The Finals of the National Drama Festival in Marathi language was held on Sat. 9 Dec. 2017 at Serge Constantin Theatre Vacoas. The event was a special one as it marked the 40 years of the Marathi Drama Festival (1977-2017). The programme of the day was:

Presentation of First Play – HAA JAWAAYEE by Vitthal Rakhumayi Mandir

Official Opening of a Photo Exhibition

Presentation of Second Play – NAWRAA VIKANEY AAHEY by Chamouny Marathi Stree Mandali


Presentation of Third Play – LAGNA KALLOL by Shivaji Bhosle Youth Club

3 Best plays for the finals were being adjudicated by: Mrs. Luchmee Bye Babajee, Mrs. Geetabye Dhurmea, Mr. Niteen Bappoo. This year’s festival saw participation from 13 groups. Preliminaries were held at Regional level during 21st Nov. till 28th Nov. 2017 at different venues including – Vinayak Mandir Beau Bassin, Serge Constantin Theatre Vacoas and Maratha Mandir Henrietta.

Last years’ (2016) Best Play was Gadbad Gondhal directed by Shirish Rama of Kalakaaranchi Toli.


Synopsis of Haa Jawayee:

Mahadea Marathe, an orthodox head of Marathi Associatoin is very strict concerning cultural values, traditions, rites & rituals of his ancestors. One day his daughters..

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Synopsis of Nawraa Vikaney Aahey:

Being fed up with the daily fights with her husband, Deepa decides to get rid of him. She puts an advertisement on facebook, then..

Synopsis of Lagna Kallol:

This Sunday morning, Aai and Archana are very much excited, as a potential groom is coming to see the latter for marriage. They are planning every single detail to impress the boy and his family. However, the family of the groom is insisting on meeting Archana’s father…


The Results for 2017’s Marathi Drama Festival is as follows:

Best Play – HAA JAAWAYEE by Vitthal Rakhumayi Mandir

Second Best Play – NAWRAA VIKANEY AAHEY by Chamouny Marathi Stree Mandali

Third Best Play – LAGNA KALLOL by Shivaji Bhosle Youth Club

Best Actor – Yashwant Dhurmea in the role of Ramsaran in HAA JAAWAYEE

Best Actress – Dishtee Gowrea in the role of Anuja in HAA JAAWAYEE

Second Best Actor – Deebesh Ragoo – Marathi Oopkarenee Sabha Branch No. 2

Second Best Actress – Varshi Bai Appa – Varshi Bye Appa in the role of Aai in LAGNA KALLOL

Best Director – Sonah Dhurmea

Second Best Director – Poonam Seetaram

Best Local Writer – Sonah Dhurmea

Special Prize for the most Promising Young Actor – Sanju Janak Naroo in the role of Dudhwala in Lagna Kallol

Special Prize for the most Promising Young Actress – Prishtee Luximon – Chamouny Marathi Mandir

Special Prize for Actor under 15 years – Gyanesh Deojee – Maratha Mandir

Special Prize for Actress under 15 years – Harshika Bai Raojee – Mont Ida Shree Ganesha Mandir

Special Prize for Beginner Group – Marathi Sahitya Parishad

Best Set Designer –Yashwant Dhurmea for HAA JAAWAYEE

Special Prize to the Best Play staged on the theme “Lame dans Lame” – HAA JAAWAYEE


Press Article displayed in the Photo Exhibition:

The first marathi drama festival started with great enthusiasm and profuse blessings at the Trafalgar Hall. This festival has attracted the concern of the whole Marathi speaking section of the population. The Mauritius Marathi Mandali Federation has taken the bright initiative to support the participating clubs. Besides direct financial help, the Federation has issued stickers with inscription “First Marathi Drama Festival” which are sold at Rs. 1.50 each, the proceeds of which will go to the clubs.

Eleven groups have entered the festival this year. Five plays are Mauritian Authors. They are “Ladki Renu”by tookaram dowlutrao , produced by the authoe for the Mont Ida Marathi School.
“Mee Challo Gangateeree” by D. Paddia produced by Sadaseewoo Mahadoo for the Mare d’Albert Marathi Oopkareenee Sabha.
“Darodeer” by P.Itoo, produced by Roopsen Deojeee for the Melrose Marathi Cultural Circle.
“Guru Prasad” by Dharma Govind, produced by the author for the Palma Marathi Vidya Pracharak Sabha and “Eka Darudyachi Abru” by A. Paddia, produced by Mahadeo Gootwappa by the Quatre Bornes Marathi Sahitya Parishad.
Dr. Dharamvir Bharati whose “Andha Yug” produced by Mohan Maharishi has been a roaring success in Mauritius and in India, is also in the game.
Anand Laxman is producing his “Nile Sarovar” for the Veer Hanumanta Dramatic Association of Dagotiere