The application for the 15th edition of META is now closed.

The results will be announced on our website in February 2020

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META 2020

The Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards now in its 15th year continues to applaud the finest in theatre. It was instituted by the Mahindra Group with the objective of becoming a significant platform for celebrating this art.META recognises theatre’s varied elements like playwriting, set, costume and light designing, direction and performance. Over the years, META has succeeded in setting a stage that represents the diverse interpretations of this art form as understood in various regions of the country. The most pressing social issues have been brought to life and given a new perspective by highly acclaimed theatre groups that have participated in the festival. The Mahindra Group, through META, aims to increase awareness and appreciation of Indian theatre, making it the only national arena for recognising and rewarding the industry’s best performing theatres and theatre makers.

The 15th Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards will be held from 13th March - 19th March, 2020 in New Delhi. The 10 nominated theatre productions will be staged at Kamani Auditorium or Sri Ram Centre.



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The Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards and Festival will be held in March 2020 in New Delhi.

The Theatre productions will be staged at Kamani Auditorium or Sri Ram Centre.

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 in a Leading Role - Male
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role - Female
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Male
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role - 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.

The META Secretariat invites theatre groups, individuals, playwrights and critics to submit their production or recommend a production for META 2020.

Entries will be accepted between 15th August 2019 to 31st December 2019 for the 15th edition of the Festival.

A Selection Committee comprising of eminent personalities from the field of performing arts will carefully select 10 plays that will finally be staged in Delhi. Nominations will be announced on our website in February 2020.


Theatre productions must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for the awards:

  • The play must be produced in India.
  • Plays must have been produced in the period 1st January 2015 to 31st December 2019.
  • Plays must have been staged between 1st January 2019 to 31st December 2019.
  • Plays can be in any Indian language or can be non-verbal.
  • There is no restriction on the number of entries by a single applicant.
  • There is no restriction on the duration of the play.
  • There is no restriction on the language.
  • Plays can be adaptations of the work/original scripts of any Indian or International playwright.
  • The Director/Writer/Producer must have copyrights for adaptation/ use of existing music/ visual effects etc.
  • Inspired productions must compulsorily credit the work they are adapted and evolved from.
  • Only original scripts will be eligible for the Best Original Script Award.
  • A play received by the Secretariat in any of the previous years will be considered an invalid Application and is bound to get disqualified.
  • All plays must be video recorded in a suitable environment where all theatre aspects are visible, for e.g. Stage, sets, lights, costumes, sound etc. Videos of rehearsals in a rehearsal space will not be acceptable.
  • Full length plays must be recorded and submitted through the Application Form made available on the Official META Website.
  • The Link of the video of the play can be shared with us through the dedicated field in the application form.
  • Applicants can share the video link by uploading their plays on Google Drive/ YouTube/ WeTrasfer/ Vimeo or any other online method.
  • All the parts of the production must be sent to the Secretariat in the Application itself. Incomplete plays shall disqualify.
  • Excerpts and trailers will not be accepted.
  • Plays must be submitted in their original language along with line by line subtitles (in case of languages other than Hindi or English).


Important Information:

  • There is no application fee required for submission.
  • Post the selection of the 10 plays shortlisted to be showcased during the festival. The cost of shipping the set, travel by AC II and III Tier Sleeper, boarding and lodging, venue cost and any additional technical requirement along with a nominal staging fee will be paid for by the Award Secretariat.
  • The travel and accommodation facilities may vary as per the discretion of the organizer based on the size of groups travelling and the number of individuals in each group.
  • 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.
  • Should a theatre company not be in a position to afford a recording to send their application in META, they may apply for funding up to Rs.4000 in order to record the production and send the entry to META.
  • All such requests should be sent via email on [email protected], along with the invoice of video recording and bank details. Invoice amount or Rs. 4,000, whichever is less shall be reimbursed by the Festival Secretariat post the Festival.
  • All plays in languages other than Hindi or English, if selected, will be staged with subtitles. Line by line subtitles have to be provided by the producer.
  • In case a production house finds it impossible to send in their digital Application, the Secretariat will consider accepting a physical Application. The secretariat should be informed well in advance in such a case. These entries will only be accepted if there is a valid and extreme reasoning to it.


In the event that the production is nominated for the Festival, groups will be invited to stage the play in New Delhi in March 2020 as part of the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards and Festival.

The schedule as decided by the Secretariat is not bound to be influenced by the availability of a production to perform on any specific date of the Festival. Applicants are requested to be aware of the Festival dates and shall make themselves available in case of selection.

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

10 Selected plays will have to perform a 1- minute excerpt from their play at the awards night ceremony in their respective costumes.