Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Socially Relevant Dramas

It was the dramatist V. T. Bhattathirippad who started the tradition of creating dramas with deep social significance. Through his dramas he spread important progressive messages on subjects like women’s liberation, modern education etc. His drama Adukkalayil Ninnu Arangathekku was enormously helpful in exposing the decay that had set in the Namboothiri community and bringing about radical changes.

M. P. Bhattathiripad’s drama Rithumathi (1939), MRB's Marakkudakkullile Mahaanarakam, K. Damodaran’s Pattabakki, and Edasseri Govindan Nair’s Koottukrishi (Joint Farming) were powerful dramas capable of bringing about monumental changes in the society. These are the names of only a few plays in the long list of such dramas.

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