into different roles - from being, wrapped in a sari, like a Telugu woman, a schoolboy in shorts, wearing his hair in a ponytail, playing Narada, swinging the flute as Lord Krishna, and from a priest in a robe to a maulvi in a skull-cap - protests the denial of Andhra Pradesh's special status.
At 10.30 a.m. Tuesday, clad in an off-white lungi and a t-shirt, Sivaprasad was a weaver, carrying mountains of brightly colored yarn casually over one shoulder, a section of the charkha in his other hand. As he walked the complex, he knew his act had done the trick all over again, as journalists and cameramen sped to catch him first. He looked equally at the ease, with interviews he gave, in English, Hindi and Telugu, interspersing his sentences with "OK, ma’ am, please, sir, thank you, ma ‘am."
Siva Prasad dressed like the Narada. (Source: Express Photo Praveen Jain)
A group of AIADMK MPs gathered to demand a kaveri management board; very few cameras moved away from Sivaprasad.
“I am an artist and wanted to be creative in expressing the concerns of the people of my state. Costumes are more impressive, have a better effect ... Prime Minister Modi has done nothing for Weber and GST has crippled. These threads can make cloth, but it can also involve those in power, ”he said, pointing to the pile on his shoulder.
He noted that of all of his characters so far, the Telugu woman got the highest response and was also his favorite. “My missus got me the saree and wig and helped me with the make-up. Someone sewed the blouse into my relationship. My wife, two daughters and sons-in-law help me with all the costumes and incentives, ”said the two-time MP, who gets his material from Tirupati, where he sprang from. “I go to Tirupati on days when Parliament is not in session,” he said. His daughters, 35 and 40, are both doctors in Tirupati.
Sivaprasad said he was "most nervous" that day. “I didn't want to dress up like a woman and be laughed at. I wanted to look like a lady. It was excellent ... The people through the media encouraged me. "
TDP MP Sivaprasad dressed like a schoolboy in shorts. (Source: Express Photo Praveen Jain)
For sources of inspiration for his looks, he has many. “I read, talk, writers, historians ... There are two Sanskrit professors in Tirupati whom I consult on most occasions. Then there are the residents of the state calling me all the time for advice. They want me to don the look of Venkateswara Swamy, from Bhagat Singh… But I won't be Bhagat Singh, I want to represent people from my state, ”said Sivaprasad, now in the TDP chambers after the adjournment of the house, the threads are still looped over his shoulder.
Settled down for tea and toast, which he described, CM Chandrababu Naidu was among his “good friends”. “I've been in the theater since childhood. In high school, Chandrababu and I were in a game together. I enrolled in the medical school in Tirupati and later taught there. "
In medical college, he met Ralavijaylakshmi before going on a “sensational marrige”. “She comes from the upper-most reddi caste and I'm a SC. So you can imagine what happened, ”he said, opening his eyes. “Today she is a leading gynecologist and we have a nursing home in Tirupati. Of course, financially your contribution in the facility was more space. "
As a journalist took and tweeted his pictures he obliged to provide you with more comments on the plight of the weavers. “I'm not on social media though,” he clarifies.
All of his protests so far, he said it is this time that the "English media are most supportive". "You are competing with each other for my pictures and interviews."
TDP MP Sivaprasad outside Parliament. (Source: Express Photo Praveen Jain)
Sometime in the late 1970s, Sivaprasad met director Bharathiraja who cast him in his 1980 Telugu film Kotha Jeevithalu where he was “almost hero”. “He was looking for actors in my college but gave me the role. Later, I worked in over 40 films, comics, and character roles. My 1983 film Khaidi is my favorite. It made Chiranjeevi a big star, ”he said.
Politics happened in the late 1990s when one day Naidu sent three MPs to "kidnap" them. “He insisted and I couldn't refuse. He made me cultural president of the party and I still keep that post… The party supports me in my protest, ”he said. He became a minister of Naidu government previously.
Over the years, Sivaprasad has often "made costume protests to drive my number on". In 2013, television broadcast pictures of him whipping himself outside parliament in protest against statehood for Telangana. “I was getting suspended. That also the time I had disguised as 15 characters, ”he said. "In 2014, Naidu, now joked that, with the government, there is no way for you to adopt different avatars."
That doesn't benefit him. In November 2016, Sivaprasad s custom-made costume with stickers from people in need because of the demonetisation left parliament dividing. “I can't help it. In times of crisis the artist in me is forced to don these garments to attract people's attention, ”he said.
Sivaprasad, who had dressed up as 16 characters this year through Tuesday, had five more sees planned before the end of the parliamentary session. “There is a lot of confusion. I've done semi-narada once, but now I want to get the full-up. I've been in talks with a movie writer to get the material for you. I also want to perform Burra Katha [an oral narration technique]. It's going to be very cruel. I have to start writing the songs for you. "
For his final look, he's planned. “I dress up as Vishvamitra. I want to curse this government. "
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