9th International Theatre Festival of Kerala
The 9th edition held from 20 to 28 February 2017 and focused on street performance interventions in public spaces by which the entire city became a venue of the festival. The event was packed with 30 plays with 50 shows apart from the other allied performances. There were two collaborative productions, colloquium, seminars, theatre workshop, interaction with artists and open forum. the important feature of 9th edition of ITFoK is to bring back the ‘Ammannur Puraskaram’ instituted by the KSNA in 2010 to honour an eminent theatre personality from India but unfortunately not continued due to some technical reason. The 2nd ‘Ammannur Puraskaram’ presented to Smt. Sabitri Heisnam who is an Indian stage actor and one of the notable theatre personalities in Manipuri theatre. she has also acted in the critically acclaimed short film, ‘scribbles on Akka’ (2000), which won the IDPA award, best script award at shanghai international film festival and the national film award for best anthropological film. She is a recipient of the Sangeetha Nataka Akademi award of 1991. The government of India awarded her the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padmashri, in 2008, for her contributions to Manipuri theatre. The festival inaugurated by Sri. A K Balan, hon. Cultural Minister, Government of Kerala and the chief guest was Mr. Shiv Visvanathan who is an intellectual, public secular eminent and social scientist in India.