The Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation is organising a theater festival from 6th to 10th September, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. This 5-day festival will feature 4 renowned plays and a documentary.
Today, the fourth day, a Hindi play called "Taramati, The Legend Of An Artist" will be staged. The play is about a quintessential artist, whose life makes the statement that art is timeless and that it has no religion.
Taramati's heart and art push her toward her destiny; her mind and immediate feelings pull her the other way. She is torn between her heart and mind, until love unites the two. A simple and innocent village girl, she becomes the very focus of the life of King Sultan Abdullah Qutb Shah (the grandson of the founder of Hyderabad, Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah) as his love. Through a tumultuous journey, she remains the same simple and innocent young woman - an idealist to the core till the very end.
The play is a grand theater spectacle produced and directed by adfilm maker and theater personality Mohammad Ali Baig, and written by Delhi-based playwright and poet Ashok Lal (Maa Retire Hoti Hai). It has music by Kaarthik Ilayaraja (music maestro Ilayaraja's son), lights and sets by Padmasri M S Sathyu, choreography by Bharat Sharma and costumes by Lakshmi Devi Raj. The cast includes dancer/actress Madhu Swaminathan in the title role, ex-model and TV actor Tarun Dhanrajgir (model for Mafatlal and Raymonds, and actor in Gulzar's Tera Panneh, Pride And Predjudice and Hema Malini's Trishna) as the poet Sultan.
The Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation was founded by Mohammed Ali Baig, an advertising wizard, in memory of his father Quadir Ali Baig, who was a doyen of Hindustani theater. It was established in an attempt at revival of theater, which had lost its sheen. The foundation has on board danseuse Vani Ganapathi, 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 theater 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.
The entry to the play is by tickets which cost Rs. 200, Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 per head. Please contact 98490-66522 for further details.