Kochi, July 28: For the first time, Kerala is set to host its first literary festival for women. The fest will not be just about a few women penning down stories and poetry, or staging skits or dramas, and winning prizes. They will showcase their talents in three events - story writing, poetry writing and theatre.
"The Biennale camp in itself had boosted the confidence of the participants, who had all ignored their talents post marriage. "Kudumbashree already has an initiative called Rangashree, a community theatre group, which works in association with the Sangeetha Nataka Akademi.
Over the past year, the women of Kudumbashree have been in the news for their creative pursuits as well. We saw them display their artistic talents during the Varayude Penma workshop at Kochi-Muziris Biennale and have witnessed their street plays and dramas at other times.
Now, they are gearing up to be part of something bigger - an all-women literary fest, for the first time in the State. Rijesh V S, one of the officials of the initiative, says, "The programme will be held at Kozhikode from August 18, and will have about 200 participants from all over the State. They will showcase their talents in three events - story writing, poetry writing and theatre. "The fest is not just about a few women just penning stories and poetry, or staging skits or dramas, and winning prizes.
Priya E, a member of the organising committee, said, "A gathering of the women who took part in the Varayude Penma workshop will also be organised by Lalithakala Akademi, for capacity building. Moreover, an exhibition of their works will also be held at the event.