Kerala to host national drama festival

March 1st, 2009 - 4:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, March 1 (IANS) Theatre buffs in Kerala would be treated to more than a dozen award-winning plays at the fifth National Drama Festival that starts here Monday.
The festival will be inaugurated by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and will go on till March 12, Information and Public Relations Department (I&PRD) secretary Sheela Thomas told reporters here Sunday.

“All the plays that are going to be staged have won international acclaim. The festival will also include plays by Malayali women directors. All plays were also shown at the recently held Bharath Rang Maholstav in Delhi,” Thomas said.

Abhilash Pillai, the artistic director of the festival, said all the plays focus on the contemporary modern theatre and its dimensions.

“The highlight of the festival would be four studio theatre plays, which do not have stage and are performed among the audience,” Pillai said.

I&PRD acting Director P.K. Lal said: “We expect that this (festival) will rekindle the drama industry. Already 200 delegates have registered and 32 students have completed a week-long orientation course ahead of the festival.”

The plays that would be staged include Macbeth (Malayalam), On Seeing (English, by Zuilekha Choudary), Antigone (Bengali, by Santanu Bose), Charandas Chor (Chhattisgarhi, by Habib Tanvir), Heads are meant for walking into, (multi-lingual, by Maya Krishna Rao) and Sahyande Makan-The Elephant Project (Malayalam/Japanese, by Sinker Venkateswaran).

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