The 10th Edition of the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) has already begun to feature in conversations across art and culture hotspots, with theatre enthusiasts looking keenly at the list that META has picked for this year’s awards.
The selection committees this year, comprising theatre stalwarts like Anup Hazarika, Deepa Punjani Krishnan, Sajitha Madathil, Sudhir Tandon and Vinod Nagpal have chosen 10 plays, from close to 300 entries, celebrating the rich diversity of Indian Theatre.
The 10 plays nominated for META 2015 are A Straight Proposal, Aaydaan, Chitrapata, Dhou… The Wave, Dreams From My Room, Fall of a King- Burha Manuhor Babe Desh Nai, Kaumudi, Matthi, Rage and Beyond: Irawati’s Gandhari and Still and Still Moving.
The shortlisted productions will be staged at LTG Auditorium and Kamani Auditorium in Delhi from March 21- 26.
The 2015 edition of META will showcase to its audience these two productions from Delhi along with two from Mumbai, two from Bengaluru, one from Kerela, two from Assam and one from Manipur.
The diversity of META 2015 is evident in the 7 languages represented in total by the nominations, with 6 plays in regional languages (two in Assamese and one each in Manipuri, Marathi, Kannada and Malayalam), two in Hindi, one in English and one bilingual play (Hindi + English).
Issues plaguing the society at large have always been highlighted at the META stage. This year, META nominees have highlighted issues like that of the LGBT community, concerns of Dalit women, the common man’s woes, problems in conflict zones, and economic concerns.
The festival also features plays with contemporary interpretations of the Ramayana and Mahabharata, looking through these epics with a fresh perspective. META 2015 nominees thus offer a vivid, yet hard hitting showcase for theatre lovers, as some provide solutions while others open up new dialogues and debates.