The festival was inaugurated by noted film-maker Lenin Rajendran
A two-day drama festival of the University of Kerala began at the Fatima Mata National College auditorium here on Wednesday.
The festival was inaugurated by noted film-maker Lenin Rajendran in the presence of drama personalities Vijayakumari and E.A. Rajendran.
In his inaugural address Mr. Lenin Rajendran said that a section of the political, community, and religious leadership of the State was poisoning people’s minds.
Statements by leaders of organisations based in places such as Perunna and Kanichukulangara and even pastoral letters in churches were part of the poisoning process. The aim of such moves was to cast a permanent influence on the government.
In such a scenario, theatre must once again act as an eye-opener to society, he said. In the past, dramas had played a big role in bringing about social and political changes in the State.
Malayalam dramas were specially noted for the progressive ideas they conveyed.
Though in the past cinemas had also taken up the causes of the common man, of late they had refrained from doing so, mainly due to profit motive.
Principal of Fatima Mata National College Soosamma Kavumpurath; Principal of SN College V.S. Lee; and Principal of SN College for Women G. Jayasenan spoke. Twenty-two dramas will be staged at the festival.