Festival inaugurated on March 2, Monday, featured 12 contemporary plays that have won acclaim at the international level. Well-known theatre personalities such as Habib Tanvir, H. Kanhailal, Neelam Mansingh and Veena Pani Chawla presented their plays at the festival, organised by the Department of Information and Public Relations, Kerala. Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan inaugurated the festival at a function presided over by V. Sivankutty M.L.A.
Studio plays such as 'On Seeing," 'Hare and Tortoise," and 'Antigone" were presented at the Vailoppilly Samskriti Bhavan, indoor and outdoor plays were staged at the Tagore Theatre. These were also those plays which were chosen as the best at the Bharat Rang Mahotsav held in Delhi early this year. Artistic director of the festival was Abhilash Pillai.
The National Theatre Festival conducted in Thiruvananthapuram came to a close on Thursday, after showcasing plays of diverse backgrounds for eleven days. Studio plays which were not familiar to the city, were staged in a different way during the festival. It could be viewed from all four sides.