As part of its Celebrating Theatre series, Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation is presenting a live interaction session between between theatre personalities Nadira Babbar and Mohammed Ali Baig, on 23rd January, at the Taj Banjara.
Nadira Babbar is an Indian theatre artiste, director and cinema actress, who is the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2001. Nadira founded a Mumbai-based theatre group called Ekjute in 1981. She is the first wife of yesteryear film actor and now politician Raj Babbar. She has directed and acted in several plays, including Begum Jaan, Ji Jaisi Aapki Marzi, Dayashankar Ki Dairy and Sandhya Chhaya. She acted in 2 movies - Gurinder Chadha's film, Bride And Prejudice
(2004), and M F Hussain's Meenaxi: A Tale Of Three Cities
Mohammedd Ali Baig is the son of the Hindustani theater doyen Qadir Ali Baig. He is known for his international ad-films (for the Aditya Birla Group, Coke, Ford etc.). He quit this well-paid job in order to revive theatre in Hyderabad and take charge of the Qadir Ali Baig Foundation, at the instance of his mother Razia Baig. He has directed a few plays among which are Taramati, and His Exalted Highness.
The Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation was founded by Mohammed Ali Baig in an attempt at revival of theatre which had lost its sheen. The foundation has on board danseuse Vani Ganapathy; artistes Rohini Hattangadi, Suhasini Mani Ratnam and Urmila Matondkar; lyricist Javed Akhtar; and director M S Sathyu.
The foundation not only stages plays regularly every month, but also imparts basic training in all aspects of theatre so that young talent gets nurtured. Begum Razia Qadir Ali Baig, wife of Qadir Ali, is the chairperson of the foundation, while Sathyu is the national director and Mohammad Ali is the president.
Entry is strictly by invitation. Please contact 98490-66522 for further details.