Celebrating excellence in theatre and stage craft, the Mahindra Group proudly presents the eleventh edition of the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) to be held in March 2016. Recognizing and rewarding all aspects of theatre production and stage craft, META is one of the Indian theatre industry’s premier awards. META provides a concrete platform to celebrate and promote theatre’s varied elements like playwriting, set design, costume and light design, direction and performance. Instituted by the Mahindra Group, in continuation of their commitment to promoting the arts, META 2016 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 of Rs.100,000 for the Best Production, Rs.75,000 for Best Original Playwright and Rs.45,000 for all other award categories.
Encouraging all forms of theatre across its full spectrum, The Mahindra Group, through META, aims to increase awareness and appreciation of Indian theatre, making it the only national platform for recognizing and rewarding theatre.
The Selection Process
Entries for META 2016 were both verbal and non-verbal theatre productions, including physical theatre, puppetry, multi-media and dance. The submissions were sent on DVDs in their original language by theatre production houses across the country. The entries for META 2015 closed on the 20th of January 2016. This year the Secretariat received 322 plays. All productions that met the eligibility criteria are viewed by an esteemed selection committee appointed by the Secretariat and comprised of five eminent personalities from the world of theatre, one each from the following cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Guwahati.
Out of all the entries, 10 plays were shortlisted and nominated across 13 award categories. The plays will be held at FICCI and LTG auditoriums in Delhi from the 5th to the 10th of March followed by the Gala awards night to be held on the 11th of March at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mansingh Road.