A little encouragement is what an artist seeks to keep himself motivated. And, an award to acknowledge one’s effort is perhaps the best way to go about it. Recognising and rewarding all aspects of theatre production are the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META). The event, in its eighth year now, aims to bring together the best of Indian theatre. “The event provides a platform to promote theatre’s varied elements such as playwriting, set design, costume, direction and performance. We have received 312 entries from all over India,” says Ravi Dubey, creative director of the ceremony.
Ten productions will compete in 13 categories for the awards, which have prize money going into lakhs. Jeetrai Hansda, one of the nominees in the Best Director category, says, “I was overwhelmed when I was informed that our play has been nominated in various categories. Our artists have worked very hard and have put their heart and soul into their performances. Finally, the hard work and dedication has been recognised on a national platform.”
The nominated plays will be staged from March 3 - 8, followed by the awards night on March 9.
Adhir Bhatt, one of the nominees in the Best Actor (Male) category, says, “It feels like someone out there is keeping a tab on what you have been doing and wants you to know that all your efforts are not going to waste.”
The actor is nominated for his performance in the play, Gasha. The play from Bangalore is essentially about the friendship between two boys — one a Kashmiri pandit and the other a Kashmiri muslim, and how their and other relationships are affected when a place as beautiful as Kashmir is engulfed in the fire of hatred, militancy and uncertainty.
WHERE TO WATCH
Fevicol (Hindi; Kamani Auditorium) March 3 (6pm)
Kizhavanum Kadalum (Malayalam; LTG Auditorium) March 4 (5.30pm)
Gasha (Hindi, Kashmiri and Urdu; Kamani Auditorium) March 4 (7.30pm)
After the Silence (Malayalam; LTG Auditorium) March 5 (5.30pm)
Mirugavidushagam (Tamil; Kamani Auditorium) March 5 (7.30pm)
Shillak (Marathi; LTG Auditorium) March 6 (5.30pm)
So Many Socks (English; Kamani Auditorium) March 6 (7.30pm)
The Priestess (Manipuri; LTG Auditorium) March 7 (5.30pm)
Matte Eklavya (Kannada, Hindi and English; Kamani Auditorium) March 7 (7.30pm)
Savitri - Dancing in the Forest of Death (Tamil and English; LTG Auditorium) March 8 (7.30pm)
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