R. Ramachandran, president of the Sangam, said that despite incurring huge expenditure, the festival was being organised successfully for the third consecutive year.

Plays leave an everlasting impression on the masses and every effort should be made to protect and promote this art and restore it to its past glory, said speakers at the inauguration of the week-long third annual drama festival in the city on Monday.

The festival is being organised by South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, and Tiruchi Mavatta Nataka Nadigargal Sangam.

R. Ramachandran, president of the Sangam, said that despite incurring huge expenditure, the festival was being organised successfully for the third consecutive year. It provided an opportunity to young artistes and senior artistes in penury to exhibit the talent.

M. S. Mohamed Masthan, general secretary of the association, said that Tiruchi has accounted for quality audience devoted only to stage plays. It was very hard to witness such a committed audience elsewhere, he said adding the association is making special efforts to quench thirst of audience.

S. Kathan, president of the association, presided. Poet K. Krishnamoorthy said that the festival provided an opportunity for artistes across the State to share their experience and develop their talent.

A drama titled ‘Pudu Kaathal’ presented by Tiruchi Kavitha Creations was staged on the opening day. P. Velusamy was in charge of story, script and dialogues.