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This play is a lively, entertaining and an educative account of an intriguing man named Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib -- a master yet a rundown poet, a privileged yet a pitiable elite, an extravagant yet a poor noble, a devout yet a self effacing lover, an irreverent yet a pious husband and a self-seeking yet an altruistic person. This is what one comes across while watching in the play 70 year old Ghalib (Tom Alter) narrating the memoirs of his life to his first biographer Maulana Altaf Hussein Hali. Ghalib in his inimitable style, laced with humor and satire, takes Hali and audiences to an array of scenes, depicting Ghalib- the talented child; Ghalib - the carefree young man; Ghalib - the mature middle aged: His wife (Umrao Begum), a God fearing lady wedded to man who defied God: His family that got reduced to two from seven in a very short span of time: His deranged brother, shot dead as a rebel by Britons in 1857: His devout servants, twenty one in total: His lady love (Mughol Jan), who committed suicide: His futile attempts to secure a dignified position in Mughol Darbar, and also the professorship in Delhi College: His contemporaries – virtually a long list – From Mir Taqi Mir to Momin and from Sir Ross to Col. Burn etc. In the process, he dispels myths (which still persist) about his rivalry with Ustad Zauq; about his love for wine and women, about his role in the first war of independence etc. At the core of the play are Ghalib’s Ghazals (recited, sung and performed); including a good number of them hitherto unheard.  Read More...

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