: Communist Party of India (CPI) State secretary Pannian Ravindran said the play Ningalanne Communistakki by the Kerala People’s Arts Club (KPAC), which made its debut in December 1952, had played a significant role in enabling the Communists to come to power in Kerala in 1957.
Inaugurating the 60th anniversary of the staging of the drama at Chavara Thattasseri, near here, on Thursday, Mr. Ravindran said a large majority of the people of erstwhile Travancore, Kochi and Malabar had embraced communism after watching the play.
Until then, the people were under the impression that one would have to study Marxism to become a Communist.
But ‘Ningalenne Communistakki’ told the philosophy of Marxism in a simple and interesting way. The people felt it portrayed their life, he said.
Mr. Ravindran said that the KPAC had played a big role in popularising the Communist movement in the State.
Ningalenne Communistakki also played a historic role in contributing towards bringing about positive social changes in Kerala. He said the KPAC should once more be the impetus for the Communist movement to move forward with strength.
Addressing the gathering, actor KPAC Lalitha, who was the chief guest, said the success of KPAC was the team spirit within the troupe.
Ms. Lalitha said she was proud to be known as KPAC Lalitha, as the troupe had contributed greatly to her success.
CPI district secretary R. Ramachandran presided over the function.
Writer Puthusseri Ramachandran gave the diamond jubilee address. Pirappancode Murali delivered the keynote address.
The former minister K.E. Ismail and Thoppil Bhasi’s son, Soman Thoppli, spoke. The presence of Thoppil Bhasi’s wife Amminiamma saw some emotional scenes at the venue.