14th-20th March 2024
Kamani Auditorium & Shri Ram Center
New Delhi


Nominations 2024

The Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META), soon to enter its 19th year, continues to applaud the finest in Indian theatre and set benchmarks for excellence. Instituted by the Mahindra Group with the objective of becoming a significant platform for theatre across regions, states and dialects in India, META is Indian theatre's most definitive award that recognises all aspects of the stage, including play-writing, set, costume and light design, direction and performance. As the world grappled with a pandemic between 2020 and 2021, the show didn't stop for META and saw the META stage going virtual with magnificent productions showcased online for theatre-lovers and connoisseurs. In 2022, we came back with a physical showcase of four award-winning plays from META 2020, the 15th edition. In 2023, we went back to where we belong - the stage - with business as usual! META 2023 awarded the ten best productions from the 350 plus submissions and the plays were staged in New Delhi, followed by the red carpet gala awards night. META 2024 will be held between 14th - 20th March and will be open for entries soon. Watch this space!

Over the years, META has given voice to diverse themes ranging from contemporary and pressing social issues, mythology, religion, gender, caste, politics, and classics, through the plays it has showcased.

META aims to increase awareness and appreciation of Indian theatre and is the only national arena for recognizing and rewarding the country’s best productions and theatre-practitioners. Out of the over 400 plays received every year, 10 are nominated to be staged over a week in Delhi and vie for the coveted awards. The Awards Night is awaited across theatre communities in the country, when awards in 13 categories and a Lifetime Achievement Award, are given out.

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META Over the Years

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Theatre Productions

3560
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Plays Submitted

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Artistes

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