3rd International Theatre Festival of Kerala
The 3rd International Theatre Festival of Kerala (22 to 31 December 2010) has recaptured the imagination of theatre lovers from India and abroad and marked itself as one of the most prominent theatre festivals of South East Asia. ITFoK, being a long cherished dream of theatre activists of Kerala, blossomed into a vibrant annual event under the ministry of culture, and Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi. Inaugurated by Padmabhushan Girish Karnad, on 22nd December, the festival explored wide and diversified horizon of world theatre with special focus on theatre from Latin American countries. Most contemporary works from Chile, Brazil, Columbia, Bolivia, Mexico, Cuba, Spain, Japan and England ignited the imagination and teased the sensibility of unique combination of diversified tastes and cultural ethnicity of the festival crowd, probably a rare phenomenon. ITFoK 2010 hosted 35 productions, 750 artists and several hundred academicians/observers. The festival witnessed a spectatorship of approximately 60,000. Two commissioned productions one with Latin American artistes and other one between school of drama, Thrissur (Calicut University) and casa de la India – Spain were the special events of the festival. Ammannur Puraskaram, award introduced by Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi, for lifetime achievements in Indian theatre was conferred on legendary Indian thespian, Badal Sircar (1925-2011).