The Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival is back this year, and is being organized from 31st Oct to 7th Nov. The festival is conducted by the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation, which was established by Mohammed Ali Baig in memory of his father Qadir Ali Baig, a doyen of Hindustani theatre.
The foundation was established in an attempt to revive the Indian theatre scene. On board are danseuse Vani Ganapathy, actresses Rohini Hattangadi, Suhasini Maniratnam and Urmila Matondkar, lyricist Javed Akhtar and director M S Sathyu.
The foundation not only stages plays every month, but also imparts to young talent, basic training in all aspects of theatre. Begum Razia Qadir Ali Baig, wife of Qadir Ali, is the Chairperson of the foundation, Sathyu is the National Director, and Mohammad Ali is the President.
On 5th Nov '08, as part of the festival, Charan Das Chor, a play by Habib Tanvir, is being staged at Ravindra Bharathi. The play is an adaptation of a Rajasthani folktale by Vijay Dan Detha, and was originally performed by Chattisgarhi village performers of Naya Theatre. Habib Tanvir's adaptation of this comic folk tale has been acclaimed throughout India as one of the most outstanding contributions to Indian theatre.
The play is about truth and integrity told through the perspective of a clever and benevolent thief, who is ready to pay any price to retain his integrity. Charandas Chor received the Fringe Firsts Award at the Edinburgh International Drama Festival in 1982.
Habib Tanvir is a Hindi playwright, theatre director, poet and actor. Having moved to Bombay in 1945, he joined the All India Radio (AIR) Bombay as a producer. Besides that, he wrote songs for Hindi films, and even acted in a few. In 1954, he moved to New Delhi, where he worked with Qudsia Zaidi's Hindustani Theatre, and authored numerous plays. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1969, the Padmasri in 1983, a Sangeet Natak Akademi fellowship in 1996, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002.
Naya Theatre was founded in 1959 by director Habib Tanvir, and comprised of folk artists from the remote tribes and villages of Chattisgarh. The company became a registered non-profit cultural organization in 1964, and a professional theatre group in 1970, staging at least 3 new plays a year and touring India. In addition to the performances, the company also organizes lecture demonstrations and training courses.
The event is being presented by Karvy, and APTDC and ICCR are associate sponsors. The event is supported by SBH & SBI, the official host is HICC, and Deccan Chronicle is the media associate.
Tickets are priced Rs. 100, Rs. 250 & Rs. 500, and are available at Shoe World (Patthargatti), ICCR (Ravindra Bharathi), Music World (Banjara Hills), Novotel (Hitech City), Sangeet Sagar (Paradise Circle), Walden (Begumpet), A A Hussain (Abids) and Ofen (Road No. 10, Banjara Hills).
Please contact 2323-3672 for further details.