Pune, December 05, 2016: At a glittering ceremony at Balgandharava Rangamandir last
evening, Sangeet Dev Babhali by –Spandan Parivar, Nashik was adjudged as the winner
in the musical category and Khatara by Nirmiti Rangamanch, Ahmednagar emerged
victorious in the prose category in the seventh edition of Vodafone Rangasangeet 2016.The
awards were presented at the hands of Nagraj Manjule; eminent filmmaker and screenwriter
known for his film Sairat along with Jitendra Joshi in midst of renowned Marathi Theatre
The winner in the musical category was presented a trophy and cash prize worth INR 1
Lakh whereas the winner in the prose category was presented trophy and a cash prize
worth INR 10,000 along with a host of other prizes worth INR 5 lakh.
An expert jury panel were hard pressed to choose winning artistes from a slew of impressive
performances put up by the participants. Jury members included eminent Marathi Theatre, Film
and Television personalities like Uday Lagoo, Shriram Pendse and Vibhawari Deshpande.
Speaking on the occasion, Ashish Chandra, Business Head-Maharashtra and Goa,
Vodafone India said, “As a value based organization, Vodafone believes in making a
meaningful contribution to society, across the geographies we operate in. We are extremely
pleased to see such positive interest and response for the seventh edition of Vodafone
Rangasangeet. The competition has been created, conceptualised and executed to bring back
focus on Marathi theatre as a serious form of art and encourage youth to look at it as not merely
entertainment form but also as a long term professional platform. This year over 100 teams
participated across 6 centres in Maharashtra and Goa. It is quite evident from the number that
the participation is increasing and so is the passion and love for theatre. We congratulate the
winning teams and would like to appreciate the efforts of each participant in making Vodafone
Rangasangeet 2016, such a grand success”.
Shri Prasad Purandare of Theatre Academy said, “Over the years, Vodafone
Rangasangeet has received tremendous accolades from Theatre Fraternity across
Maharashtra and Goa. Some of the participants in the past have moved on to achieve fame in
Marathi Theatre, Film and TV industry. The main purpose behind Vodafone Rangasangeet is
to encourage budding talent and motivate theatre enthusiasts, with a more reformed and
challenging mode of theatre, which is musical. With the overwhelming response received over
the years and continuous support from Vodafone, we intend to take this platform onto a next
Vodafone Rangasangeet, organised by Vodafone, one of India’s leading telecom service
provider, in association with Theatre Academy is a one-of- its-kind state level musical and prose
one-act- play competition. The competition aims to provide a platform for budding talent in
theatre across Maharashtra and Goa. The call for entries for the seventh edition of
Vodafone Rangasangeet began in September this year followed by preliminary rounds in
Nashik, Aurangabad, Goa, Kankavli, Ratnagiri and Pune. At the close of two month long
process of selection and elimination, out of more than 100 teams across the six centres,
13 teams were shortlisted, 7 in musicals and 6 in prose as finalists in both the categories.
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