Nagpur: The coveted drama competition Purushottam Karandak will be held at Scientific Society hall from October 1 to 4. This will be the 51st year of the competition organized by Maharashtriya Kalaupasak, Pune.
Addressing the media on Thursday, Rajan Thakurdesai, of Kalaupasak said that this would be the third consecutive year when the competition is being held in Nagpur besides the other five centres in Mumbai, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri and Pune. The competition which began in 1963 was once held in city in 1983 and then again in 2001. “But lack of finances and collaborators led to its discontinuation,” he said.
The one act play competition to be held at Scientific Society hall is open for all colleges in various districts of Vidarbha. “This is a platform for students and all aspects of theatre are to be handled by them,” Thakurdesai said. The competition is much coveted for its handsome prizes given for best acting, direction and writing.
Another category of experimental play has been added recently. The response from Nagpur to the competition has been very encouraging as in 2013 eleven teams participated and the number rose to 23 last year. Upto two teams from one college can take part. “Last year, a team from Nagpur won the prize in the experimental category at the mega finals held in Pune,” Thakurdesai said. Four plays from each of the six centres compete at the mega final events.
The judges for the Nagpur event are Mrunal Puranik, Sanjay Bhakre and Digambar Nighojkar.
The last date for submission of entries is September 24. More information can be had from Sarika Pendse on 9422113232.