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Curtain call

Curtain call
Awards across 13 categories celebrating various aspects of theatre including Stage Design, Lighting and Costumes apart from Best Play, Best Director, theatre groups from all over the nation are set to participate in a festival to receive the prestigious and most comprehensive awards recognizing Indian Theatre.

Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) called for entries for this year’s edition of META, a weeklong theatre festival and award that stages the best of theatre of the year. Every year META Winners are also awarded handsome prize money across the various categories. The 10th META Festival is scheduled from March 21 to 26 at the Capital’s LTG and Kamani Auditoriums along with a Gala Awards Night on March 27 at Taj Mahal Hotel, Mansingh Road, New Delhi.

Jay Shah, Head, Cultural Outreach, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd said “We want to provide a platform in the form of META for encouraging all forms of theatre across its full spectrum in India. Through META, our aim is to increase awareness and appreciation of Indian theatre, making it one of the most important national platforms for recognizing and rewarding theatre. Apart from the glamorous and obvious awards for direction and acting we also celebrate and promote other elements of theatre
like playwriting, set designing, costume and light designing.”

In continuation of its commitment to promoting the arts, META 2015 aims at bringing together the best of Indian theatre from the year gone by.

The awards consist of a specially designed trophy and a cheque for Rs.1 Lakh for the Best Production, Rs.75,000 for Best Original Playwright and Rs.45,000 for all other award categories.

Creative Director, META, Ravi Dubey says, “It’s fascinating how we started with 10 entries in our first year and now after a decade META has achieved a stature of being one of the most glamorous events of the fraternity with over 13 awards from the various corners of the country. META has been a wonderful journey for us as we engage with various groups as well as dynamic and colorful artists on and off the stage.”

Ravi Dubey also shared that META has really contributed to theatre as envisaged and suggested to other corporate entities that they should also be supporting theatre since it still requires more support and motivation.

A Coffee table book Curtain Call: Celebrating Indian Theatre encapsulating ten glorious years of META was released at the  Jaipur Literature Festival by  Shabana Azmi, Girish Karnad and Ravi Dubey, Creative Director, META along with Jaipur Literature Festival Producer and Teamwork Arts MD, Sanjoy Roy.

Celebrated theatre personalities like M K Raina, Sushma Seth, Rajat Kapoor, Amal Allana, Manan Kaur, Neelam Mansingh, Ananda Lal have contributed to the book.

Curtain Call: Celebrating Indian Theatre features their testimonials and chronicles on META and its instrumental role in encouraging and rewarding the theatre industry, bringing increased participation and showcasing exemplary work within this field.

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