With 10 plays nominated across 13 categories, the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) is blurring boundaries as it gears up for a week-long theatre festival in New Delhi from March 6-12, 2019.
Celebrating diversity in terms of themes, languages and cultural identities, plays from Jabalpur, Imphal, Pondicherry, Vadodara, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Kochi and Malappuram made it into the top 10, featuring plays in Gujarati, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, along with Hindi and English.
Over the course of its illustrious 13-year journey, the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards and Festival has become a premiere conclave for Indian theatre, and is one of the most comprehensive awards in the country. The plays will be staged at Delhi’s Kamani Auditorium and Shri Ram Centre, and the winners will be felicitated on March 12, 2019.
Jay Shah, Head, Cultural Outreach of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., said, “We are delighted to see such a diversity of towns and languages represented in the final nomination of plays for the 14th META. This further strengthens our resolve to stay committed to celebrating and rewarding excellence in the dramatic arts through the length and breadth of our nation."
Breaking all previous records, over 400 theatre productions entered for the awards this year and were judged by an illustrious selection committee comprising of veteran stage actor and producer Denzil Smith, META-winning theatre director Jyothish M.G., National award-winning film producer and director Veena Bakshi, and Mumbai-based playwright and stage critic Vikram Phukan.
The shortlisted plays, this year span a plethora of themes from caste conflicts to personal dilemmas. Here’s a look at the 10 nominated plays -
- Agarbatti (Hindi and Bundeli) is a riveting tale of caste, gender, class, conflict and politics, told against the backdrop of the Behmai massacre at the hands of the infamous Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi and her gang.