The Regency Hall at the imperial ITC Windsor was packed and brimming with art lovers, glitterati, and industrialists alike at the show of heritage play Quli: Dilon ka Shahzaada. The Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation production from Hyderabad had its exclusive premiere in Bengaluru after being the toast of international arts festivals in India, Europe, Canada and the US.
Hailed as ‘an Indian masterpiece’ by the European media and ‘mesmerising’ by the US media, the 60-minute Urdu spectacle charmed audiences with its retelling of Hyderabad’s love-legend. Directed by and featuring Padmashri awardee Mohammad Ali Baig, Quli: Dilon ka Shahzaada captivated hearts under the majestic arches of the Regency Hall. Baig, as the prince himself, hypnotised the rapt audience and Noor Baig as Quli Qutb Shah’s devadasi beloved Bhagmati was moving and graceful in her performance.
Veteran actors Vijay Prasad and Rashmi Seth were strikingly impressive in their brief roles. Live Qawwali by musicians from the illustrious Warsi and Hussain gharana and shadow dance embellished the haunting spectacle which narrated the historic love story and its impact on the multicultural history of Hyderabad.
“It was a memorable experience performing for the Bengaluru audience and their standing ovation was indeed touching. I’m glad that the universal appeal of the story and the timelessness of this piece of theatre was so well-received by people here, as it did with theatre audiences in Europe, US and Canada,” said Baig, after the show.
Written by Noor Baig and Mohammad Ali Baig, the play is now invited to Turkey by the government and to the US by the International Association of Heritage Museums. It is a befitting way to celebrate the completion of 10 years of the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation.
Bangalore Mirror, “Quli holds Bengaluru spellbound,” in Bangalore Mirror, March 30, 2015. Accessed on March 30, 2015, at: http://www.bangaloremirror.com/bangalore/others/Quli-holds-Bengaluru-spellbound/articleshow/46738601.cms
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