Electrifying the Charts!

The future of racing is clearly electric, and Mahindra Racing is running on a full charge with another great performance in Round 4 of the 2018-19 Formula E race in Mexico. Mahindra Racing rose to the top of the team championship standings, with a strong double-points finish, while Jérôme D’Ambrosio retook the lead in the driver’s championship with 53 points.

In spite of being forced to settle for a tenth-row start, Jérôme turned things around in the race. By making up seven positions on the first lap alone, he had entered the top ten by the third lap. Almost edging his way on to the podium, he scythed up the order right at the end in a valiant effort to finish fourth and move back to the top of the driver standings.

Jérôme D’Ambrosio, driver, Mahindra Racing, said, “It was an amazing race. To come from the back, have a great first lap and then finish where I did makes me really happy and it’s very positive where that puts us in the championship.”

After qualifying in second position last time out in Santiago, teammate Pascal Wehrlein went one better in Mexico City, making it to Super Pole for the second consecutive race, and then scoring Pole Position - marking back-to-back Poles for Mahindra Racing in Mexico.

Starting from the top spot, he maintained the lead from

the beginning to the very last corner. Unfortunately in spite of crossing the line in second, Pascal didn’t get to stand on the podium due to a five-second penalty and is now fifth in the championship with 30 points.

Pascal Wehrlein, driver, Mahindra Racing, said, “Apart from the last lap, I’m happy with how it went and with my first pole position. We were fighting hard at the beginning, so we used more energy which made it harder to defend against di Grassi. I think we should’ve had second position without the penalty, but I’m looking forward to the next race.”

22 cars, 22 drivers and 11 teams are vying for the top spot as the electrifying madness continues. With four different winners in as many races, the title fight is wide open and perfectly poised as Formula E arrives in Asia for the HKT Hong Kong E-Prix on March 10 - Round 5 of the 2018-19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

Dilbagh Gill, Team Principal, Mahindra Racing, said, “It's a day of mixed emotions, and although we lead both championships, I cannot help be disappointed that we missed out on a podium. Pascal performed to the highest level all weekend in only his second full race. We have one of the strongest cars on the grid and Jérôme showed that by gaining 14 positions. I’m proud of everyone in the team and we will come back fighting in Hong Kong.”

Designing Good Karma

Mahindra -owned Pininfarina has tied up with Southern California-based carmaker, Karma Automotive to expand Karma’s design portfolio and customization options. This tie-up announced at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit will help accelerate future technology and product development in the electric-car world and is an important step towards the penetration of Pininfarina in the American market.

Silvio Pietro Angori, CEO, Pininfarina, said" The agreement with Karma represents another important step in the growth strategy of Pininfarina in the North American market, following the opening of our new design center in Los Angeles. Karma we share the same passion for beauty, exclusivity and innovation, always in the name of environmental sustainability.”

Lance Zhou, CEO, Karma Automotive, said, "Our business and product plan is driven in part by collaborating with like-minded and nimble partners such

as Pininfarina whose design expertise will help us accelerate product development, differentiation, and personalized customization that allows every Karma to be truly special."

Both the partners are connected through their shared commitment to elevating and growing the luxury mobility experience for its customers and draws on global relationships and technology partners to achieve this.

Functioning with a value-forward business plan, Karma Automotive seeks to acquire and develop partnerships to strengthen its place in the unique luxury electric vehicle niche. Pininfarina continues to be the benchmark of the auto and industrial design that merges physical and digital worlds through aesthetics and technology. The Italian design house Pininfarina may therefore be good ‘Karma’ for the American-based, Chinese-owned luxury carmaker.

Supply Chain Lubrication

Mahindra Logistics has recently partnered with Gulf Oil to help the lubricant manufacturer strengthen its supply chain, by making its distribution system more robust and compact. As part of this association, a Central Distribution Centre (CDC) has been set up in Chennai with Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) to serve the entire product portfolio of Gulf Oil that will be entirely handled by MLL.

Mahindra Logistics’ proven expertise and flexibility to meet future growth objectives at optimal cost will help Gulf Oil meet its customer demand in totality,

strengthen the supply chain, and gain an operational advantage through reduced warehouse and freight costs.

Pirojshaw Sarkari, CEO, Mahindra Logistics, said, “We are happy to be part of Gulf Oil’s expansion and growth story. Technology-driven, unrivalled logistics solutions is what this association is about. We are certain that our unparalleled dedication and efforts will add value to Gulf Oil and will enable them to achieve the desired cost efficiency and more importantly, for their products to reach the end-user, on time.”

Curtain Call for Excellence

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.
  • Two different adaptations of Andha Yug (in Gujarati from Vadodara and in Hindi from Imphal), a verse play set against the backdrop of the Mahabharata war, have been selected for the finals.
  • Chandala, Impure (Tamil) is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet but set within the constructs of the ruthless Indian caste system.
  • Chillara Samaram (Malayalam) chronicles a protest of the people against their town corporation authority which wants to replace every small shop with glitzy malls and ban the use of coins.
  • Detective 9-2-11 (Hindi and English) is a whirlwind of romance, murder, deceit and suspense which begins with gunshots heard at the Mumbai Opera House.
  • Kola (Kannada) is a strongly written family drama set in rural Vidharbha which talks about relationships, aspirations, joys, sorrows and anger.
  • Loose Woman (English) through dance, theatre, music and video depicts the ways in which a woman travels and experiences different ‘spaces’.
  • Pulijanmam (Malayalam) is a reinterpretation of a classic text which questions the morals of a society which has long marginalized Dalit.
  • Bhagi Hui Ladkiyan (Hindustani) is a narrative-led performance which depicts the actors’ dilemmas through interesting visual aspects, and even asks the audience to participate.

Watch out for META 2019 and join us in celebrating talent across 14 categories, including set design, costume and light design, direction and performance.

For the full list of nominations, visit www.metawards.com

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