Invitation for Entries





The Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards will be held in the first week of march 2010 in New Delhi.


The Theatre productions will be staged at Kamani Hall, Copernicus Marg or Sri Ram center, Mandi House, New Delhi, India


The Festival Secretariat invites entries for Emerging and Established Theatre in the following categories:


Best Play

Best Director

Best Stage Design

Best Lighting Director

Best Innovative Sound Design

Best Costume Design

Best Choreography

Best Actor (Male) In a Leading Role

Best Actor (female) in a leading role

Best Supporting Actor (male)

Best Supporting Actor (female)

Best Original Script


Theatre productions may be verbal or non verbal and may include physical theatre, puppetry, multi-media and dance.


The award consists of a specially designed trophy and a cheque.

Best Production:                   100,000

Best original Playwright:       75,000

All other awards:                   35,000


Plays must have been produced / staged between January 1st 2009 and December 31st 2009.


Plays can be in Hindi, English or any Indian regional language.


Plays may be adapted or be an original work by an Indian Playwright or by International playwright.


Only original work by Indian playwrights will be eligible for the Best Playwright award.


All plays must be video recorded and submitted in their original language.


The Secretariat must receive entries by the 10 Jan 2010.


In addition, 2 hard copies must be sent with DVD or VHS copies of the plays.


Each entry must be accompanied by the following:


v     An official letter of consent from the producer of the theatre production authorizing entry to the competition.


v     2 non-returnable copies of each theatre production in either DVD or VHS PAL format.


v     A full list of artistic and technical credits.


v     A profile of the nominee.


v     Two photographs of the person/s entering the competition


v     Five stills of the production


v     A synopsis written in English in not more than 100 words.


v     City of production


v     Any reviews or previews of the play published in a newspaper or magazine.


Postal cost of tapes and submission forms will be borne by the submitting artist.


There is no entry fee required for submission.


In the event that the production is nominated for the festival you will be invited to stage the play in New Delhi in the first week of March 2010 as part of the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards Festival.


The cost of shipping the set, travel by AC II Tier Sleeper, Board and Lodging, venue cost and any additional technical requirement along with a nominal staging fee will be paid for by the award secretariat.


In cases of copyright infringement, whether local or international, the submitting producer shall be held directly responsible. The Festival Secretariat will not be held liable.


Nominees in each award category are expected to attend the Award Ceremony.




Theatre groups, individuals, playwrights and critics are invited to submit their production or recommend a production for the META awards in either the Emerging or Established categories.


All productions must be submitted on DVD or VHS.


Should a theatre company not be in a position to afford a simple VHS recording they may apply for funding up to Rs 4000 in order to record the production.


Submissions are invited from Emerging and Established Theatre in the categories mentioned above.



The selection committee will consist of eminent personalities from the world of theatre as appointed by the Secretariat. The selection committee will comprise of 5 members, one each of the following cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata.


The selection committee will view the DVD or VHS and finalize their selection for the festival. 


Nominations will be announced and posted on our web site in February 2010


A celebrity jury composed of eminent personalities from the field of theatre and the arts as appointed by the Festival Secretariat, will determine the winners in each of the defined categories after having watched the productions being staged in New Delhi at the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Festival.


The decisions of the jury will be full and final. 


Awards will be announced at a ceremony in New Delhi and will be telecast across the country on a premium channel.






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