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Casting Call: 

Indigo Kids Edutainment, the leader in children's entertainment, open's their comical version of "The Ramayan" on Oct 9th & 15th in Pune and Mumbai respectively. A children's play in English we're looking for a young male actor with good English diction whose forte is comedy. Rehearsals begin immediately. The play which opened last year was a super hit for children everywhere. 
Please call on 9820143854 (Pinky) or 9821080204 (Ekta).

>> Patrick French
Author of India, An Intimate Biography of 1.2 Billion People

in discussion with

Kumar Ketkar, Editor-in-Chief, Divya Marathi, Dainik Bhaskar Group,
Shabana Azmi, Actor and Activist
Aditya Sinha, Editor-in-Chief DNA

Entry Free. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis at Prithvi Theatre, 8th August, 2011.
The evening will begin at 7:30 pm.

Patrick French, author of India: A Portrait – An Intimate Biography of 1.2 Billion People, a narrative of the social and economic revolutions that are transforming India. The author weaves his way around subjects as diverse as Maoism and Mayawati, Afzal Guru and corruption, India’s wine industry and socialism. He also presents a mathematical analysis of the nepotism in Indian politics, an analysis of ‘Mummy-Papa MPs’.

This event is organised by Literature Live!, The Mumbai Lit fest. The Festival was launched in November 2010. The response from Mumbaikars during the three-day fest was truly enthusiastic and it was clear from the level of audience participation that Literature Live! was answering a long-felt need.

The 2011 edition of Literature Live!’s Lit Fest will be held onNovember 4, 5 and 6 at the National Centre for Performing Arts,Nariman Point. Well-known writers, both international and domestic,will participate. Each session will aim to be lively, erudite without being academic, and will strive to engage the audience in the debate.
Books will be launched, book signings will take place and writers and readers will interact in an informal space.

Literature Live! also holds individual events such as this through the year. 

>> The Sultan Padamsee Award For Playwriting:
The Sultan Padamsee award for playwrights, after Sultan Bobby Padamsee, who founded Theatre Group in Mumbai in 1941, has a legacy of its own. The award, which was instituted in 1966, continued till the eighties. It has been re-instituted and six plays have been nominated this year – ‘Collector of Memories’ by Arathi Menon, ‘Karni’ by Dr Manasee Palshikar, ‘Limbo’ by Manjima Chatterjee, ‘Nasreen’ by Sabina Mehta Jaitley, ‘Tales of Kutty’ by Chanakya Vyas, and ‘Ultimate Kurukshetra’ by Ram Ganesh Kamatham.

The award is meant to encourage Indian playwriting in English and is open to playwrights of Indian origin from around the world. The judges this year are Dolly Thakore, Ayesha Sayani, Lillete Dubey and Akarsh Khurana.

The event is being organized by Raell Padamsee of Ace Productions. The award winning play will receive Rs. 1 Lakh, while the two runners up will receive Rs. 10,000 each. The winners will be announced on 7th August 2011.


Padatik, Kolkata announces the Shyamanand Jalan National Youth Theatre Award 2012.
The SJNYTA scheme is an Annual Award to be presented every year on the 13th of January
The 2012 Award is for original scripts from Indian playwrights between 18 to 35 years of age
Submissions open from the 30th of July 2011 to 30th October 2011

  1. The scheme is open to Indian playwrights between 18 to 35 years of age
  2. Selected playwright will be awarded Rs.25.000/- and invited for the presentation
  3. Plays must be full length (estimated playing time not less than 75 minutes and not more than 120 minutes).They must not have been produced earlier
  4. Play scripts may be submitted in Hindi, Bengali or English along with a synopsis of not more than 300 words in English
  5. Original plays in any Indian language may be submitted in translation (Hindi, Bengali or English)
  6. Scripts must be clearly typed, double spaced with wide margins. Pages must be numbered and the text securely bound. The author’s name must be mentioned only on the title page. The title of the play must be mentioned on each page of the text
  7. Authors must guarantee that they have sole rights to all matter contained within the play. Any play accepted for production elsewhere before the award is announced will be disqualified
  8. Winning entry will be selected by an independent panel of 3 judges
  9. Work which expands or challenges existing theatre paradigms in any way will be especially encouraged
  10. Padatik will, at its option, retain exclusive rights to produce and stage the play for a period of two years from the presentation of the award. No further royalty or any other fee will be paid for this period
  11. The play may be produced in any or all the three languages mentioned
  12. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence concerning the results can be entered into
  13. Padatik does not hold any responsibility for the loss or damage of the submitted scripts. Scripts entered are not returnable
  14. The winner will be notified by post/e-mail, within 31st Dec, 2011 and the result will be announced on the Padatik website
  15. Scripts submitted online via e-mails, will not be accepted

Applications to include:

  • Entry form as per format
  • Biography of applicant in not more than 200 words
  • Age proof
  • Self-addressed, stamped envelope in case applicant desires acknowledgement of receipt

Swapan Mitra
6/7A, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road
Kolkata-700 017
>> Arvind Sivakumaran has published his play "Americano" and is now for sale at the Prithvi Theatre Bookstore for Rs. 50 only. Or email us at: thescript@qtp.in.
About the Play:Director Arvind Sivakumaran made his debut as a writer with the much-acclaimed play, "My Funny Valentine" now titled "Americano". The play was performed as part of Thespo 2000 and starred Yuki Ellias, Kunal Roy Kapur and Adrian Terron.
Charley Brackett (Kunal Roy Kapur) is a financially downtrodden car salesman from the city, whose skepticism about life is only surpassed by his inferior taste in the opposite sex. He lives in a small apartment with his friend Mike, a local law enforcement officer of (not surprisingly) unshakeable character. After a brief fling with a rich "client" named Madeline Kitridge (Yuki Ellias), Charlie begins to develop strong feelings for the latter and falls hopelessly into a web of murder, deceit and seduction. The situation is inevitably complicated by the involvement of Madeline's husband, Geoffrey, and events finally take a turn for the worse.