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Indians have got arts in their DNA — Sanjoy K Roy #META2016

Jay Shah, Head, Cultural Outreach, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd and Sanjoy K Roy of  Teamwork Arts

Indians have got arts in their DNA 

— Sanjoy K Roy

Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) and festival producer Teamwork Arts announced on March 1st, 2016 the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016. The award will be conferred to noted theatre guru Ratan Thiyam for his contribution to Indian theatre.

The jury of 11th Edition of META comprises distinguished personalities from the world of art and literature including author Kunal Basu, actor Kusum Haider, director and actor M.K. Raina, dancer, choreographer Tanusree Shankar and actor, director Sushma Seth.

Padmashree Ratan Thiyam has created a new language in theatre and has enriched the art form in various roles, as writer, director, designer, composer and choreographer. He is currently the chairman of National School of Drama (NSD).

META, which is the only comprehensive national award for theatre in India, instituted the Lifetime Achievement Award in addition to the existing 13 awards. In past years this award has been conferred upon theatre greats including Late Zohra Sehgal, Late Badal Sarkar, Late Khaled Chowdhary, Ebrahim Alkazi, Girish Karnard and Heisnam Kanhailal.
Puneeta Roy, MK Raina, Sanjoy, Sushma Seth and Deepan Shivram

The curtain raiser for the 11th edition of META featured a discussion on ‘Theatre as an agent of Social Change’ which brought to light how theatre is being used as a catalyst in bringing about changes in societal norms, re-casting traditions into contemporary contexts and looking at key messages of change across communities.

Talking about the decade long journey of META and looking forward in its 11th year Jay Shah, Head, Cultural Outreach, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “It’s heartening to see how META has been accepted and appreciated by the theatre industry in India and carved a place for itself in cultural calendars.". Thanking the Jury members Shah said "we are immensely grateful to the esteemed Jury members who’ve come on board to recognize and reward Indian theatre today."

Puneeta Roy

Over 2500 entries till date

Over the past decade, META - one of India’s premier theatre awards – has brought together the very best of theatre productions from across the country, recognizing and rewarding the multitude of talents that contribute to this unique art form. From humble beginnings in 2006, META has received over 2500 entries till date, from which the very best productions and talents each year are nominated for awards across 13 different categories. Having given over 1900 artists a platform to showcase their work, META has so far staged nominated plays from 70 different theatre groups across the country and awarded more than 110 artists. META’s nominated plays in the past decade span 13 different languages representing 20 cities from across 13 states of the country.

Speaking on the occasion Sanjoy K Roy of  Teamwork Arts said, "We've got arts in out DNA that the arts continue to create tangible and intangible wealth and employment opportunities across the country. META is a platform to showcase some of India’s finest talent across and provide an opportunity for people to express themselves and bring alive a slew of social issues.”

Taking on the current situation of the nation and how the art and theatre fraternity is responding to it actor activist MK Raina said, "hiding under the carpet is most dangerous situation". Raina, a Kashmiri, shared his long experience of working for the betterment of theatre in Srinagar and other part of J&K.

Mahindra Theatre Festival Schedule :

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari5th March7.30 pmAmbedkar University, DelhiEnglish
After Death – The Spiritual Journey6th March6.00 pmLTG AuditoriumNon-Verbal, Musical
Kuhaimaravasigal (Cave Tree Dwellers)6th March8.00 pmFICCI AuditoriumTamil
The Balcony7th March6.00 pmLTG AuditoriumMalayalam
Akshayambara7th March8.00 pmFICCI AuditoriumKannada
Haoai – The Eleventh Planet8th March6.00 pmLTG AuditoriumBengali
07/07/078th March8.00 pmFICCI AuditoriumEnglish, Hindi, Farsi
Main Huun Yusuf AurYeh Hai Mera Bhai9th March6.00 pmLTG AuditoriumUrdu, Hindi
Agnes of God9th March8.00 pmFICCI AuditoriumEnglish
A Friend’s Story10th March6.00 pmFICCI AuditoriumEnglish

The 2016 Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards will be given away at a red carpet ceremony on 11th March 2016 at the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi.

META recognizes and celebrates Indian theatre talent with awards for following catagories...
Best Play, 
Best Director, 
Best Stage Design, 
Best Light Design, 
Best Innovative Sound Design, 
Best Costume Design, 
Best Actor in a Lead Role (Male), 
Best Actor in a Lead Role (Female), 
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male), 
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female), 
Best Original Script, 
Best Ensemble, and 
Best Choreographer 
... makeing META the most comprehensive theatre awards in the country.

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Sanjoy K Roy

Teamwork Arts, for over 25 years, has taken India to the world and brought the world to India. In countries such as Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA, Teamwork produces over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across more than 40 cities. Teamwork produces one of the world’s largest free literary gatherings, the annual ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, international festivals Shared History in South Africa, Eye on India in the USA, India by the Bay in Hong Kong etc.

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