Berhampur: The Twenty-first South Odisha Drama Festival started in Berhampur at Kavisurya Rangamanch on Tuesday evening.

The festival was inaugurated by senior advocate Basant Kumar Panigrahi and organised by the Ganjam Zilla Mancha Kalakar Sammilani (GZMKS) with an aim to promote undiscovered theatre groups of south Odisha as well as create a platform to show their talents.

At least seven plays by various organisations from the southern Odisha districts will be staged at the festival.

The festival will continue till January 10, 2012.