The Centre for Performing Arts (CPA) attached to the Quilon Public Library and Research Centre in association with the Abhinaya Theatre Research Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, is organising a three-day drama festival at the Sopanam Kala Kendram here from Tuesday.

Christened Greeshma Nadakotsavam 2010, the festival will be inaugurated by filmmaker Lenin Rajendran at a function to be presided over by Mayor V. Rajendrababu. CPA director K. Bhaskaran will welcome the gathering and the honorary director of the Public Library K. Raveendranathan Nair will light the traditional lamp.

The drama to be staged on the first day is ‘Sakharam Binder' written Vijay Tendulkar. The controversial drama, directed by M.G. Jyothish, is a profound psychological play centred on a bookbinder named Sakharam. It portrays the enslavement of women in a democratic and modern society. The play was banned in the country because of its core plot where the main character gives shelter to destitute women but treats them as slaves and sex partners.

The drama to be staged on the second day is ‘Paalangal' based on the renowned poetical satire by K. Ayyappa Panicker depicting events that surround the construction of a bridge exposing the nexus between politicians and civil contractors. The drama is directed by D. Reghuthaman.

The drama to be staged on the third day is ‘Siddhartha' based on the Nobel Prize winning novel by Hermann Hesse. The drama deals with the spiritual journey of a man in search of enlightenment.

There will also be discussions on the first two dramas in the evening on the second and third days.

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