The Times Of India is organising an 8-day Hyderabad festival from 7th to 15th June, at different venues across the city. The festival will feature Indian classical music concerts by Dr. M Bala Muralikrishna, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia and Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, a music nite by Sunidhi Chauhan, food festivals, qawwali-fashion fusion by Munnawar Masoom and Tarun Tahiliani, a rock concert by Parikrama, and music carnivals by Aryans and Shibani Kashyap.
Nadira Babbar's hit play Begum Jaan will be staged on the 2nd day today, at the Shilpakala Vedika auditorium. Written by Javed Siddiqui and directed by Nadira Zaheer Babbar, the play depicts the richness of our vast culture and heritage that is lost today, through the life of Begum Jaan, who is the last witness of that bygone era.
The play revolves around three main characters. There is Begum Jaan, an extremely famous classical singer of the yesteryears who is considered a living legend, Begum Jaan's granddaughter Zarina, and a journalist Sanjay Pande. The interpersonal relationships between these three characters show that every person has covered himself with various layers that have to be peeled off to get to the deepest realties in each of them.
The script is a reflection of India from the pre-independence days to its current state, emerging through Begum Jaan's narration of various events that occurred in her life. Nadira Zaheer Babbar as Begum Jaan, Juhi Babbar as Zarina and Prakash Soni as Sanjay Pande portray the characters.
Entry to the concert is by free invitations, available at The Times Of India office on Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, and at Music World outlets. Please contact 6527-7755 for invitations and further details.