The 8th Annual Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards Announced

New Delhi, 9 March 2013: The 8th Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) were announced at a red carpet awards ceremony in the capital today. The META 2013 six member jury consisting Nissar Allana, Shobha Deepak Singh,  Anmol Vellani, Renu Roy, Bhanu Bharti and Pawan Maskara judged the nominated productions to be honored with India’s most prestigious national honor for theatre.


After enthralling theatre audiences during the six day Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Festival showcasing 10 of the nation’s best theatre productions, the spotlight has turned to the winners across META’s 13 categories. Gasha made waves being awarded the Best Play along with Best Ensemble and Best Original Script while Satyabrata Rout was adjudged the Best Director for Matte Ekalavya whose lead Dingri Naresh won the award for Best Actor. Valeria Olgoin from Sadhna Centre for Creative Practice won the Best Actor (Female) for a stunning performance in After the Silence. Both Matte Eklavya and After The Silence won four  awards each at the ceremony. Other plays to win awards included Mirugavidushagam, So Many Socks and The Old Man and the Sea. Renowned theatre personality Ebrahim Alkazi was honoured with the META Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrious contributions to the field.



META is another example of Mahindra Group’s firm belief in the principle of ‘Shared Value’, through which it seeks to add value in the communities which it operates, while meeting their needs, thereby creating social progress.



The full list of the winners of the 8th Annual Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards is as follows:




META 2013 Winner


Best Play


Indian Ensemble

Best Director

Satyabrata Rout (Matte Eklavya)

Aadima Ranga Tanda

Best Original Script

Iravati Karnik (Gasha)

Indian Ensemble

Best Costume Design

Reuben Paul Nathanel. P (Mirugavidushagam ) and Ms Neela  ( Matte Eklavya )

Manal Mugudi


Aadima Ranga Tanda

Best Innovative Sound Design

Claudio Clavija (After The Silence)

Sadhna - Centre for Creative Practice

Best Lighting Design

Shaji Surendranath (After The Silence)

Sadhna - Centre for Creative Practice

Best Actor in a Lead Role (Male)

Dingri Naresh (Matte Eklavya)

Aadima Ranga Tanda

Best Actor in a Lead Role (Female)

Valeria Olgoin (After The Silence)

Sadhna - Centre for Creative Practice

Best Supporting Actor (Male)

Chidambara Poojari And Yashvant (Matte Eklavya)

Aadima Ranga Tanda

Best Supporting Actor (Female)

Bhavna Pani (So Many Socks)

Q Theatre Productions

Best Choreography

Martin John C (After The Silence)

Sadhna - Centre for Creative Practice

Best Stage Design

Samkutty Pattimkari (The Old Man And The Sea)

Rembrance Theatre

Best Ensemble


Indian Ensemble

Life Time Achievement

Ebrahim Alkazi




Attended by luminaries and leading names from the country’s performing arts and theatre scene, the META awards ceremony is a unique red carpet event in theatre. The awards are given away after a weeklong showcase of nominated plays at the Mahindra Theatre Festival.



Speaking on the occasion, Ravi Dubey, Creative Director for META said, “All the plays nominated for the awards this year have been stellar in their own right and have already won the hearts of the audiences during their performance at the festival. My congratulations go out to the amazing performances that have bagged the honours this year.”


Jay Shah, General Manager, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., who heads the Mahindra Group's cultural initiatives said, “We are as thrilled and excited today as we have been during this past week watching all the performances of the nominated plays for this year’s awards. Our congratulations go out to all the swinners who have raised the bar through their dedication and hard work, both on the stage and off it. Among other things, META is an important part of Mahindra’s Cultural Outreach, as it not only supports the cultural fabric of our society, but also becomes a platform to engage with the creativity and vibrancy of this rich art form”.



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