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ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 5 June 2018

The Maunaantar 2018 competition is back. From this year, it will be held in Mumbai also

With four years of experience behind it, Maunaantar Mime One Act Play competition has decided to spread its wings and this year, the competition will be held in Mumbai, alongwith Pune.  

The organisers — Wide Wings Media, Dreams 2 Reality and Fairy Tale Media studio — decided to make the move, after getting a good response from Mumbai. So if you and your group are keen to impress ‘without saying a word’, then submit your form before June 16. The registration forms can be downloaded from 

Here are a few details about the competition... 
1.  Maunaantar 2018 is open to all groups and colleges.
2.  There is no age limit for participants.
3.  There is no restriction on the number of team members in a team.
4.  No use of words — in any form — is allowed in the performance. The focus of this competition is its emphasis purely on acting, without resorting to speech or dialogue delivery. The thrust would be on conveying the story through facial expressions, hand signals and body motions.
5.  The maximum play time for each performance is 40 minutes. 
6.  Other aspects of a one act play like set, lights, music, makeup are permitted. 
7.  Though the competition will take place in two cities, results will be declared together for first three winners. The competition in Mumbai will take place at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Dadar on July 6, 2018. In Pune, the competition will be held on July 7 & 8, 2018 at Bharat Natya Mandir. 
8.  Prize distribution and performances of winning plays will be held on July 15, 2018 at Bharat Natya Mandir. The prizes are as follows: First prize — Rs 15,000 & trophy, Second prize — Rs 10,000 & trophy and third prize — Rs 7,500 & trophy.

What is a mime play?
When one says ‘mime’, the first image that pops up is that of Charlie Chaplin. And, correctly so. He remains one of the greatest actors.

When we look at mime as an art form, the challenge for the actor is to entertain the audience without uttering a single word. In this case, his expressions, movements and acting are the tools to communicate with the audience. If he can do it flawlessly, the audience won’t even the notice the absence of dialogues. 

So, are you and your team ready to take up this challenge? 

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