16th Edition of Mahindra Theatre Awards and Festival Goes Virtual

Business Events | April 2, 2021 | News

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Organisers of the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) and Festival announced that the 16th edition of META will be held virtually in 2021 in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The festivalis currently underway.

META is celebrating some of the finest productions that have been staged over the last few years and highlight their subjects as well as other aspects of the productions. Every weekend, for five weeks, starting 26 March 2021, there will be conversations with the experts behind each of these plays as well as screenings of these award-winning plays. 

The plays and the conversations are hosted on META’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. The final weekend of the festival will have workshops and masterclasses curated by Teamwork Arts in partnership with artGYAN. 

Promoted by the Mahindra Group as part of its cultural outreach programme and produced by Teamwork Arts, an arts and entertainment company, META annually rewards and recognises the best theatrical productions and performances of the year, along with their makers and facilitators, providing a boost to the country’s theatre industry.

Jay Shah, Vice President, Head – Cultural Outreach, Mahindra Group, said, “Over the last 15 years we have been holding the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards in the national capital. This year however, we’ve had to think outside the box due to the pandemic. Instead of the usual competitive awards, we are celebrating five outstanding plays that have won accolades at the META platform over the years.”

Sanjoy K Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts, said," The META Festival is back with a walk down memory lane bringing to you some of the best award-winning plays over the past few years! in this new series we delve into the minds of the directors, playwrights, costume and set designers and the actors who bring the play to life!” 

The proceedings begin at 7pm on each day of the festival as follows:

  • 26 March: Conversation - Vijay Tendulkar’s A Friend’s Story: Drama reflects the truth of our times

  • 27 March: Play Screening - A Friend’s Story

  • 2 April: Conversation - AndhaYug: The theatrics of visual & improv  

  • 3 April: Play Screening - Andha Yug 

  • 9 April: Conversation - Nona: An interplay between innovation & stagecraft

  • 10 April: Play Screening - Nona

  • 16 April: Conversation - Lassanwala: What lies inside the actor’s bag of tricks? 

  • 17 April: Play Screening - Lassanwala

  • 23 April: Conversation - Elephant in the Room: Weaving a contemporary yarn onto ancient myth

  • 24 April: Play Screening - Elephant in the Room

The final weekend of the 2021 festival that began on 26 March will have workshops and masterclasses curated by Teamwork Arts in partnership with artGYAN.

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