Get, set, write playwrights!

Sakal Times
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

In its third edition, Being Association, Mumbai’s Sanhita Manch is inviting original Hindi scripts, and three best winning entries will be staged. This platform, which aims to bridge the gap between playwright/writers, publishers and directors, was initiated in 2017.

In its third edition, Being Association, Mumbai’s Sanhita Manch is inviting original Hindi scripts, and three best winning entries will be staged. This platform, which aims to bridge the gap between playwright/writers, publishers and directors, was initiated in 2017. The Hindi dramatic tradition is indebted to its original classic scripts and the earnest demand for a new script is a ceaseless process. It is quite likely that playwrights from every corner of this country are persistently writing but they are not able to reach the theatre directors or publishing house.

Being Association, Mumbai took the lead in eliminating this shortcoming and set up this common platform. In 2017, the theatre group started Sanhita Manch to conduct a nationwide hunt for new Hindi plays and the best three plays were staged. The responses from playwrights and directors across the nation were even more commendable in the second edition of Sanhita Manch competition, 2018, said a press release. 

This year, the manch again invites new Hindi plays from every corner of the country. The authors can send original, adapted or translated plays in Hindi. The best three Hindi plays will be chosen by the eminent senior theatre personalities — Ratna Pathak Shah, Atul Tiwari and Ranjit Kapoor. These plays will be directed by three promising young directors and will be staged in different cities of India. Also each winner will get a prize money of Rs 50,000.

This year, there is a special section for Marathi plays too. Only original Marathi scripts would be considered eligible. The best Marathi play will be awarded and staged too. Thespian Satish Alekar will be in the Marathi jury committee along with distinguished theatre personalities, Jayant Pawar and Iravati Karnik.

The three awarded Hindi plays and one Marathi play will be published in a book compiled by Being Association. All the authors and dramatists should send a brand-new play which is not performed or published elsewhere, send their entries to the given postal address or email-ID of Sanhita Manch. The entry form for the competition is available on — www.beingassociation.com 

Last date for submission: April 10, 2019
Date of award announcement: June 1, 2019
Postal Address: Sanhita Manch, The National Playwriting Competition
Being Association, 701, Paradise Heights., Near Millat Nagar Masjid
Andheri (W), Mumbai - 400053
Email id: beingsanhita@gmail.com

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