Mirza Ghalib is an inspiration for many playwrights but this time a play enlarges its scope to delve into the artists creative struggle. In Delhis theatre circuits,Qaid-E-Hayat,written by Surendra Verma,has over the years seen many directors,first Ram Gopal Bajaj of the National School of Drama (NSD) Repertory Company and later on,Lokendra Trivedi. This time,it is directed by Danish Iqbal of Sada Arts Society. Iqbal was a student of Bajaj in 1989 when the play was first staged.
Mohan Rakeshs Ashadh Ka Ek Din revolves around Kalidas yet touches the lives of every artiste. In this play too,which is about Ghalib,it dwells on the hardships that performing artistes face. It sensitively deals with the dynamics of Ghalibs relationship with his wife and Katiba,a calligraphist, says Iqbal. It captures the troubled world of Ghalib,including his bitter domestic life,his financial difficulties and above all,his troubled and tragic relationship with Katiba. The play was first performed on February 11 this year at Sahitya Kala Parishads Yuva Natya Samaroh. Its critical success has encouraged Iqbal to stage the play again. It is a serious play which aims to understand Ghalib during the time of his downfall. At no point will one find comic elements or mockery regarding Ghalibs crisis or life struggle, says Iqbal. While Iqbal plays Ghalib,Nidhi Mishra,who has previously worked as an actor in the NSD Repertory Company,plays Katiba. Yaseen,a contemporary poet and rival of Ghalib,is played by Sadanand Patil,who is popular for his role in The Kingdom of Dreams play,Zangoora.
Qaid-e-Hayat will be staged on Sunday,14th April at 7.30 pm in the India Habitat Centre. Tickets are available at the venue or bookmyshow.com.