The Manipuri play, Poktringeida Shijage (Better Dead Than Born Alive) bagged the Best Play Award at the 26th edition of the Indian Theatre Olympiad. The play by the Manipur Dramatic Union from Imphal stole the show at the Olympiad. The international festival of drama, dance and music was organised by the Utkal Yuva Sanskrutik Sangh at Sarala Bhavan.
General Secretary of the Sangh, Kartik Rath, said that the play was chosen for the best award for its powerful portrayal of the alarming problem of crimes against women in the present times of degradation of social and moral values. The play showed how it has become a curse to be born as a girl child.
The best director award also went to Poktringeida Shijage director Th Brajabidhu Singh. He said that the team was overwhelmed with the award. He also stated that the play succeeded in communicating how a newborn girl is usually not welcomed by parents of a section of society, because of the existing mindset about women.
Programme director Anuroopa Rath revealed that Poktringeida Shijage also swept the awards for best actor and actress with L Bipin Singh and Th Madubala Devi, respectively.