New Delhi: Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) today announced the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016. The award will be conferred to noted theatre guru RatanThiyam for his contribution to Indian theatre.
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 existing13 awards. In past years this award has been conferred upon theatre greats including Late ZohraSehgal, Late Badal Sarkar, Late Khaled Chowdhary, EbrahimAlkazi, Girish Karnard and HeisnamKanhailal.
The META Jury for 2016 was also announced and comprises distinguished personalities from the world of art and literature including author KunalBasu, actorKusumHaider, director and actor M.K. Raina, dancer, choreographerTanushree Shankar and actor, directorSushma Seth. 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. The response we get from the fraternity and from theatre enthusiasts is phenomenal. We look forward to staging some of the best theatre we’ve found in the past year and are immensely grateful to the esteemed Jury members who’ve come on board to recognize and reward Indian theatre today.”
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 citiesfrom across 13 states of the country.
Mr. Sanjoy K Roy, MD, Teamwork Arts & Festival Producer said, “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.”
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The shortlisted productions will be staged at Ambedkar University,LTG Auditorium and FICCI in Delhi from 5th March to the 10th March. For more information on the nominees and full list of category wise nominations, please visit www.metawards.com.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, No. 1 Man Singh Road, New Delhi.
META recognizes and celebrates Indian theatre talent with awards for 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 making it the most comprehensive Theatre awards in the country.
For more information on the nominees and full list of category wise nominations, please visit www.metawards.com
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