Stories and tales are an extension of life. Language is just a medium of narration. However, each language adds its own nuances and cultural baggage to a story tellers’ tale. At the Urdu Drama Festival that opened in the Capital, some of the best Urdu plays will be put on stage.
Presented by Urdu Academy and Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture & Languages, the 25th Urdu Drama Festival (under Delhi Celebrates 2013) will run for six days with every evening bringing a new play for the audience.
The six-day festival was inaugurated by noted playwright and critic, Reoti Saran Sharma, in the presence of Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, Vice-Chairman, Urdu Academy, SS Yadav, Secretary, (Art, Culture and Languages), and Commissioner, Food & Civil Supplies, Government of Delhi and Anis Azmi, Secretary, Urdu Academy .
The drama festival is dedicated to the literary genius of Krishan Chander, one of the greatest writers born in pre independence India who is revered on both sides of the divide in the Indian subcontinent. The short stories and novels of this prolific Urdu writer, including the much popular Autobiography of a Donkey are a rich treasure.
‘Plays bring out the best of a literature and like stories and novels carry an essence of the richness of a culture. While stories and plays are but a reflection of human life and emotions, each language adds its own color to a form of theater. Urdu literature has a rich tradition of plays and through a drama festival we hope to stage them for the audience. Through the festival we are also playing tributes to Shri Krishan Chander, the legendary Urdu writer who has brilliantly captured the images of his time in his writings,’ says Anis Azmi, Secretary, Urdu Academy.
The festival opened at the Sri Ram Centre with the staging of Parmaatma, a play directed by Ajay Manchanda, adapted for stage by Reoti Saran Sharma. In the upcoming days five more plays will be staged for the audience including Krishan Chander’s classics Darwaze Khol Do to be directed by Sheikh Khairuddin; Ek Qalam Sadak Kinaare to be directed by Rajesh Singh and Hum to Mohabbat Karega directed by Krishan Kant.
The other plays that will be staged are Halal Khor, directed by Govind Singh Yadav, adapted by Dr Mumtaz Alam; Maha Laxmi ka Pul, under the direction and adaptation of Rajesh Tiwari.