THIRUVANATHAPURAM: 'Problem Play' was a relatively unexplored territory in Malayalam literature when N Krishna Pillai penned his dramas in the middle of the last century. But his femalecentric plays had women who broke conventions to voice a new sensibility, those who were modelled on Ibsen's 'new woman'. A threeday drama festival is being organised by the N Krishna Pillai Foundation, Nanthancode, to mark the 94 birth anniversary of the playwright. ExMP Thennala Balakrishna Pillai will inaugurate a museum dedicated to Krishna Pillai's memory as part of the anniversary.
On Monday, the inaugural day, the programmes will be flagged off with a play reading, where, 'Bhagna Bhavanam', considered to be the magnum opus of the author, will be read out by artists. The drama festival will be inaugurated by G Balamohan Thampy at 5.30 pm, which will be followed by the museum inauguration. Actor Madhu, poet O N V Kurup and others will participate. At 7 pm, 'Kudathile Vilakku', a play by Krishna Pillai, will be staged.