Mein Huun Yusuf aur Yeh Hai Mera Bhai
Kalki Koechlin, Shabana Azmi, Kabir Bedi
The 2016 META Jury comprised author Kunal Basu, actor Kusum Haider, director and actor M.K. Raina, dancer, choreographer Tanushree Shankar and actor, director Sushma Seth.
Best Original Script was won by Kannada play Akshayambhara, with its unique amalgamation of modern theatrical tools and the traditional Yakshagana dance theatre creating a contemporary narrative raising questions on female representation and male ownership. Prasad Cherkady, who plays a male actor in streevesha as Draupadi in Akshayambhara, won the Best Actor in Lead Role (Male).
Malayalam play The Balcony was awarded the Best Costume Design for the authenticity of the costumes which transported the audience into the world of the production and Tamil play Kuhaimaravasigal bagged the Best Choreography Award for the rustic quality of the movements which were well in tune with the symbolism depicted all through the play.
A unique stage adaptation of the 1920’s German silent horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, set inside a rundown warehouse space featuring distinctive on-stage elements won Best Stage Design.
The Best Ensemble was presented to 07/07/07 based on the legal battle to save Reyhaneh Jabbari from the gallows.
The META Awards Night was hosted by Kabir Bedi and Shivani Wazir Pasrich. A spate of performances celebrated theatre’s big night and enthralled the audience including Qawalli by the Niazi Nizami Brothers, Shabnam Virmani’s spiritual musical journey through an exploration of Kabir’s poetry, a contemporary meets classical dance performance by Goura Prema and the Natya Nectar Dance Company and award-winning actress Kalki Koechlin’s chilling rendition of her poem The Printing Machine.
Commenting on the Awards, Jay Shah, Head, Cultural Outreach, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. said, “Every passing year of META strengthens our commitment to theatre. Seeing the astonishing levels of talent in our country and playing a role in bringing this to the nation's notice fills the Mahindra Group with immense pride and satisfaction. This year was no different - it deepened our admiration for both theatre folks and audience.”
Over the past few days, theatre enthusiasts in the capital were treated with a feast of 10 nominated productions from across the country, which were showcased on the META stage this year. The bevy of topics included contemporary interpretations of mythological texts, prostitution, molestation, false executions, human-like obsession, jealousy, betrayal and search for redemption.
Commenting on META 2016 Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director Teamwork Arts and Producer META, said, “With every passing year META has witnessed trend-setting plays which have reflected the diversity of India and shone a light on the many issues that continue to challenge the world in these times.”