Best of Indian theatre at the 11th Edition of META

With spring around the corner, it is that time of the year when theatre lovers are offered the best of Indian Theatre. India’s only national awards dedicated solely to theater, the 11th Edition of ‘Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards’ (META) – brings together the best  productions from across the country in a festival that highlights the intrinsic diversity and rich cultural traditions of India.

Over 300 entries were viewed by a selection committee, comprising theatre stalwarts Vinod Nagpal, a renowned Indian film and television actor; Prof. Chandradasan, Founder and Artistic Director of Lokadharmi Centre for Theatre; Baharul Islam, noted Assamese Director-Actor and Artistic Director at Seagull Theatre; Surendranath Suri Director at Rangashakra Bangalore and eminent theatre critic Diwan Singh Bajeli. The selection committee nominated 10 plays for this years’ festival.

Commenting on the increasing popularity of the annual event, Mr.Jay Shah, Head, Cultural Outreach, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “The Mahindra Group is proud to present the 11th season of META. This year’s selection of plays from various parts of our nation strengthens our belief that “Make in India” is true and alive in the Arts as well. A plethora of languages, ideas and cultures will be on display this March and we urge the audiences to come and partake in this wonderful festival and to especially show their support for regional theatre.”

The nominated productions across 8 languages will be staged at the FICCI and LTG auditoriums in Delhi from March 6th till March 10th, 2016. The META 2016 Jury and the full schedule for the META 2016 Festival will be announced soon.

The 10 plays nominated for META 2016 are:

Sr No. Play Name Language Director
1 After Death – A spiritual journey Non-Verbal, Musical Vikram Mohan
2 Balcony Malayalam SasidharanNaduvil
3 A Friend’s story English Akash Khurana
4 Haoai (The Eleventh Planet) Bengali GautamHalder
5 Kuhaimaravasigal (Cave Tree Dwellers) Tamil Dr. S. Murugabhoopathy
6 07/07/07 English, Hindi, Farsi FaezehJalali
7 Akshayambara Kannada SharanyaRamprakash
8 Mein hun Yusuf auryehhaimerabhai Urdu, Hindi MohitTakalkar
9 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari English DeepanSivaraman
10 Agnes Of God English KaizaadKotwal


For more information on the nominees and full list of category wise nominations, please visit


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