Indian Theatre Gets its Due - The New Indian Express

Indian Theatre Gets its Due

Published: 21st January 2014 08:38 AM

Last Updated: 21st January 2014 08:45 AM

To recognise and reward excellence in Indian theatre, the Mahindra group has announced the institution of the  Ninth  Mahindra  Excellence in Theatre  Festival Awards  (META). 

Encouraging all forms of theatrical productions across its full spectrum, the Group, through META,  aims  to  increase  awareness  and  appreciation  of  Indian  theatre.

It will provide a platform to celebrate and promote theatre’s varied elements including playwriting, set design, costume and light design, movement, direction and performance.

META 2014 aims at bringing together the best of Indian theatre from 2013. The awards consist of a specially designed trophy and a cheque of Rs 1, 00,000 for the Best Production, Rs 75, 000 for Best Original Playwright and Rs 45,000 for all other award categories, including - best actor in leading role (Male/Female), best supporting actor  (Male/Female),  best  stage  design,  best  lighting  director,  best  innovative  sound  design,  best  costume design, best original script, best ensemble and best choreography.

 Ravi Dubey, Creative Director of META said,  “Year after year it amazes me to see the commitment of the theatre  community  across  India  to  its  basic  passion  -  doing  theatre.  They  do  it  regardless  of  the  material returns or fame and prestige that might or might not come their way. Theatre is being done with gusto, honesty and integrity across this country as a form of self-expression whether sad or happy.”

He added that they have received approximately 40 entries from Karnataka out of the total 300, Girish Karnad’s play being one of them.

“Every year, we receive a number of entries from Karnataka in varied languages.  The state has a very active theatre scene,” he said.

The 10 nominated productions will be invited to perform at the LTG and Kamani Auditorium from March 3-8 followed by the awards night which will be hosted on March 9 in New Delhi.

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