The First Prize for the Sultan Padamsee Playwriting Award was jointly won by Bettina Gracias for her play ‘Watching You’ and Sneh Sapru for her play ‘Hello Farmaish’. The Second Prize was won by Shiv Tandon for ‘A Fistful of Rupees’. The Third Prize was won by Riti Sachdeva for ‘Parts of Parts. And Stitches.’
The Sultan Padamsee Awards for playwrights writing in English will be presented at the grand Tata Literature Live! Awards night on Sunday 18th November at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai.
An eminent jury of Deven Khote, Lillette Dubey and Feisal Alkazi, in a marathon effort, read through each of the 103 entries from across the world to determine the shortlist and winners. The plays were submitted to the jury without the playwrights’ names.
The shortlisted playwrights are (in alphabetical order):
- Bettina Gracias for Watching You
- Riti Sachdeva for Parts of Parts. And Stitches
- Shiv Tandan for A Fistful Of Rupees
- Sneh Sapru for Hello Farmaish
Previous winners of the Sultan Padamsee Awards have been Gurcharan Das, Gieve Patel, Dina Mehta, Cyrus Mistry, Ram Ganesh Kamatham, Vineet Bhalla, Ramneek Singh, Satinder Chohan and Faezeh Jalali. Following her runner-up award, Faezeh Jalali’sShikhandi – The Story of the In betweens was successfully produced. Her production of Vineet Bhalla’s A Farming Story will be premiering on 10th November. Ram Ganesh Kamatham’s Ultimate Kurukshetra is also being produced this month in Bangalore.
A reading of selected scenes from the shortlisted plays by a star cast of actors including Sabira Merchant, Kunal Roy Kapoor, Cyrus Broacha, Kunal Vijaykar, Mandi Padamsee, Deven Khote, Abhishek Chauhan, Priyanka Sethia, Puja Sarup, Tanvi Sonigra, Anahita Uberoi, Shruti Vyas, Yuki Elias and Krusha Mehta will take place before the Awards ceremony.
Literature Live! Founder and Festival Director Anil Dharker said: “I believe that an initiative like the Sultan Padamsee Awards has led to the visible encouragement, and a growing number, of original and viable English playwriting in India, which is being very well received by discerning audiences. We are proud to host this Award on our platform.”
The Theatre Group Bombay started the Sultan Padamsee Playwriting Awards in 1966 in memory of their founder Sultan (Bobby) Padamsee – poet, writer, artist, actor, producer and director – with the aim of encouraging Indian playwrights and playwriting about the Indian context.