Theatre in the State is in a pathetic condition, renowned filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan has said.

In his address at the inauguration of ‘Odeum,’ an organisation that seeks to foster various forms of art such as painting, cinema, theatre, dance, music and folk arts here on Friday, Mr. Gopalakrishnan said even people who had come out of the School of Drama founded by the late G. Sankara Pillai were staying away from theatre and making ‘low quality films.’

Stating that the condition of theatre, cinema and, to some extent, poetry was not in a good condition, Mr. Gopalakrishnan said that several outstanding works had come out in the fields of novel, painting and short story in the State.

“Many exceptional artists have left the State to make a secure living. But there are also people like C.N. Karunakaran who have stayed here and contributed to the growth of painting,” he said.

Mr. Gopalakrishnan said reading and writing were also in a healthy condition in the State. He said the public had apprehensions about the state of cinema. But the State had not gone backwards in other areas, he said.

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