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Aditya Sudarshan wins MetroPlus Playwright Award 2011

Aditya Sudarshan is the winner of the MetroPlus Playwright Award 2011 for his entry The Green Room.

Instituted by The Hindu, the Award carries a prize of Rs.1 lakh for the best original unpublished and unperformed playscript in English.

After graduating in law in 2007 from the National Law School of India, Bangalore, he chose to be a fulltime writer. The 26-year-old, Mumbai-based Mr. Sudarshan has published two novels, A Nice Quiet Holiday and Show Me A Hero, and contributed several short stories to anthologies and magazines. He is the author of a previous full-length play Sensible People, which will be performed in Delhi.

The Green Room was selected from 117 entries received from all over the country. Seven plays were long-listed, of which three were short-listed. The other two short-listed entries were Swetanshu Bora's Once, On That Street and Abhishek Majumdar's The Djinns of Eidgah.

The scripts were judged by a panel of three eminent persons engaged in theatre: Arshia Sattar, an independent scholar, translator and teacher and Director of the Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival 2005; Keval Arora, who teaches literature and drama in Delhi and is a distinguished theatre critic; and Shernaz Patel, a well-known Mumbai-based actress in theatre, television and film, who organises the playwriting festival Writers' Bloc.

In a citation, the judges described The Green Room as a strong and direct playscript. “The aspirations of its three characters collide against each other in a small claustrophobic space, giving the play a natural tension and tautness which Sudarshan manages skilfully right through to the end. Despite its tightly bound canvas, The Green Room evokes a larger world where the pains and pleasures of artistic integrity and the seductions of easy success are present in equal measure, each a shimmering horizon that beckons, each an altar on which the other must be sacrificed. To Sudarshan's credit, each of his characters is sympathetic, confronting the audience with the same dilemmas as its players. This is truly an actor's script.”

Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Sudarshan described the The Green Room as “a very personal play.” He said he was not sure whether the conflicts it dealt with would matter to other people the way they mattered to him. “The award really means a lot to me.”

The MetroPlus Playwright Award 2011 is the fourth since it was launched in 2008. The other three winners were Abhishek Majumdar for Harlesden High Street, Prashant Prakash and Kalki Koechlin for Skeleton Woman, and Neel Chaudhuri for Taramandal.


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