Manipuri play sweeps Olympiad awards

A Manipuri play by the Manipur Dramatic Union from Imphal stole the show at the 26th edition of the Indian Theatre Olympiad that ended here on Monday.

By LALMOHAN PATNAIK in Cuttack
  • Published 12.09.18
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Artistes stage Poktringeida Shijage during the Theatre Olympiad in Cuttack. 
Picture by Badrika Nath Das

Cuttack: A Manipuri play by the Manipur Dramatic Union from Imphal stole the show at the 26th edition of the Indian Theatre Olympiad that ended here on Monday.

The Olympiad - an international festival of drama, dance and music - was organised by the Utkal Yuva Sanskrutik Sangh at Sarala Bhavan since September 1.

Sangh general secretary Kartik Rath said the Manipuri play, Poktringeida Shijage (Better Dead Than Born Alive), by Mani Yumnam was adjudged as this year's best play. "It was presented on Sunday and chosen for the best award for its powerful portrayal of the alarming problem of crimes against women in the face of social and moral degeneration and how it has become a curse to be born as a girl child," Rath said.

The best director award also went to Poktringeida Shijage director Th Brajabidhu Singh. "We are happy that the play succeeded in communicating how a newborn girl is no longer welcomed by parents of a section of society because of the existing mindset about women. The recognition in the form of best play is testimony to it," Singh said.

Programme director Anuroopa Rath said Poktringeida Shijage also swept the awards for best actor and actress with L. Bipin Singh and Th Madubala Devi, respectively.