Celebrating the centenary year of the legendary journalist, writer and filmmaker Khwaja Ahmed Abbas and Qudsia Zaidi, the pioneer of Hindustani theatre, the 26th Urdu Drama Festival came to an end, this Saturday. Over six days, the plays written by the two writers were staged as part of the festival. It was presented by Department of Art, Culture & Languages in association with Urdu Academy.
The curtains came down on the festival with the staging of the Begum Zaidi’s humorous take on ordinary life Dhoban Ko Kapde Diye.The play was extracted from her famous Chacha Chakkan series. The play centers around Chacha Chakkan, a 45 year old gentleman, his family and his quirky misadventures due to his penchant for interfering in house-hold affairs, much to the consternation of his wife. Presented by the Social Pride Welfare Society, the play was directed by Danish Iqbal.
On the fifth day of the festival, Qudsia’s play Khalid ki Khala, directed by Chander Shekhar Sharma, was performed by the Mask Players Art Group. The play revolves around two friends who are desperate to invite to lunch their young girlfriends whose conservative caretaker insists on the presence of a woman at the gathering. The love story between a courtesan and a revolutionary young man was the subject of Janhaar, the play written Zaidi and performed on the fourth day of the festival. The tribute came as part of the centenary year celebrations of the two legends, both of whom were born in a pre-independence India in 1914.
‘We are happy that the festival played its part in reviving consciousness about these two leading
figures in the field of Indian art and culture. It is a matter of pride for us that we are paying tribute to these two legends through this festival,’ says Anis Azmi, Secretary, Urdu Academy.