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“Lal Qile Ka Aakhri Mushaera” is a beautiful re-creation of the last ‘poetic congregation’ during the reign of the last Mughol Emperor and eminent poet, Bahadur Shah ‘Zafar’, portrayed by none other than Tom Alter, a master of Urdu, Acting & History telling. The importance of this historic play lies in the fact that it literally assembles on one stage the greatest of Urdu Poets. It, therefore, re lives the ‘Golden Period’ of Urdu Poetry represented by Zauq, Ghalib, Momin, Zafar, Dagh, Azurdah, Aish, Sheftah, Huzoor, Tishnah, Daagh, Shauq, Raqam and many more. In the process, this highly rich costume and period drama brings forth the poetry of the finest quality and class: For instance, Ghalib’s, “Ibn-e Maryam hua kare koi”, Zauq’s, Laayi hayaat aaye, qaza le chali chale”, Momin’s, “Asar us ko zara nahin hota” , Zafar’s, “ Ya mujhe afsar-e shahana banaya hota”. No less does the play the bring the audience face to face with the legends – their elegant recitation styles and mannerisms, their inter-person relationships, their exclusive get ups and, most important of all, their excellent sense of humor as reflected in repartees they frequently exchange with one another during the course of the Mushaera. In the broader sense, the play showcases the life and living in ‘Dehli’, before it began to undergo a sea change -- politically, socially and culturally -- in the wake of the First War for Independence in 1857. The play features some of the prominent actors of the country; including Harish Chhabra as Ghalib, Vishnu Sharma as Munshi Tishnah, M Sayeed Alam as Zauq; and inimitable Tom Alter as Bahadur Shah ‘Zafar’, who in the past has portrayed, with finesse and flair, ‘Bahadur Shah Zafar in exile’ in “Sons of Babur”, Maulana Azad in “Maulana Azad”, Ghalib in “Ghalib”. The play has been written and directed by Dr M Sayeed Alam, reputed for his penchant for historical, historic and humorous plays. Last but not the least, the play is produced by Pierrot’s Troupe - the theater company credited with giving many new, original and entertaining productions to Hindi and Urdu theatre: Ghalib In New Delhi, Maulana Azad, Cut…Cut…Cut, Big B, Ghalib, K L Saigal, Sons of Babur, 1947, Ghalib Ke Khat, Shah Jahan –O- Mumtaz, Pakistan Aur Alzheimer’s, To Gandhi Ji With Spelling Mistakes, Tumko Chahoon, Raja Nahar Singh etc.  Read More...

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