The Kolkata based theatre group Padatik announces the Shyamanand Jalan National Youth Theatre Award 2011. Shri Shyamanand Jalan passed away in May 2010 leaving the Padatik family bereft but with a wonderful legacy that must be carried on, making all efforts to keep alive the spirit of exploration, encouragement & enthusiasm which he nurtured in all activities related to Theatre, Dance & other Art forms.
Keeping in mind Shyamanand's special attention to promoting and mentoring 'young talent', it is only appropriate to focus on programs with special emphasis on schemes for the youth.
On 4th December 2010, a book on Shyamanand Jalan will be released at Rabindra Sadan; this will be followed by excerpts of some plays directed by him, enacted by actors he trained;
There will also be an exhibition on Shyamanand's works at Gaganendra Shilpa Pradarshanshala (Calcutta Information center) from 3rd - 6th December 2010. This will be inaugurated by Shri Girish Karnad; Shri Shyam Benegal and Shri Kulbhushan Kharbanda are also expected to be present at these programs. These initatives are supported by Anamika Kala Sangam and Natya Shodh Sansthan.
The Shyamanand Jalan National Youth Theatre Award Scheme:
The SJNYTA scheme is an Annual Award to be presented every year on 13th January. The 2011 Award is for original scripts from Indian playwrights between 18 to 25 years of age.
Submissions open from 30th September 2010 to 15th November 2010.
Rules 1.The scheme is open to Indian playwrights between 18 to 25 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 previously. 4.Play scripts may be submitted in Hindi, Bengali or English along with a synopsis of not more than 300 words in English 5.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. 6.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. 7.Winning entry will be selected by an independent panel of 3 judges. 8.Work which expands or challenges existing theatre paradigms in any way will be especially encouraged 9.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 10.The play may be produced in any or all of the three languages mentioned. 11.The judges decision will be final and no correspondence concerning the results can be entered into. 12.Padatik does not accept responsibility for loss of, or damage to, submitted scripts. Scripts entered are not returnable. 13.The winner will be notified by post/e-mail within 31st Dec,2010 and the result will be announced on the Padatik Website. 14.Application to include a) entry form as per format b) biography of applicant in not more than 200 words c) age proof d) self-addressed, stamped envelope in case applicant desires acknowledgement of receipt. 15.Send entries marked SJNYTA to: