4th International Theatre Festival of Kerala
The 4th international theatre festival of Kerala (1 to 8 February 2012) 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 four senior veteran artists Padmabhusahan Kalamadalam Ramankutty Nair, M.V. Devan, Parassala B Ponnammal and Thrippekkulam Achutha Marar on the pleasant evening of 1st February, 4th ITFoK explored wide and diversified horizon of world theatre with special focus on masters of the past and present. Most contemporary works from Poland, Italy, Lithuania, England, and some of the cutting edge productions from india 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 16 productions, 250 artists and several hundred academicians/observers. The festival witnessed a spectatorship of approximately 60,000.